Meet Your Provincial Leadership team:
The Rev K.D. ‘Casey’ McKibbon B.A:BA; M.Div.
Clergy Support Memorial Church founder Casey left a successful career in business to enter the United Church. He holds Bachelor degrees in English and Philosophy (Laurentian University), and a Master 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 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.
In May 1993, McKibbon 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 honorary member of the Unifor Unifaith Community Chapter of Unifor 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
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.
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 as well as leading worship for ministers when they are away or ill.
Much of her work during Covid- 19 is done with the platform Zoom.
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.
Ed joined CSMC as an administrator in 2019. He comes to us with many years of experience in both the corporate and ecclesiastical worlds. He holds a Master of Divinity from Saint Paul University in Ottawa and also has many years of pastoral ministry, currently serving as a hospital chaplain. Along with managing church donations, Ed is also playing an important role in extending CSMC’s training programs through the Canadian Ministers Institute and has also been contributing to the CSMC website with his own writing.
Ed is married to his best friend, Tracy, and has two adult daughters. Ed and Tracy are very musical, with Ed playing drums and guitar, and also enjoying singing. When Ed’s not making music, playing cards or trivia, he can be found on a golf course, though not quite on the PGA tour.
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