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Meet Our Staff

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Sandra Nixon

Coordinating Minister

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Reverend Sandra Nixon was ordained in the United Church of Canada in 2006. She has been with Trinity-Grace since 2010. Originally from Winnipeg, she has called the Lower Mainland home for the past 25 years, as she served congregations in both Vancouver and Richmond.

Sandra is passionate about social justice, spirituality, and the power of community to enrich lives and transform the world. She loves working with all ages, and believes church should be a place where everyone feels welcome, included and valued. She’s also passionate about yoga, gardening, coffee, and enjoying WestCoast life with her family: husband Bryn, children David and Samantha, and her cats, Ashie and Smudge.

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Shadia Qubti

Community Engagement Animator

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Shadia focuses on outreach, community building, networking and social justice activities or our faith community. She worked in peace building and advocacy initiatives through local and international organizations in Israel and Palestine for 15 years. As a Palestine Christian, she worked to amplify the voices and perspectives of women and minorities. Her education includes; International Relations and English Language at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Conflict Resolution and Nonviolent Action at Trinity Dublin College, leading up to currently pursuing a degree in Interreligious and Indigenous Studies at the Vancouver School of Theology in Canada.

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Naoki Natsume

Music Minister

Naoki has trained as a musician since the tender age of 8. On graduating from high school in Japan, he moved to the United States to pursue higher education in music. He received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Arizona and Boise State University, and an Associate of Arts in Music degree from Western Wyoming Community College. He then relocated to Vancouver to study with internationally acclaimed pianist, Sara Davis Buechner. Vancouver is also where he met his wife, Melody.

Honorary Associates

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Janice Guthrie

Honorary Associate in Ministry, Janice Guthrie

Janice leads awesome bible studies that open up the bible and make you think! Come prepared to learn something new every time.

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