Our Staff


Minister: Derek Knoke
Derek became the minister at Cawthra Park in September 2011. He values the openness and diversity of the United Church. He believes that God makes all things possible. The gospel comes to set us free from guilt, bitterness and fear so that we can live into a world renewed in the light of God’s Kingdom. Derek has served in youth, children’s and associate pastor ministries.
He likes basketball, football and Indie Rock music. He takes too big of bites at dinner; grows stubble intentionally; and wishes he lived next door to a really good Mexican restaurant.

Cathy Waiter is our part-time Church Secretary. Cathy will help welcome you if you stop into the church on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday 11:30 to 1:00 and is always happy to try and provide you with needed information over the phone. Cathy is an integral part of our staff team who often is your first contact with Cawthra Park. She’s the welcoming voice on the phone and presence in the office.

David Hill is our part-time Custodian. David works hard to keep the church clean and ready for all the different groups that use the church. As Lyndwood Nursery School operates out of the church, David spends a lot of time with mop in hand wiping up after us all.

Cawthra Park is administrated through a Church Board. With a Chair and Secretary, working with Chairs of Committees and other groups, the Board meets monthly to help set direction, keep the vision, and ensure that the “work of church” is also done in a timely, faithful fashion. We could not operate as a church ministry without the support and commitment of our leaders who serve on committees and groups throughout the year!