46 Main Street, Fredericton 506-458-9452 admin@nashwaaksisunited.ca

Staff & Council


Who We Are

Our Staff & Council

We are blessed with the basic resource of a successful Church – people giving their time and talent to support the mission and work of the gospel. We are convinced that those who wash dishes serve equally with those who lead worship. There is no task more or less necessary than any other. This point comes home with great conviction when we are making coffee, tea, and cookies; preparing the communion elements; planning children and youth programs; tending to the flower beds; and mowing the lawn.  Those who are eager to grow in Grace know well that getting involved offers opportunity to practice what we preach. If you or someone you know would like to get involved – let us know! We will find a good fit for your talent and your time.

Rev. Richard Bowley

Minister of Word, Sacrament, and Pastoral Care

The Reverend Richard Bowley was ordained by The United Church of Canada at the 2012 Maritime Conference. He has been a part of the United Church his whole life, attending and serving in churches in Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Saskatchewan.

Rev. Richard attended the University of New Brunswick for his undergraduate degree. He also met his partner, Natalie, while studying there. From Fredericton, Rev. Richard moved to Halifax to get his M.Div from the Atlantic School of Theology, and was ordained in 2012. Following his ordination, he served the West Bay Pastoral Charge for two years.

He spent 6 years (2014-2020) in ministry at St. Paul’s United in Fredericton, New Brunswick. During this time, he also served as president of the former Maritime Conference. Through 2 years (2021-2023) of COVID, Rev. Richard also served in Quispamsis United Church.

Throughout his ministry he has expressed a passion for Worship, Fellowship, and any opportunity to seek the Divine in his neighbour. Social Justice and Prayer are also major foci in his ministry.

Rev. Richard has an extremely supportive (and patient) partner, Natalie, and together they are blessed to have twin children: Aimee and Jacob.

Drop-in Office Hours:

Rev. Richard is in his office and available without appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 AM to 1 PM. Outside of these hours, Rev. Richard can best be reached by email or by phone at (506)262-2150 and other times to meet can be arranged.

Lynda-Jean Coffin

Music Director

I was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and graduated from Mount Allison University with a BA in Music and a B.Ed in Music. I was a music teacher at Birchmount School (Moncton), where I started the first Elementary/Junior High School Band in NB. I also taught private piano and wind instrument lessons.

I served as the music director at Mountain View United Church (Moncton) for approximately 7 years, Beaconsfield United Church, Quebec for over 14 years. I also supplied in many churches in the Montreal area including St James United for 7 summers. Following a move to New Brunswick, I provided organ supply to several churches in the area and then became the music director for New Maryland United.

For 3 years I was fortunate to provide music at the Montreal-Ottawa Conference, as well as at Summer Events for many years held at Bishops College and in Cornwall, Ont. I was honoured to receive the Companion of the College for my musical support of the United Theological College of McGill University in Montreal.

A wonderful marriage with Lloyd ended with his death in 2022. I am blessed with two children, Kelly Jean Ebbett, Fredericton, and Don in Richmond, BC as well as four grandsons.

The passion that energizes my music and spirit is gifted from God. My joy comes from leading the choir and congregation in learning and singing from their hearts and very souls.

Judy Thompson

Administrative Assistant


Judy was raised in Nashwaaksis and attended NUC throughout her youth. She, her husband Paul and their two children returned to NUC after moving back home from Calgary in the early 1990’s.

After a long career as a Dental Assistant and 12 years with Statistics Canada, Judy has easily settled into the role of Administrative Assistant, with the benefit of already knowing most of the congregation.

Judy can be reached in the office at 506-458-9452 or admin@nashwaaksisunited.ca

Council Membership for 2024

(Council is comprised of Committee Chairs that vote or their alternate)

Ministry Personnel

Minister of Worship and Pastoral Care
Rev. Richard Bowley

Rev. Kay Clowater and Rev. Brian DeLong currently offering  Visitation Ministry


Officers of Council and Representatives of Organizations

Chairperson – Jennifer Smith

Secretary – Wilma Gilchrist
Treasurer – Bonnie Lyons
Envelope Steward – Matthew Young
UCW – Ella Brown

    Committees of Council

Board of Trustees

(Chair) Keith Murray , Keith Bagnall; Larry Forward; Dave Huggard; Bob Bartlett; Paul Fullarton.


(Chair) Rob Burton; Matthew Young (Envelope Steward) ; Maureen O’Hara ; Bonnie Lyons  (Treasurer); Keith Bagnall; Harold McLeod; Don Sterling; Russell McCallum; Clinton Lawrence.

Ministry & Personnel

(Chair) Clinton Lawrence; Don Sterling; Jennifer Smith; Bob Bartlett; Shirley Gourley.


(Co-Chairs) Lynn Smith & Ella Brown; Jack Patterson; Joan McGee;  Rhonda  Lawrence; Jean Hicks; Alex LeBlanc; Anne Trecartin; Debbie Smith.

 Pastoral Care

(Chair) Janice Anderson; Marg Gunter; Rena Neales; Kim Hamilton; Barb Huggard; Greta Cooper; Heather Bagnall; Jane VanHorne.

Special Events

(Co Chairs)Larry and Helen Forward; Reg and Janice Anderson; Joan McGee; Rindy Austin;  Nancy Hawkins; Ella Brown; Larry and Jan Buick .


(Chair) Larry Forward; Helen Forward; Jeff Barrett; Alex LeBlanc; Reg Anderson.


(Chair) Jeanie Whitehead; Bonnie Crandlemere; Lynn  McCann; Sandra Coughlan; Sandra Reed; Larry and Helen  Forward; Larry and Jan Buick.


46 Main Street
Fredericton, New Brunswick
E3A 1C1

506-458-9452 (Church Office)
506-262-2150 (Rev. Richard's Cell)


Office Hours
Tuesday - Friday 9am to 2pm

Rev. Richard's Drop-in Office Hours

Tuesday & Thursday 10:30 AM to 1 PM

We dedicate the revitalization of our online presence to the memory of the late Mary Hicks.  We are grateful for Mary’s personal estate bequest in support of the work and mission of Nashwaaksis United Church.