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Welcome to UPRC

The United Property Resource Corporation (UPRC) supports the United Church of Canada (UCC) and Ecumenical Partners in making prudent and faithful decisions around property so communities of faith and the neighbourhoods they serve can thrive.

Our Story

The UPRC was founded by the United Church of Canada in 2019 to bring professional real estate expertise to communities of faith, providing them with all the information they need to make faithful decisions about their properties so they can maximize benefits for the common good.
 
UPRC also shares information and provides advisory services to UCC Regional Councils, Ecumenical Partners, and Incorporated Ministries. Together we reimagine how our ministry calls us to make a local impact as we have for almost a hundred years and will continue for future generations.

Our Approach

01

Learn

The UPRC team begins by engaging with communities of faith and the local neighbourhood to learn about their needs and identify limitations and potential opportunities. 

02

Collaborate

We collaborate with the community of faith to re-imagine the possibilities for their property, providing resources and support so they can develop what works best and will make the biggest impact for the common good.

03

Strategize

We partner with a variety of real estate professionals and other partners as we look to co-create strategies that provide congregations with sustainable, regenerative sources of revenue to support future ministry.

04

Recommend

Based on the condition of the property, the community of faith’s vision for the future, local needs and what is financially viable, UPRC makes recommendations on a path forward. These paths include working with the UPRC staff to explore alternate uses of underutilized space or referral to Kindred Works for redevelopment.

05

Support

After a direction is established, the UPRC team provides on-going support to the communities of faith and neighbourhood. 

Our Team

An image of UPRC's Director of Church Engagement, Rev. Miriam Bowlby. Rev. Bowly has short hair, is smiling, and is wearing glasses and a black turleneck.

Rev. Miriam Bowlby

Director, Church Engagement

Miriam is an ordained minister in The United Church of Canada. She has a background in rural and urban ministry, serving congregations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. From 2011 to 2022, she led Cochrane Street United Church in St. John’s, NL as they repurposed their building for affordable housing and community space. Over the years, Miriam has served the church regionally and nationally including serving on East District Executive and General Council Executive. She is the vice-chair of the board of Bridges to Hope, an Incorporated Ministry of The United Church of Canada.

Miriam received her BA from St. Mary’s University and her M.Div from Emmanuel College in Toronto. Realizing a need for a new skill set for the future of the church, in 2019 she returned to school and completed an MBA in Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. Miriam shares her life with her husband Scott, two children, Will and Carrie, and their loveable furball Oreo.

An image of UPRC's Director of Church Engagement, Katja Brittain. Katja has a bob haircut and bangs, is wearing a black jacket over a white shirt and is smiling at the camera.

Katja Brittain

Director, Church Engagement

Katja has worked for various NGOs, Robert Gordon University (UK), the economic development agency of Scotland, and the Toronto United Church Council (TUCC). She has worked as a consultant to develop commercialisation and innovation processes in a variety of sectors. These have ranged from start-ups to large scale and publicly listed projects. Katja is a member of the board of directors of Ecuhome, a corporation with more than 500 units of affordable housing. Katja represents ELCIC on the Board of Jewish Dialogue of Toronto, and she serves as a lay minister (non-stipendiary) in her own Lutheran Church.

 

​Katja draws on both her Masters in Theology and a MBA to support congregations and denominations as they work to enhance the contributions and usage of their buildings. Katja lives in Toronto with her husband, Christopher. During the pandemic, she joined a food ministry, which means cooking 10 litres of soup per week.

An image of UPRC's Director of Property Management Operations, Audrey Dover. Audrey has dark curly hair and is wearing a green blazer over a white shirt. She appears chipper and is smiling at the camera.

Audrey Dover

Director, Property Management Operations

In her role, Audrey is responsible for overseeing and optimizing UPRC’s property management processes. Passionate about creating spaces that foster a sense of community, Audrey joined the team after being inspired by its mission to help congregations find faithful and community-oriented solutions for their valuable properties. With a background in accounting and payroll, she has over 15 years of experience in the property management sector and brings significant expertise in managing the finances and operational efficiency of property operations. Audrey holds a diploma in accounting and payroll from Everest College, along with a Property Management designation from Humber College.

Outside of work, Audrey is a dedicated community volunteer and outdoor enthusiast who enjoys spending quality time with her family. She is also a strong advocate for work-life balance and employee well-being.  

In addition to the knowledge our team applies to each consultation, we work with experts from a range of backgrounds including real estate, finance, development, urban planning, and more to deliver effective plans tailored to each congregation and property we work with.

Board of Directors

Donald W. Hunter, Board Chair

Tim Blair, Kindred Works

David Constable, Kindred Works

Anne Babcock, President & CEO, WoodGreen Community Services

Lucy Cummings, Director, Faith Sector Resilience

Jim Harbell, Minister, Metropolitan United Church

Tim Laronde, National Director Indigenous Strategies, Chandos Construction

Erik Mathiesen, Executive Officer, Finance/CFO, United Church of Canada

Our Services

Together we explore how property can be used to fulfill church ministry in local neighbourhoods.

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