Rev. Thomas H. Ibbott was a Methodist Minister who worked in the Ayr and Paris Plains region.
Rev. Thomas H. Ibbott was a Methodist Minister who worked in the Ayr and Paris Plains region.
Gordon Henry Allison (1914-1993), was born in Hamilton, Ontario. He was educated at SS #1 Glanford and Caledonia High School and, thereafter, qualified as a teach at Hamilton Normal School. He taught elementary school in Amherstburg while taking extension course degrees from the University of Toronto and McMaster University. He returned to Hamilton in 1953 to teach English at Delta Secondary School. After retiring from Delta, he turned his energies to searching local archives and records. At his church, Barton Stone United, he compiled extensive archives on church members going back to 1811, assembled pictures and biographies on every minister the church ever had, and researched every person buried in the cemetery. He worked as an editor on several historical publications and compiled histories of dozens of the earliest Mountain families and all of the Ryckman's Corners pioneers. For the last seven years of his life Allison read every edition of The Hamilton Spectator from 1846 to 1893, and transcribed every birth notice, marriage announcement, death account and obituary. He died 3 February 1993 in his Ryckman's Corners home at the age of 79. Allison never married and had no survivors.
Shirley Endicott Small was born in 1930, the daughter of James G. Endicott, missionary to West China. An alumna of Victoria University she later taught sociology at the University of Toronto and became active in efforts to end violence against women. A life-long member of the United Church, she is a frequent speaker to United Church Women and is also an author and creative writer.
She was predeceased by her second husband, William Small, founding comptroller and first secretary of York University, himself son of missionaries to China.
Carl Wesley Zurbrigg (1919-2002) was a minister with the United Church of Canada for 56 years. He was born in Listowel, Ontario. From 1937-1940 he worked at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Listowel and Auburn-Dungannon. He received a B.A. from Victoria College at the University of Toronto in 1943, and a B.D. from Emmanuel College in 1946. He was ordained by London Conference on May 28, 1946. He was a summer Student in Tribune, Saskatchewan (1941-1942), Madawaska (1943), Ker (1943-1946). He worked as an ordained minister at Jarvie, Alberta (1946-1949), Peace River (1949-1952), Drumheller (1952-1956), Olivet United Church in Hamilton (1956-1968), Dominion-Chalmers, Ottawa (1968-1975), St. James-Simcoe in Erie Presbytery (1975-1984). In administrative capacities, he was Presbytery Chair of Peace River in 1951, Hamilton in 1960 and Erie in 1980. He was the Hamilton Conference Pension Convenor from 1984-1988. He was on the Executive of the Board of World Mission/Division of World Outreach from 1960-1966. Zurbrigg died in 2002.
John Ferguson Gray Morris (1920-2016) was a United Church clergyman. He was born Orangeville, Ontario to parents Pearl Maude Vena Gray and Rev. John Ferguson German Morris who also served the United Church. He graduated with a B.A. from Victoria University in 1940, a S.T.M. from Union Theological Seminary, N.Y. in 1952, and a M.Div. from Emanuel College in 1954. He served as minister at the following charges: Colgate-Goodwater (1943-1945), Stroud-Lefroy, Simcoe Presbytery (1949-1954), Aurora, Toronto Centre (1954-1961), Timothy Eaton Memorial (1961-1964), St. Andrew’s, Oshawa (1964-1975). Binkley, Hamilton (1975-1985), and St. Paul’s, Brampton (1985-2001). He also served as Field Secretary of Christian Education at the Alberta Conference (1947-1949), Chairman of Presbytery for two terms, and on the General Council Committee on Worship. He was married to Kathleen (Kay) Smith and had two children Lee Morris and Marilyn Gough Barry. His brother Rev. Paul Henry Morris also served the United Church. Known for his liberal outlook on scripture and conservative attitude toward theology his sermons represented the cutting edge of United Church worship.
Henry Samuel Fiddes was a United Church minister, formerly Methodist. He was born on September 6, 1882 in Peckham, England. After coming to Canada he attended Albert College in Belleville and Victoria College in Toronto from where he graduated in 1915.
