Rev. Stephanie McClellan is an enthusiastic speaker, preacher and presenter who was raised in Southern Ontario right next door to a Newfoundlander, before moving to Pelham in her teenage years to attend E.L. Crossly Secondary School and become more involved in the youth group of Pelham Centre United Church.
She went to the University of Guelph for her undergraduate degree, and then moved to Vancouver, BC for studies at Regent College and Vancouver School of Theology leading to her Master of Divinity degree.
In 1999 and 2001, Steph handcycled 9018 kms across Canada to bring her message about the "abilities of people with disabilities" to communities large and small and people of all ages during a tour called "On Wings Like Eagles". Her interactive workshop and helpful tips were appreciated by all those who were able to be part of this dream which eventually led to one of Steph's proudest accomplishments - being inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame. Stephanie firmly believes that if we all work together we can soar above the barriers of this world as we "hope in the Lord and rise on wings like eagles" (Isaiah 40: 31).
Throughout her studies at the university level, she worked as an Advisor with students, staff and faculty with disabilities, helping to reduce barriers and integrate into the University setting. She also served as Assistant to the Chaplain at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Residence and served as a Chaplain at BC Women and Children 's Hospital and Canuck Place Children's Hospice. Steph also volunteered with many non-profit organizations that served the homeless population of the Downtown East's idea in Vancouver.
Since high school she has been actively involved in providing all-inclusive programming for children, youth and adults as she develops and implements curriculums, activities and creative worship. She is known for her fluency in basic Sign Language and serves as an accessibility consultant for churches and communities.
After leading three mission trips from Gander to Guatemala, Rev. Steph wrote a book which her father edited, called Preaching at the Crossroads and donated the profits to begin a breakfast program for children whose families live and scavenge for a living in the Guatemala city dump.
She is now in her 15th year of ordained ministry in the United Church of Canada in Newfoundland and Labrador, one of the most beautiful places on earth!
Gander was Stephanie's first Pastoral Charge as an ordained minister and after seven years, she headed north to St. Anthony where she loved the people and was delighted seeing seals, polar bears and moose play outside her living room window. Now she continues to be in awe of God's creativity and Creation in every nook and cranny of Central NL while serving the gracious people here in the Lewisporte Pastoral Charge!