Empowering ordinary Christians to accomplish extraordinary justice
Who is the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC)?
At our core, we are a grassroots Christian prayer movement providing people with small grants to do great things.
WICC is made possible by the passionate and diverse teams working towards its mission and vision. This includes WICC’s staff, elected and interdenominational board of directors. Our approach is rooted in faith and called to action.
Board Picture June 2023
Listed in Alphabetical Order:
Win Czum – United Church of Canada (Appointed), WICC Marketing Communications Co-chair
Nell DeBoer – Christian Reformed Church, WICC Membership and Nominating Chair
Lise Gauvin – Roman Catholic Church, WICC Secretary
Dr. Anita Gittens – Anglican Church of Canada, WICC Treasurer
Rev. Jennifer Goddard-Sheppard – United Church of Canada, WICC President-Elect
Brenda Halk – Canadian Baptist Ministries (Appointed)
Major Shirley King – The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda (Appointed), WICC Marketing Communications Co-chair
Rev. Gneid Lackey – United Church of Canada (Elected member) Our newest WICC board member’s picture will be added in the fall.
Sharon Machina – Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (Appointed)
Catherine MacKeil – Executive Director
Rev. Steph McClellan – United Church of Canada, WICC Past-President and Caribbean & North American (CANA) representative on World Day of Prayer International Executive
Rev. Lynn Mitchell – The Anglican Church of Canada (Appointed), WICC representative on CCC Week of Prayer for Christian Unity team
Mary Nordick – Roman Catholic Church, WICC World Day of Prayer International Liaison
Cathy Reid – Presbyterian Church in Canada (Appointed), WICC President and Fellowship of Least Coin International Liaison
Some members are appointed by their representing denomination (noted in parentheses); the others are elected members.
For a list of denominations represented on the current WICC council, please go to Church Partners.
Rooted in Faith
Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC) is based on ecumenism: dialogue and collaboration between different Christian denominations. We appreciate our commonalities and the unique perspective that each denomination brings to the table. Together, we represent the diverse body of Christ seeking to bring hope to those touched by injustice.
As women of diverse backgrounds rooted in the Christian faith, we are called to reflect the essence of this faith. Through compassion, understanding and mutual respect, we work together to grow in ecumenism, share our spiritual traditions, and challenge injustice.
God is Love. God relates to us in love through the life and work of Jesus Christ, the Holy Scriptures, the transforming work of the Spirit and the living community of the Christian Church. As women created in the image of God, we seek to model this relationship of agape love through forgiving, accepting, serving, leading and growing in wisdom.
Therefore as members of The Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada we come together in one faith to maintain a supportive, encouraging a respectful, appreciative and faithful environment where every voice is equally heard. We encourage honest, constructive interchange, valuing each person’s contribution and experience. We strive to be motivated by a love and compassion that unites and illustrates the prayer of Christ for the church:
(My prayer)…is that they all may be one…
So that they may be brought to complete unity.
Then the world will know that you sent me
And have loved them even as you have loved me.
For a list of church denominations represented on the current WICC council, please go to Our Partners.