Carla Van Delen


Reverend Carla Van Delen has her heart in the city but is equally comfortable in high top rubber boots covered in mud. Before entering the ministry Carla worked as a restaurant manager and also managed a clothing retail store. Her undergraduate degree is from Carleton University in Sociology/ Anthropology and she holds a Master of Divinity from Queen’s Theological Colleague. Carla was ordained into the United Church of Canada in 2007 and has served in a three point charge south of Quebec City and in the Ottawa region for the last ten years. Carla and her husband Bert Weiss live on a farm where they raise chickens and look after their five, four legged furry friends.

Her office hours are Monday till Thursday, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, afternoons and evenings by appointment.

Congregational Designated Minister

Doug Collins


Chaplain Doug Collins and his wife Karen Collins have been members of Barrhaven
United Church since 1983 when they came to us from Knox United Church in Nepean
and prior to that Knox United Church in Thunder Bay. He has been twice the Chair of
Council, a BUC Presbyter, a member of the Pastoral Care team and a Healing Pathway
Practitioner with our Healing Pathway Ministry.

Doug has served as the Chair of the Chaplaincy Committee of the Ottawa Presbytery
and has been volunteer pastoral visitor at both the Queensway Carleton Hospital and
The Ottawa Hospital for the United Church of Canada.

Doug worked for several years as a facilitator with the Ottawa Pastoral Care Training
Program. He retired May 2018 as a Part-time, On-call Corporate Clinical Chaplain with
the Ottawa Hospital Spiritual Care Department.

Doug has completed a 5-year term on the executive of the Ontario North East Region of
the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care as their vice chair, chair and past chair
positions. He is past member of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care Foundation.

Doug for many years has taken interest and now offers Christian Meditation and
Mindfulness at BUC. In addition, he provides leadership for book and bible study with
direction and support from Reverend Carla.

Doug provides support to the Sunday School Coordinator, young families, outreach, and
Rev. Carla, as needed.

Senior Choir Director

Barbara Ackison

Senior Choir Director

Barbara Ackison

Music has always been an important part of Barbara’s life. As a girl growing up in the village of Baltimore, Ontario, she sang in the choir at Baltimore United Church. While attending High School in the nearby town of Cobourg, she played clarinet in the school band, sang in the school choir and sang with a small folk group. As a nursing student at Kingston General Hospital, she began to gain experience as a choir leader by directing the student nursing choir.

Barbara joined the BUC Choir in 1983 and has been directing the choir since 2000. Before that she directed the Junior choir, helped found and lead the CGIT group, directed the Intermediate Girls Choir, and directed two musicals at BUC.

Barbara studied voice for several years and has sung in a variety of choirs. At present she sings with Cantata Singers of Ottawa and Ewashko Singers.

She very much enjoys spending time with and making worshipful music with the BUC choir family. Music feeds her soul.

New Senior Choir members are always welcome. Barbara can be reached by contacting the Church office.


Sara Surjadinata
Church music has always been part of her life.

After singing in church choirs and playing for Sunday School worship and youth events, her “professional” career as a church organist began at sixteen at a Methodist church in Monroe, N.Y.

While living in the Eastern Townships, she was organist-choir director at Calvary United Church in Sutton and at Beulah United Church in Ayer’s Cliff.

After moving to Ottawa as Executive Secretary of the Ottawa Presbytery, she was organist at St. Paul’s United Church in Carp for eight years, supplied at Stittsville UC, and joined the Barrhaven team in 2001.

She is pleased to be part of the very rich music life at Barrhaven United Church.