Our Staff

Joanne HedgeJoanne is passionate about God, faith, worship, connecting with others, and practicing radical hospitality and inclusivity. A desire to enliven our worship time and explore new ways to connect to God, Spirit and the life of Jesus focus her work. A commitment to justice for all people and all creation underpins her faith and her ministry. She has a keen interest in exploring and opening space for personal encounters with the divine, and in learning about God, Christ and Spirit with others of all ages. Ordained in Hamilton Conference in 2011, Joanne served a three point rural charge before arriving at Applewood United Church in October 2014. In her ‘previous life’ Joanne was a Minister for Music, a leader in music and art programs for children and young families, a mom, a teacher and a student of life!

Rev. Joanne Hedge
905-277-4162 Ext. 2
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Carolyn Smith

Carolyn takes Applewood Youth and Family ministry beyond fun to an opportunity for real Spirit in real life. Carolyn is an ardent fan of multi-generational worship, emerging church, youth potential, social & environmental justice, and our United Church of Canada. Best of all, she loves digging out dark spaces to find where God shines. She is here as a Designated Lay Minister, with a BA in Political Science, UCC certification in Worship Leadership (theology, spirituality, biblical studies), and NEOS youth leadership training. As well, her certification in childbirth support highlights a commitment to personal and family ministry. Carolyn is often visiting friends, eagerly immersed in pop culture or exploring life around town with her family.

Carolyn Smith, Minister of Christian Development & Pastoral Care
905-277-4162 Ext. 3
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Christina Mulligan

Christina enjoys her position as the Musical Director at Applewood which includes working with the Senior Choir. Thursday night is Choir night and, along with the dedicated practice, there always seems to be a joke or two to be shared and that keeps everyone smiling. Christina enjoys creating a variety of musical styles for the services at Applewood and works with the choir and with guest musicians throughout the year to provide uplifting music. Christina is a graduate of the Humber College Jazz Studies program. She has played keyboards in several pit orchestras including productions of Me and My Girl, Oliver and CATS. She enjoys her diverse work as a freelance musician, and is very excited about her own musical production currently in the works entitled “Walk into the Light”.
Christina Mulligan, Music Director
905-277-4162 Ext. 4
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Nancy Beatty
Nancy’s warm smile and happy personality greet you as you enter the church office. She likes the atmosphere of working in a church and also meeting so many different people. Nancy brings with her experience from working in other churches, skating clubs and with Seniors. She is very knowledgeable about our church and its happenings and will do her best to assist with whatever is requested. She is highly organized and very efficient. Nancy is a huge fan of technology and computers and enjoys working with both in a variety of ways. She has taken creative courses at the Haliburton School of the Arts and also enjoys long walks in High Park with her dog, Penny. Nancy is a valuable asset to our church.
Nancy Beatty, Office Administrator
905-277-4162 Ext. 1
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