Callum Beck – Minister
I was born in Virginia, while my father was doing his psychiatric internship there, but was raised in Charlottetown. Summers were spent at the family cottage on the Montague River with our Beck relatives. We went to Central during the year and the Montague Church of Christ in the summer. I grew up with a very high regard for the Restoration Movement, of which these churches were a part of, especially their emphasis on the authority of the Scriptures and the unity of the body of Christ.
I gave my life to Jesus in grade 7, when Reggie Thomas was holding an evangelistic service at Central. While being far from a “perfect” Christian in my teen years, my faith was very real to me and even then was the most important thing in my life. After graduating from Colonel Gray High School in 1973, I decided to go to Alberta Bible College, to the complete shock of almost all around me. It proved to be the most formative year of my life, as it solidly grounded me in my faith and challenged me to serve Jesus in a real way.
I then completed a Bachelor’s degree at UPEI, majoring in philosophy, while assisting Brent Williams as he launched a youth ministry here at Central. In 1979 I married my high school sweetheart, Lorraine Cahill, and from 1980-83 we were at Emmanuel Christian Seminary in Tennessee. I majored in Old Testament. From 1984-96 we were involved in a ministry among international and refugee people in Toronto. We returned home to take care of Lorraine’s aging parents.
Since that time I have been teaching about two courses per semester at Maritime Christian College (1996-2001) and UPEI (1997-present), mostly in Religious Studies. From 1998-2004, I was also the half-time minister at New Glasgow Christian Church, and from 2004-2011 I completed my doctoral dissertation on the Protestant-Catholic Divide on PEI. I received my Doctor of Philosophy degree in September 2011. In June of 2012 I began my ministry part-time here at Central.
My favourite sport is basketball, which pretty much makes me a heretic in the hockey-mad Beck family, and I also love swimming, canoeing and most anything to do with the water. My number one hobby is listening to and collecting music. My favourite group is the Beach Boys, and I know far more about them and their music than any sane man should. At the age of 57 I crossed off one of my bucket list items and went Surfin’ USA (well Surfing NS).
My spiritual mentors in print have been Alexander Campbell (the key founder of the Restoration Movement), CS Lewis and philosopher Francis Schaeffer. My mentors on a more personal level were my grandmother Beck, Alan Smith (minister at Central in the 1970s and 80s) and above all my father, who I still quote on a regular basis.
I have three wonderful children, Nathan, Leslie and Hannah, and am the proud Boppi of Carson, Aiden, Ava, Arlo & Alden.
Leanna Rierson – Associate Minister
I was born and raised in Kansas (USA) and grew up in the Christian Church. I was baptized at age 7 and began feeling called into ministry when at age 10. I’ve been involved in some aspect of ministry all of my adult life – mostly women’s ministry and adult Bible teaching.
I attended Ozark Christian College (undergraduate studies), Johnson Bible College (MA in Teaching and New Testament), and Cincinnati Bible Seminary (MA in NT Biblical Studies) and am currently finishing a PhD in New Testament Studies from the University of Exeter in England.
I began coming to PEI for vacation in 2000 and visited about 12 times before I moved here in 2019 for an internship. I just started at Central as the Associate Minister for Teaching and Outreach in September 2020.
For hobbies, I love to read, walk, and write. I also love to laugh and teach the Word.
Debi White – Children’s Ministry – Kidz Central
I was born and brought up in Charlottetown and Central was my home church! Our family life revolved around church activities, Canoe Cove Christian Camp and youth conferences!! I was baptized at camp at age 13 and thought I had it all figured out!!
In 1975 – after getting my Dental Assisting certificate from Holland College – I went west to Calgary to attend Alberta Bible College. My home church was Cambrian/Bow Valley. No matter what else was happening in my life – my church family was always there!!! I signed up again to ABC later in life and graduated with a Bachelor of Religious Education at age 41!!! I was always connected to the children’s ministry and my title for many years was the Craft Queen!!
After my dad died in 2012, and I had a job change – I realized it was time to come home! After 37 years some things have changed – and some stay the same!! I’m back at Central – still working with kids – still doing crafts – and still covered in glitter!!!!
Kathy – Janitorial
Tammy – Office