Rev. D. Bruce Comrie, Minister

Rev. Comrie works with the Kamloops United Church congregation to carry out Christ’s ministry in downtown Kamloops and the wider community. Bruce has served in ministry at KUC for the past sixteen years and will transitioning into retirement in June 2019.

Rev. D. Bruce Comrie’s office hours are: Sunday through Thursday, with Friday and Saturday as days off.

To talk with Bruce, please contact him through the church office and/or leave him a confidential voice mail message at (250) 372-3020 ext. 202 or by email:


Florence Ballard, Administrative ManagerFlorence Ballard
Florence has wonderful family in Kamloops and is very excited to be back in BC where she grew up.
Florence’s work history includes administrating world-renowned concert halls such as Massey Hall and Glenn Gould Studio. Her work life has been diverse and includes being an actor, comedian, disabilities support worker, arts administrator, health and safety leader and media librarian.
Florence is very excited to be at Kamloops United Church. The work that is being done here is as diverse and exciting as Florence’s background!
Florence can be reached at or (250) 372-3020.

Alan Hodgson

Alan Hodgson, Office Staff:  Clerical
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday and alternate Mondays

The Office is open Monday – Friday 8:30 to 3pm (except Statutory holidays)
Alternate Mondays and each Tuesday and Thursday Alan staffs the KUC office.
KUC Office: 250-372-3020

Judy Petzke

Judy Petzke, Office Staff:  Bookkeeper
Hours: Wednesday and Friday and alternate Mondays

The Office is open Monday – Friday 8:30 to 3pm (except Statutory holidays)
Alternate Mondays and each Wednesday and Friday Judy staffs the KUC office.
KUC Office: 250-372-3020

Janna De Witte – Office Support Staff

Janna has a diverse range of work and volunteer experiences that she hopes will be a great fit for the office support position at the Kamloops United Church.  She has been a resident of Kamloops for over 25 years, is married and has raised 3 boys here.  She has been actively involved in her children’s lives through being a member of Parent Advisory Councils, as a member of Scouts and now supports them as they take on the challenges of downhill mountain bike racing and snowboarding.

Janna is very happy to be on the Kamloops United Church office team and is looking forward to meeting everyone.

Chris Dolson – Marriage Minister

Kamloops United Church has had lay persons as our  “Marriage Minister” for decades.  (Chris is our fourth such lay person.)

A long time member of KUC, Chris accepted this lay ministry position in March, 2010.

Contact Kamloops United’s office at 250-372-3020 to have Chris be in touch with you.

Rachel Casponi, KUC Music Director

Rachel is a music educator, performer and advocate for music education.  She holds Bachelor degrees in Music, Drama and Education, an Artist Diploma in Opera Performance and a Masters of Music.  She achieved her Level One Orff certification, her Level One certification from the Canadian Wind Conductors Development Program and is a certified teacher in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

During her decade-long teaching career Rachel primarily taught band, but has also taught general music and choir.  She currently serves as her region representative for the BC Choral Federation, she has served on the advocacy committee with the Saskatchewan Band Association; she helped organize the South Saskatchewan Junior Band program and served tirelessly on many music festival committees.  She has taught every level of band from beginning band to senior band but is specifically passionate about beginning and middle years band.

In addition to her experience as a band and music teacher, Rachel has worked professionally as a choir director, theatre instructor, voice teacher, executive director, arts administrator, stage manager and performer.  Most of her experience has involved working with young people, to whom she has steadfastly dedicated her time and energy.  As an educator Rachel has experienced firsthand the life-changing role music can play in a young person’s development.  As an advocate for music education Rachel believes that access to a passionate music specialist is essential for young people, as is access to instruments, instruction and the opportunity to make music.  No young person should be denied this opportunity, regardless of circumstance or socioeconomic situations.

Bill L. Paul – HandyPerson/Custodian

Bill is the oldest of 4 children, with one sister and two younger brothers. He grew up in Kamloops and attended school here. He has lived in many locations throughout his life from the Kootenays to the Okanagan to Seattle, but has always come back to Kamloops.

Bill has a beautiful family and has just celebrated 25 years together with his wife. They have a wonderful daughter who is an aspiring artist studying at the Beattie School for the Arts!

In Bill’s work career he has had many jobs and has acquired many skills. He was a machine operator with CP Rail for 16 years where he traveled extensively, from Vancouver to Swift Current Sask.and all over Alberta. Bill has worked doing general carpentry and has training in indoor painting (being put to good use here at KUC).

Bill is very happy to be employed by Kamloops United Church. He said “Since I started here everyone I have met has made me feel welcome and have been very friendly. Thank you again for this opportunity.”

Mitchel Balmer – Part Time Custodian

Mitchel is a long time Kamloops resident. He has traveled with work to other parts of BC and Alberta but always finds his way back home to the beautiful city of Kamloops.

Mitchel has his Custodial Service Worker L1 Certification as well as his First Aid L1 and is glad to be moving into this line of work. He is excited to be here at Kamloops United Church and looks forward to strengthening the newfound relationships with its members and community.

As a younger brother to his older sister and with strong relations to both her and his mother, he adamantly believes in family values and the ties that bind them. He recently became an uncle and is vicariously learning the love, joy and exhaustion that a new person can bring to the world.

Mitchel’s work history has been varied and colourful. From acting in drama productions to constructing and laying pipe in the middle of Albertan winter and from being a manager at a restaurant to a warehouse worker. From volunteering at the local SPCA to the Children’s Art Festival, he assiduously enjoys utilizing all the knowledge and skills he’s acquired over the course of his career to bring a unique energy with him wherever he goes.


Brad Ellison – Casual Custodian

Brad Ellison joins Kamloops United as a Casual Custodian.

Brad also works at the Y and is very glad to be at KUC.





Chris Gordon – Casual Custodian

Chris is retired and looking forward to meeting everyone at KUC.

Chris lives close by and you will see him shoveling snow this winter around the church.