Rev. Cole Grambo – Minister for Spirit Path United
Cole is an ordained minister with the United Church of Canada. Ordained in 1992, he has served two Pastoral Charges in his 20 years of ministry. He was settled in McCreary, Manitoba and served the Kelwood-McCreary-Alonsa Pastoral Charge from 1992-2000. He was then called to Killarney Pastoral Charge in southern Manitoba and served the churches in Killarney and Ninette for 12 years from 2000 to 2012.
Other important information about Cole that you may or may not want to know.
- loves music and especially singing. He is already missing the Killarney United Church choir and Four Parts United Quartet, but will hopefully find some new people to sing with in Waverley West.
- believes in God but still has lots of questions. If that sounds like you, you’re definitely going to feel at home at Spirit Path.
- went to Brandon University for his B.A. majoring in Geography (that should help him navigate the paths through Bridgwater Forest!)
- built a brand new church in Killarney in 2007 (not single-handedly, there were a few other people involved). It was a great experience for the whole congregation and the result was a beautiful new sanctuary and a congregation working together to make it happen.
- took his M.Div. (Master of Divinity – sounds like a superhero, doesn’t it?) at St. Andrew’s College. In his fourth year he was lead singer in the band “Euphoria” (sounds like “you four of you”) comprised of the four male 4th year students at St. A’s. Repertoire included lots of Bruce Cockburn, Blue Rodeo, Stan Rogers and other great stuff.
- along with his wife Diane, created the “Acting Crazy Comedy Troupe” in Killarney, a group of (mostly) congregation members who put on comedies as fundraisers for the building of the new Killarney United Church (2007). Cole wrote two of the comedies (“Supersleuths” and “The Hatfields and the McCorkindales”), directed, acted, and laughed until his sides hurt on numerous occasions.
- is excited about building a church family from scratch. “No church building” sounded a little daunting at first, but it’s also freeing (no mortgage payments, no property committee meetings, no dusting!)
- loves the Minnesota Twins very much. Anyone else who loves the Twins will receive free membership into Spirit Path United (okay, membership is free anyway, but you may get special treatment)
- sees himself as a “young” Grandpa! That means he’s old enough to have 20 years of experience in ministry in the United Church, but is still young enough to help with Vacation Bible School and Youth Group (and enjoy it!) (and live to tell about it!)
- believes that the church must change to remain accessible to all, relevant to people’s lives, and faithful to God’s call. He also believes that, in the midst of great change in the church, there are some things we need to hold on to (and looks forward to exploring that with this new community of faith).
- believes that there is a bright future for this new community of faith in Southwest Winnipeg, and can’t wait to see it grow!
If you want to know more about Spirit Path (or Cole), send an email, pick up the phone (and dial the number), or drop in for a visit at the office. I’d love to hear from you!
Rev. Cole Grambo
Spirit Path United
office: 1622-B St. Mary's Road