Press Release: Grace United Church Welcomes New Minister - Rev. Paul DuVal
The congregation of Grace United Church is pleased to welcome and introduce the Rev. Paul DuVal to Lloydminster. Rev. DuVal formally begins his ministry at Grace United on September 1 and will lead his first worship service on Sunday, September 9.
Prior to accepting a call to Grace United, Rev. DuVal was a regional consultant for the United Church of Canada in Central Alberta for 13 years. Prior to that, he served in team ministry at Gaetz United Church in Red Deer from 1988 to 1999 and at Hythe/Clermont (near Grande Prairie) from 1983 to 1988.
Rev. DuVal grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the eldest of six children and traces his ancestry back to the early Selkirk settlers and to early American settlers in Maryland and West Virginia. He counts a number of Presbyterian and Methodist clergy in his forebears.
Rev. DuVal has three adult daughters, whom he and his then wife adopted as young children from Romania in the early 1990’s. They now live in Red Deer and Calgary.
While many despair at declining church participation, growing secularization of society and the apparent demise of religious faith, Rev. DuVal believes that this is a most interesting and exciting time to be a part of the Christian journey. He believes that the United Church of Canada, which was founded on cooperation and openness to the social change, is ideally suited to play a leading role in the next chapter of the Christian story.
Rev. DuVal comes to Grace United as the congregation embarks on the redevelopment of its current facility. An architect will begin to work with the congregation this fall to develop plans that will see the current sanctuary retained but much of the remainder of the current facility replaced.
Alison Weaver, Chair of Central Board is excited to welcome Rev.Paul DuVal to our ministry team. Rev. DuVal will be a great asset to our leadership team. We look forward to our journey ahead, with the new building plans and sharing this time with Rev.Duval.
For more information about this press release or if you have any questions, please contact Alison Weaver, Chair of the Board of Grace United Church at 780-875-7702 or Rev. Paul DuVal at 780 875-8959.