Minister: Reverend Paul Whynacht

Paul WhynachtRaised near Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Paul left home in 1983 to join the military and complete an engineering / mathematics degree at Mount Allison University. After an exciting 31-year career in the army, he retired to become a cyber security advisor with the Government of Canada. However, that second career was short lived as he was called to ministry during a worship service at Manotick United Church in November 2015. With a lot of help and guidance from friends here, he soon started his theological studies in Montreal and his new spiritual journey. Over the last six years he has completed those studies and worked with several outstanding clergy and congregations including Orleans United Church, First United Church, and Quyon Pastoral Charge. We are so grateful that Paul can continue his faith journey with us at Manotick United Church!


Office Administrator: Lisa Richards

Lisa Richards

The work of a church congregation requires many hands, hearts and souls!

Lisa has been with Manotick United as Church Administrator since 2009 and it is her role to oversee the various administrative tasks required for the efficient operation of the office. She work closely with our minister, Paul Whynacht, as well as members of Council, the congregation, and many community members to ensure the smooth running of many aspects of MUC. She usually has the pleasure of being the first contact with members and visitors and contacts of the organizations who use our wonderful facility.

Lisa very much enjoys the challenges and variety of tasks that are involved in her work, and appreciates the incredible support she receives from so many people.

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs


Music Director: Deborah Protsack

Deborah ProtsackDeborah (Deb) grew up in Alberta and joined Manotick United Church as Music Director in 2017 when she moved to Ontario. Deb has an Associate Diploma (ARCT) from the Royal Conservatory of Music and is an accomplished pianist and organist. She is an enthusiastic director of our Music Ministry group and is a mainstay in providing our church music. In Deb's words "There is no life like it".



Chair of Council: Phil Dawes

PhilPhil grew up in the UK but immigrated to Canada in his late 20s and has lived in Ottawa for over 40 years. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering and enjoyed a successful career in the aerospace and defence industry before retiring in 2016. Phil's church background started as a boy chorister in the Church of England. He has always loved singing and was active in church choirs in Kanata and Stittsville for many years. When Phil moved to Manotick in 2019, he joined Manotick United Church, initially to sing in the music group. Since then, he has become more involved in the life and work of the church here and has been chair of council since February 2023.