Ministerial Search Committee Begins Work

The First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo is searching for a 3/4 time contract minister to begin when our current minister, Rev. Debra Thorne, steps down at the end of February 2023.  Our job posting will be updated after we complete a congregational survey.  As we may be able to be flexible with the starting date, we invite your inquiries now if the timing is not right for you.

We are located on beautiful Vancouver Island British Columbia, Canada in a region with a population of approximately 171,000.  A harbour town, Nanaimo offers residents the west coast lifestyle with breathtaking scenery, outdoor recreational activities, a vibrant arts scene, and a burgeoning local food culture.  

Our Fellowship began in 1960.  In 2004, the Fellowship purchased a building, hired its first professional minister, and began weekly Sunday Services.  We currently have 73 members and 42 friends, and have an average of 63 attending Sunday Services.  

We are a dynamic congregation.  We operate the region’s only year-round low barrier homeless shelter, are a Welcoming Congregation, march in Nanaimo’s Pride Parade, and have an active environmental group.  During COVID restrictions, we immediately moved to a virtual environment and just as deftly pivoted to hybrid services when in-person services were allowed again.  The congregation has stable finances with outright ownership of its building, and income from a commercial tenant who rents space from us.

If you are interested in learning more about our ministerial position, please reach out to our Search Committee by emailing the Committee Chair, Bob Goodman, at