Grace United, Caledonia Introduces Rev. Glen Wells
After 18 long months of searching amidst the challenges of the pandemic, Grace United Church, Caledonia is officially welcoming Rev. Glen Wells as their new full-time minister. A special Covenanting Service will take place at 2 pm this Sunday, June 12.
Rev. Wells brings an engaging fresh perspective to his new ministry at Grace United, incorporating sound and video in his worship services and regularly leaving the pulpit to speak more directly with his congregation. His overall goal? To help ordinary people grow into an extraordinary life with Christ.
Growing up in a strong Christian family in Sault Ste. Marie, nurtured by adoptive parents, Rev. Wells was fortunate to have an enduring bond with his Indigenous birth mother. Like many teens, he was not particularly interested in church, even though his adoptive father was a lay preacher. In fact, Rev. Wells envisioned himself pursuing a career that would involve politics. However, he experienced an ‘AHA’ moment around the age of 15 when he attended a Christian youth retreat in Barrie one summer, realizing that God was telling him to change direction. Consequently, he began leading Christian groups in high school, and then again in university where he would meet his future wife, Teresa.
Despite the strong call he’d felt from God, after graduation, Rev. Wells took a marketing position with the Campbell Soup Company. His work skills were much appreciated, but he says that call felt ever present. It was not long before he made the decision to quit his job and enter Divinity College. He was ordained in 1995.
Rev. Wells has served in a number of churches across southern Ontario, most recently two and a half years at Wellington Square United in Burlington, and credits each with providing special and unique experiences. Of note, his first posting was to a three-point pastoral charge northeast of Toronto with a strong musical presence. Always interested in young people, he started a casual Friday night youth group there that mushroomed into a motivated group of teens who developed a Christian musical drama called “Birthing the Dream” which toured Canada over a three-year period (17 stops to the West Coast, 14 stops to the East Coast, and multiple performances in Ontario).
In his leisure time, Rev. Wells enjoys golf, tennis, and spending time at the gym. In his profession as a minister, his joy comes from walking with God together with those in his congregation. He loves helping people find ways to grow in their faith and gets excited by the moment when he sees God’s light turn on in a person’s heart and soul.
While Rev. Wells began his work in Caledonia on April 1, Sunday’s Covenanting Service is the formal celebration of the agreement between Rev. Wells and Grace United to go forward in ministry together. Leaders from other Caledonia churches will also help welcome Rev. Wells to the community, and Rev. Amadeus Pyralis of Faith Centennial United Church, Selkirk will preside on behalf of Horseshoe Falls Region of the United Church of Canada.
Rev. Wells and the congregation of Grace United invite anyone interested in growing their faith to join them each Sunday at 10:30 am at 174 Caithness St. E. Caledonia, online at graceunitedcaledonia.com, and on Facebook @GraceUnitedChurchCaledonia