We are pleased to welcome Rev. Bruce Sweet to the Coldwater Eady United Church Pastoral Charge as our Supply Minister as we continue our search for a full time minister.
Rev. Sweet is a retired ordained minister who lives in Barrie.
Bruce grew up on a farm in Essex County near Harrow and then moved with his family to Windsor where he attended Walkerville Collegiate and then the University of Windsor. Following this, he and his wife, Viki, relocated to Toronto where he attended Emmanuel College. During this time he had a Summer Field Mission in Ma-me-O Beach Alberta and completed his theological training he served as a student minister, first at Islington United Church and then at Mono Mills.
Bruce was ordained in 1976 in London Conference and was settled in Pense Saskatchewan where they lived for three years.
From there, Bruce joined the Canadian Forces where he served for twenty years as a military chaplain at Petawawa Ontario, Bagotville Quebec, Gagetown NB, Base Kingston and finally at the Royal Military College. During his time in Petawawa, with the Canadian Airborne Regiment, he participated in United Nations Peacekeeping in Cyprus.
Upon retiring from the Canadian Forces, he accepted a call to Glenburnie United Church and then, finally, to Emmanuel United Church in Waterloo. It was during this time that Bruce received his Doctor of Ministry degree through a joint program of study at both Ashland Theological Seminary, Ohio and Iona College at the University of Windsor.
Bruce was retired for six whole months before accepting a Pulpit Supply position at West Montrose United Church where he continued for three years.
Bruce and Viki, who have been married for over fifty years, moved to Barrie in March 2021. Their daughter Jasmine lives in Kingston, son Jacob in Midhurst and daughter Melodie in Barrie. They stay busy with childcare for grandchildren, Jorja and Vander.