Rev. David Cooke B.A. M.Div.
Monday to Thursday, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Rev. David comes to us from Hamilton, Ontario, where a 150m tall escarpment is called “the mountain,” so he’s pleased to be among real mountains for a change. Before being ordained by Hamilton Conference and coming to Revelstoke, David spent two years as a hospital chaplain at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, working primarily in mental health and addictions. He received his M.Div. from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto in 2014, and before that received a BA in English literature from York University.
David has a passion for music, having taken up the violin at 5 years old and progressing from there to the viola, singing, and guitar, among many others. These days he mostly plays guitar and sings, and he especially loves indie folk music. He also has a love of hiking, biking, and canoeing, so he’s quite excited to be living in Revelstoke. He's learned how to snowboard since coming here and hasn't seriously hurt himself yet (we'll see if that stays true). Other interest include video & board games (his favourites are the Dragon Age series, Magic: The Gathering, and Dungeons and Dragons), cooking (he is vegetarian after an unpleasant stint working in a meat processing plant when he was younger), and good craft beer (so far, he really likes the Attila the Honey from Mt. Begbie Brewery). In the community, David sings with the community choir, serves on the board of directors for the Revelstoke Hospice Society, and also serves as the contact for the Peace and Justice working unit of Kamloops-Okanagan Presbytery.
David and his husband, Christopher, were married in 2013. They are both look forward to many exciting years in Revelstoke.
Monday to Thursday, 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Beth has lived in Revelstoke for over fifty years and has been involved with the United Church here for almost as long. In her former life, she was a teacher. She will get a more complete bio soon (when she writes one)!
Marvin Dickau A.Mus. RPR CMP
Marvin has had a lifelong involvement in music; he began to study of Piano and Theory at age 10 and learned how to play the organ and how to conduct at age 19 under the top teachers of the time. He received his A.Mus in 1972 from University of Alberta. Before coming to Revelstoke, he has been the Minister of Music at churches in Medicine Hat, Calgary, and Kelowna. He has founded and/or directed many choirs, both Church and community, for all ages and voices. He has been Musical Director for many musicals and the organist for the Medicine Hat Tigers hockey team. He has also composed a number of anthems and vocal solos.