Meet Your Provincial Leadership team:
The Rev K.D. ‘Casey’ McKibbon BA; M.Div.
Founder – Clergy Support Memorial Church
Clergy Support Memorial Church founder, Casey, left a successful career in business to enter the United Church. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in English and Philosophy (Laurentian University), and a Master’s degree in Divinity (University of Toronto). Casey served the United Church of Canada from 1967 to 1999. He was ordained by that same denomination in 1974.
Casey resigned from the order of ministry of the United Church in 1999 to accept the call to become the Chief Governing Official of Clergy Support Memorial Church.
The most important part of the Mission of the Clergy Support Memorial Church, in Casey’s opinion, is the ability of Clergy Support to restore credentials to pastors who have had their credentials lifted unjustly, thus restoring them to ministry and bringing healing to the wider Church.
In his ministry to minister to families, it is estimated he has helped well over 3000 ministers during the past 40 years thus has bringing healing to many a clergy family: http://clergysupport.ca/
The Fellowship took Clergy Support Memorial Church as its name to honour all the clergy who died from various illnesses during their struggle to receive justice from their various denominations.
As for hobbies, Casey raises ‘wild’ Ontario orchids and many other native wild plants. He is an expert tree planter and organic gardener. He has a deep love and respect for nature and spends as much time as possible watching birds, feeding deer in his backyard and any other wildlife that comes his way, especially his personal flock of wild turkeys.
He loves and respects all creatures especially his two dogs and a cat. Through them he has learned that animals also have rights and need advocates!
In May, 1993, McKibbon, while a United Church minister, was a recipient of the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal awarded by the Government of Canada, for his pioneering ministry with clergy of many faith traditions who felt they were being unfairly treated by their Congregation or by a Church Bureaucracy.
On Dec 1, 2016 Casey was made an honourary member of the Unifor Unifaith Community Chapter of the Union for his lifetime of solidarity with his sisters and brothers in the United Church of Canada. Unifor is a general trade union in Canada and the largest private sector union in Canada.
Bev Fenerty-McKibbon BA; MBA.
Founding Partner and Director Clergy Support Memorial Church
Bev had a varied and successful career in management with a large Canadian corporation before retiring. She holds a BA from Laurentian and an MBA from Athabasca University in Alberta
She is active in several charitable organizations in such areas as education, advocacy and fundraising. Her main interest is working as a volunteer for the Grandmothers National Advocacy Network. They lobby Parliament Hill for lower drug prices. In addition, they raise money to help Grandmothers in Africa who, after watching their own children die of HIV/Aids, now have the responsibility of raising their grandchildren.
Bev is a great organizer and supporter of social justice issues especially those focusing on women’s rights.
Her role at Clergy Support includes the ongoing evaluation and training of our very talented Clergy and serving many committees on the Church Board plus leading special projects.
Rev Marilyn Coolen
Regional Director – Nova Scotia
Marilyn is a key member of our head office staff representing us in Nova Scotia, with a variety of administration roles. Her tasks include mentoring new clergy and helping with their training.
Most days, you will find her working in our Halifax office overlooking beautiful Bedford Basin and thinking up ideas and action plans on how we can grow our Church in Nova Scotia. She will enable many of the Church’s outreach and branding initiatives across the province.
She manages our office and worship center at Veith House in Halifax.
Marilyn is a complete “people person” who is also a real animal lover. She is committed to social justice projects and human rights for all.