Reverend Jeff Rock
Rev. Jeff Rock was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario with deep family roots on Manitoulin Island.
His first love was theatre, but his second love was the sciences, which led him as a bright-eyed 18 year-old to Montreal where he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University. It was during those years that Jeff found his third love and true calling to serve the church. When his parents came for his graduation, he made the decision to take the plunge into Ministry and soon after began a Master of Divinity degree at The United Theological College, also in Montreal.
Jeff also completed a year-long residency as a Spiritual Care Provider at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto before completing his Masters degree with an internship in Edmonton. After Ordination he spent 6 years in Ministry with the people of Gaetz Memorial United Church in Red Deer, Alberta. During that time he was involved in many community initiatives, culminating in running as a Liberal candidate in the 2015 Federal Election. When asked by his congregation why he wanted to run for office, Jeff’s reply was, “Because there are questions that need to be asked.”
Jeff is passionate about Indigenous issues, harm reduction, and building bridges across our differences to build inclusive community. Jeff has a 5 year-old Greyhound-Dalmatian named Chaz. You can often find them out and about, going for long walks and jogs, camping or cuddling.