Our Staff

Our Minister

Rev. Grace Caines-Corkum BA, MDiv

Rev. Grace was born and grew up in a small community 20 minutes outside of Halifax (NS). She started her spiritual journey in the little United Church there where her family was very involved and the members of her church congregation were considered part of her family.

It was there, in that small and dedicated congregation, that she found nurturing, respect and encouragement. And it was in this place of the spirit that she found a calling to ministry.

It is because of this loving early faith experience that she has shaped her ministry around the hope that the church congregation can be a family. A place where everyone is not just welcomed but also cared for, respected, challenged and taught.

She attended Mount Saint Vincent University and the Atlantic School of Theology where she earned her BA and MDiv respectively. She has served in the Musquodoboit Harbour Pastoral Charge and at Dalhousie University in Halifax as the first female United Church university chaplain in Canada. This was her ministry journey before finding a new home in beautiful Lunenburg.

She is happily married to Barry Corkum and they are the proud parents of a grown son Grant.


Our Minister of Music

John Scott

      Mr. Scott is the University and Chapel Organist at Acadia University. In addition, he is the Director of the Manning Memorial Chapel Choir at Acadia. He instructs in both organ and keyboard and has directed the Acadia University Orchestra. He is the current Director of the South Shore Chorale. His most recent church position was as Director of Music at St. James Anglican, Kentville.



Our Church Secretary

Laureen Stratford

 She and her husband Peter moved to Lunenburg in September 2011. After working for many years as a Library Technician in a high school setting, she now has the opportunity to work as a Church Secretary for Central United Church. In addition to learning the ins and outs of the job, the real joy is in the opportunity of getting to know members of the congregation and the community. Nova Scotia is a great place to live with lots of interesting places to explore and people to meet.



Our Custodian

Peter Stratford

He and his wife Laureen moved to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in September 2011 from Victoria, BC. The coast-to-coast move happened as a result of viewing a "Best Places To Retire In Canada" television program in which Lunenburg was featured. After one year of house renovating, he was fortunate enough to secure a part-time position as the Custodian at Central United Church. In this capacity, he can contribute to his church community and learn, from congregation members, about Lunenburg history and culture. His part-time earnings also contribute to his treasured phonograph collection!



Contact Us

Central United Church

136 Cumberland St.
PO Box 27
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia  B0J 2C0

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+1 (902) 634-4035


The United Church of Canada

Central United Church is a member congregation of The United Church of Canada and the Maritime Conference.  

You will find their websites at www.united-church.ca and www.marconf.ca