Rev. Neal Palmer
MinisterRev. Neal Palmer is the Minister here at First United Church. He attended St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon, where he obtained his Master of Divinity Degree in 2011, and was then ordained in May of that same year.
Although no longer required at the time, Neal chose the Transfer and Settlement process and was placed in the Beaverlodge-Wembley-Hythe Pastoral Charge effective July 2011. For the seven and a half years he ministered with the people there, he had the privilege of serving those communities and the surrounding area in pastoral care, Christian education, weekly worship services in a pastoral setting, monthly services at the Hythe Continuing Care Centre, and quarterly services at the Hythe Pioneer Lodge. Since beginning his ministry at First United in February 2019, he now looks forward to doing much of the same here in Bathurst and the surrounding area.
Rev. Neal was born and raised in New Brunswick, but moved to Alberta for reasons of employment in the eighties, living mainly in Edmonton, but also in northeastern Alberta. As a young man he played professional baseball, and then later, was involved in coaching baseball and hockey for many years. Until returning to University to pursue his calling to ministry, he was employed in the general insurance industry.
Rev. Neal is hoping to get to know the people here as quickly as possible, and would welcome you being in touch with suggestions as to how best that might happen in your particular case—so our ministry together may begin.
OrganistOrganist and Choral Director since Nov. 1996.
Piano studies 1973-1981 (L'École Vincent-D'Indy, Montreal program, Gr.7 RCM equivalent)), with various Bathurst teachers affiliated with the Notre Dame de Sacre Coeur convent.
Pipe organ studies under the direction of Mr. Joseph A. MacDonald; began playing for summer worship services at First United and South Tetagouche United churches at the age of 15 yrs.
Member of various community choral groups since childhood. A member of the ladies' choral ensemble, Take Note, since 2003.
Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner by profession.
Isabel is a native of the Bathurst area and is a graduate of Bathurst High School following which she went to Moncton to continue her education.
Isabel has a background in accounting as well as office adminstration having spent the past number of years working with the training department at a local contact center.
She is a member of the senior choir here at First United as well as one of the vocalists in the local band, Country Roots.
Isabel joined the staff of First United , May 4,2009