INTRODUCING THE REV. TED HICKS
Ted was born and raised on the West Coast and Vancouver Island. After starting his university education in BC, he moved east to Toronto to pursue a career in theatre and to complete his education there. The currents of the 60’s led him on a spiritual search that culminated in a commitment to Christ in 1972, after which he enrolled in Knox College, Toronto, to study for ministry in the Presbyterian Church in Canada. As a student and a new Minister, he served congregations in Ontario before being called to a congregation in Winnipeg. During his time in the Winnipeg area, he served several congregations and missions, including ecumenical work with the Indian Family Centre, a street-front ministry of the Christian Reformed Church, and with a rural United Church Pastoral Charge. His experience with Interim Ministry led him to Saskatchewan for the first time, to First Presbyterian Church, Regina, in the mid-90’s.
Ted left congregational ministry in the late 90’s for further education and formation. During this period, he studied and volunteered with the Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC, an independent, ecumenical congregation that is pioneering new approaches to the formation of the laity for outreach in troubled communities. He also trained as a Spiritual Director and as a Centering Prayer teacher and group facilitator. This further training led him to work as a Spiritual Care Specialist in the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. In 2007, Ted answered a Call to the Comox Valley Presbyterian Church on Vancouver Island, where he served until he retired in 2011. In his retirement, Ted has maintained a private Spiritual Direction practice, taught Centering Prayer and led meditation groups, led workshops and retreats, wrote a column for a community newspaper, and provided pastoral services as a Supply Minister and Hospital Chaplain in the Comox Valley area. Now Ted has returned to Saskatchewan as a full-time Interim Minister for St. Paul’s here in Prince Albert, going through a difficult transition in its long and storied life as a congregation. The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of extensions up to three years.
Ted is married to Tamsen (Tammy) Matheson, a descendent of the Selkirk Settlers in Manitoba. Tammy continues her own job as a Career Advisor in the Comox Valley and they travel back and forth frequently to be together as often as they can. Together, they have 4 adult children who, with their partners and families, live in the Yukon, in Saskatoon, and in the Winnipeg area. Ted and Tammy have 1 delightful little granddaughter in Saskatoon, and 2 more on the way in Saskatoon and Winnipeg.
Ted is a baseball buff and is learning the fine points of curling from Tammy – all from the comforts of an armchair. He maintains an interest in the arts – in theatre, movies, and dance, and in music, especially Canadian singer-songwriters and, very especially, Bob Dylan.
His passion as a Minister is to recover the unique, counter-cultural Way of Jesus and to help the Church re-form itself as the Body of Christ at this major transition point in the development of western culture.