Intentional Interim Minister: Rev. Mary Jo Patterson
Mary Jo Patterson was raised in the small town of Harriston with her late brother Don and her late parents Burt and Wyn Dixon. In grade 5 she met and then years later married the Reverend Gary Patterson. Mary Jo and Gary have two married children with four beautiful grandchildren. Mary Jo received her Designation as an Interim Minister in 2014. Mary Jo is also a registered psychotherapist with a small practice in Simcoe and brings those skills with her to the interim process. She likes to garden and finds much comfort and strength in being in her gardens as well as in her tiny art studio and at a desk where she is still editing her first novel. Mary Jo is delighted to be ministering at Humbercrest.
Short Term Supply Minister: Rev. Dr. Nancy Hardy
The Rev. Dr. Nancy Hardy is a United Church minister living in Toronto. Her pastoral ministry began in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she was director of Christian Education, and also ministered in St. Catharines, Southwestern Ontario and London (ON). As well as her ministry in the pastorate, she worked at the United Church’s national office for a number of years as mission study editor, producing print and audio-visual material for children, youth and adults.
In retirement, she returned to the Toronto School of Theology for Th.D. studies, focusing on the hymns we sing and the faith we live. She is also a recipient of a McGeachy Scholarship, a United Church of Canada research grant for work that expresses the prophetic vision of the Church. Two years of research and writing.resulted in publication of the book Worship in the City: Songs and Prayers for Urban Settings. In her spare time, pre-pandemic, she has indulged her passion for travel, both within and outside Canada.