Rev Kym Burke

Rev. Kym Burke our Pastoral Care minister.  Kymis a graduate of AST (M.Div, 2021) and currently an AST student (M.A. Theology and Religious Studies).  She has served as minister at Brunswick St. United Church and North River Pastoral Charge for eight months and then took a call in the fall of 2013 to Lawrencetown-Lake Echo United Church Pastoral Charge as their part-time minister where she currently still ministers. She implemented the annual “Blessing of the Surfboards” worship service which is held at Lawrencetown Beach every July.  In addition, she currently sits on the Communication Committee for Region 15.  


Rev. Kym has a deep love for people and an even deeper love for the beach and the meditative peace of the ocean where she takes her daily walks and swims to fill her soul.  She is excited to journey with you all pastorally at Knox United and minister to your needs.  She is excited for paths to cross and connect with each other and the wider world.

Rev Penny Nelson

We are pleased to welcome Rev Penny Nelson as our new minister at Knox.

Rev Penny, a graduate of AST, has served as minister at Sharon United in Tatamagouche for 8 years. 

Rev. Penny sits on Region 15’s Children, Youth, and Young Adults committee and is a founding Member of the United Church Atlantic Regions Anti-Racism Network.

Her passion for outreach lead to the monthly “Village Meal” program in Tatamagouche.


John Lindsay-Botten

A Music grad of Mt. A (’93), John Lindsay-Botten has been active in church music since he was 11, and since 2004 in Greater Halifax, John’s been involved with St. Andrew’s and Bedford United Churches, Calvin Presbyterian Church and the Cathedral Church of All Saints, to name a few.  

He is also a private music instructor, professional vocalist, actor, composer and arranger, as well as husband to Vanessa and father to Mariella and Barrett.  Lastly, he founded and continues to direct the East Coast Carolling Co., bringing holiday harmonies to Halifax and beyond.

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