Diocese of New Westmister
Anglican Church of Canada


Clergy & Staff

The Reverend Paul Richards

The Reverend Paul Richards grew up in Vancouver and completed his undergraduate degree in history at Simon Fraser University before embarking on a twenty six year career in the RCMP. He worked throughout Canada (including the Arctic) and abroad. He is a veteran of both Kosovo and Afghanistan, and completed his Master of Arts degree from the Royal Military College of Canada. After retiring from the police he worked as a Director of Operations in BC Emergency Health Services. As a member of the Anglican Church of Canada, he has worshiped in Ontario, the Yukon, NWT, and White Rock and abroad, holding positions of lay leadership in his home parish of Holy Trinity White Rock prior to his ordination in 2015 as a deacon in the Diocese of New Westminster.

As the deacon for Holy Trinity, he is engaged in different ministries and pastoral care while he continues his graduate studies at Simon Fraser University. He remains very active in community organizations, including St. John Ambulance, Scouts Canada and the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada. He and his wife Lenore live in Surrey and have two Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Francine deVelden
Office Administrator

Francine is the Office Administrator for Holy Trinity. Though she holds a degree in Elementary Education, she has been working in the administrative field for about five years. She has a love for administration, but also a heart for people. It is her hope that every one that comes in contact with her will feel joy, warmth, and safety, and will experience the loving heart of God.

Outside of work hours, Francine is passionate about experiencing Godโ€™s stunning creation while hiking the local mountains, running, and connecting with friends over a warm mug of tea.

Ulo Valdma
Organist and Choir Director

Mr. Valdma was born in Sweden, grew up in Toronto, studied at the Conservatory, and University of Toronto, resulting in an A.R.C.T., B.Ed., M.Mus., MA (University of Toronto) and M.L.S. (Kent State). He has taught at Douglas College and at present teaches music theory at the Jean Lyons School of Music in Vancouver (www.jeanlyonsmusic.com) and at the Langley Community Music School (www.langleymusic.com).

In addition to music, Mr. Valdma’s interests include various sports, collecting minerals and photography. Photocards by Mr. Valdma are available at some local retail outlets.