Meet the team

Our Ministerial Staff

Minister - Worship, Congregational Care & Leadership

Hewitt T. Holmes is our minister of Worship, Congregational Care, and Leadership. Hewitt joined the team ministry in 2017, coordinating the Learning and Growing in Faith programs.

Hewitt has served in congregational life, chaplaincy, and theological education in Jamaica. His Canadian pastoral beginnings and nurture were in North Western Ontario (Dryden and Thunder Bay). He has served on various bodies, groups, and Task Forces of the United Church of Canada, and he is presently a member of the Board of Vocation.

Hewitt is the first Black minister of Collier. He is people-oriented, purposefully, and passionately driven by God's love and compassion in the world. Hewitt enjoys teamwork, a good laugh, contemplative prayer, reflection, reading, canoeing, cooking, and relaxing.

Ministerial Student/Programs Director

Robert Murdock

Robert Murdock is a retired Toronto Police Detective and former College professor who has been a Licenced Lay Worship Leader for the past several years with the Shining Waters Regional Council. After discerning his call to ministry, he is a Candidate for the Diaconal Ministry of the United Church of Canada. Studying at the Centre for Christian Studies (Winnipeg) and St. Stephen’s College (U of Alta) he is about halfway through his educational training. As part of this training he is completing a Worship and Education component in Adult and Senior Ministry at Collier and Children and Youth Ministry at Grace United. He is a member of the Church Board. He along with his wife Maureen Attwell-Murdock are Representatives to the Regional Council.

Music director

Sandra Lisa Ruttan

Sandra Lisa Ruttan grew up in Sarnia, Ontario and has degrees in Music and education from Western University and, more recently, a degree in Indigenous Social Work from Laurentian University. She brings those three interests together as a performer, teacher, and advocate for social justice, mental health and spiritual well-being. She is particularly passionate about helping children discover and develop their musical abilities, having taught elementary school music, run summer music camps, and developed and run the after-school music program "Rhythm & Pitch" (currently taking place at Grace United Church.) Her goals as Music Director at Collier United include developing new, accessible opportunities for children to engage and develop as musicians.

Office Administrator

Vickie McMillian

Vickie McMillian has been with Collier United since 2012. Originally from Sault Ste. Marie but a Barrie resident for 15 years. She is Married to Scott since 1992 and the proud mom of two boys: Liam and Ethan and two fur babies: Cody and Mauer, who you may have seen at the end of the video services. She is a proud member of the Lions Club of Barrie. She Loves to bake, read and hangout with the family. Baseball vacations are her favorite and she has been to 15 of the 30 baseball stadiums. Malibu, California is her favorite vacation spot where she hopes to have a home someday. She loves to help at the church whether its baking or bartending, weddings, and other events.She loves the Collier family.


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