Our Staff

Rev. Christopher White
Senior Minister and Team Leader

Rev. Christopher White has been the Senior Minister and Team Leader at Fairlawn since October 2010. He has a long, deep track record of building up his congregations so that they grow in all aspects of church life. He brings a commitment to service in the community and in the greater church. Christopher’s family includes his wife, Wendy, and their two daughters, Elizabeth and Sarah.

In 2012, Christopher received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Community Service, which recognizes those who have made significant contributions to their communities. He has been instrumental in the formation of Faith in the City, an initiative of religious leaders, clergy and lay-people from several faith traditions who, along with concerned members of Toronto City Council, encourage Faith Communities working in areas of common social concern to improve the lives of their neighbours.

Christopher is the editor of the Question Box column in the United Church Observer. He taught at Queen’s University’s Shaw Transformational Leadership program, the Emmanuel College Summer Institute and the Five Oaks Educational Centre. He is a sought-after speaker and workshop leader on issues of leadership and congregational development. Christopher has also written for CBC radio, the Globe and Mail, and other newspapers and magazines.

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Daniel Reed
Minister of Children and Youth

Daniel Reed is the Minister of Children and Youth. He will be completing a two-year internship with us at Fairlawn. He is a recent graduate from the Master of Divinity program at Emmanuel College, University of Toronto and brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, energy and passion for the Christian spiritual development of children, youth and young adults.

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Spirit Space Team

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Eleanor Daley
Director of Music

Eleanor Daley has been the Director of Music at Fairlawn Avenue United Church since 1982. During this time, she has established a thriving choral program for which much of her music has been composed, thanks to the continuing support and talent of her Junior, Intermediate, and Senior choirs.

A prolific composer, Eleanor has a remarkable gift for melody. She has over one hundred and fifty published choral compositions and is commissioned extensively throughout North America. Her compositions have been widely performed, recorded, and aired throughout North America, Great Britain, Europe, South Africa, and the Far East. See The Published Works of Eleanor Daley.

Eleanor has twice received the National Choral Award for Outstanding Choral Composition of the Year, given by the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors (ACCC).

Eleanor’s gift for working with children and youth means that the young singers of our Junior and Intermediate Choirs receive a music education second to none. Our Senior Choir performs a range of music with exceptional skill and beauty, thanks in large part to Eleanor’s inspiring leadership.

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Published works of Eleanor Daley

Fairlawn Music

Doug MacNaughton
Congregation Engagement Manager

Doug MacNaughton is Fairlawn’s Congregation Engagement Manager, reporting to Christopher White.  He brings a wealth of talent and years of Fairlawn experience as a member of our choir, and as a key participant in the Celtic Vespers and the Dickens’ Christmas Carol events.

Doug’s role is helping both new and current members find nourishing ways to engage with the church in a way that works for both.

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Nancy Elliott
Stewardship & Communications Manager

Nancy Elliott has a background in project management for ad agencies as well as extensive experience in promotional strategies using customer databases. Nancy is a member of the North Metro Chorus, and a senior volunteer at Church of the Transfiguration.

Her first activity at Fairlawn will be to manage the acquisition and implementation of an integrated database. She will also undertake Stewardship and Communications activities at Fairlawn. Nancy will be working Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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Office Staff & Custodians

Marilyn Pirie

Church Administrator 

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Janet Gordon

Administrative Assistant/Bulletin Editor

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Kevin Resaul

Head Custodian

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Sua Coghi
Jo Dullard


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