He served pastorates in Sheffield, Canboro, Bright, Ker, Durham, Port Rowan, Palermo-Bronte, Wellandport and Fort Erie. He was also Secretary of Hamilton Conference from 1944-1950.
He was married to Mary Groves. Rev. Fidddes died in 1959.
Samuel T. Bartlett was a United Church minister, formerly Methodist. He was born in the island of Jersey on March 11, 1863 and moved to Canada at the age of nine years. At 17, he entered Methodist ministry and served pastorates in Ontario until he was appointed Associate Secretary of Sunday School and Epworth League Board in 1906, becoming General Secretary in 1909. In 1921 he started work with the Department of Art Photography at the Methodist Book and Publishing House. Rev. Bartlett was superannuated in 1925 and died on December 17, 1937.
Charles F. Boorman was a United Church minister previously an officer of the Salvation Army. With the United Church, he served as hospital chaplain and chaplain and counsellor to the Hamilton Police Service.
Rev. Charles Boorman passed away on March 13, 2010.
Norman Bruce McLeod was Moderator of The United Church of Canada, 1972-1974. He was born in Toronto in 1929. He obtained his B.D. from Emmanuel College in 1953, M.A. from Columbia University and Th.D. from Union Theological Seminary in 1960.
He was ordained by Toronto Conference in 1953 and served at the following churches in Ontario: Victoria Harbour, 1956-1958; St. Stephen’s on-the-Hill, Port Credit, 1958-1965; Westdale United Church, Hamilton, 1965-1970; Bloor Street United Church, Toronto, 1970-1975; and Richmond Hill United Church, 1979-1983; Metropolitan Toronto, 1984-1987; Bellefair, 1989-1994; St. John’s Stratford, 1994-1995; St. John’s Scarborough, 2000; Rosedale, 2000-2001. From 1987-1989 he also served as staff at Toronto Conference.
During his term as moderator he travelled extensively in Canada. In 1975 following his stint as Moderator he became Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and was responsible for drafting a report on human rights in Ontario.
In the 1980s and 1990s Dr. McLeod was often invited as international observer and went to Africa, Latin America and Asia. Inter-faith conversations was a hallmark of his service. He was a frequent contributor to the United Church Observer and a columnist for the Toronto Star.
Alexander Murray Stuart (1887-1978) was born in London, Ontario. He attended school in St. Thomas and Albert College in Belleville, Ontario. Upon graduating highschool, he served two years on probation for the ministry at Orwell Circuit, which included Kingsmill and Crosspey-Hunter. He entered Victoria University, Toronto in 1912 and Victoria College in Theology in 1916. He was ordained in Kingsmill Methodist Church on June 4th, 1916. His first charge was at Amherstburg as Assistant to Rev. Abraham Walton Tonge in 1916. The circuits that followed were; Tupperville (1917-1920), Merlin (1920-1923), Petrolia (St. Paul’s) (1923-1927), Mitchell (Main Street) (1927-1930), London (Colborne Street) (1930-1953). Stuart retired in 1953 and served as Assistant to London (Dundas Street Centre) until 1960. In 1962 he was made Minister Emeritus. During his ministry he served on Presbytery and Conference Committees. He was chairman of the Conference Settlement Committee, 1942-1945. He was three times Commissioner to General council, and member of the Executive and Sub-Executive of General council. He was Chairman of Lambton and Middlesex Presbyteries and a member of the Board of Home Missions. He was President of London Conference from 1942-1943. In 1945 he received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from Victoria University. He 1946 he was elected a member of the Senate of Victoria University.
In 1917 he married Eva G. Tonge, daughter of Rev. Abraham Walter Tonge. They had one son, Donald Murray Stuart.
Robert Milliken (1861-1946) was a Methodist/United Church minister and educator. He was born in Ireland, and immigrated to the United States in 1882 and to London, Ontario, in 1885. He was active in the Young Men's Christian Association, and became a probationer in Western Canada in 1889. He studied at Wesleyan College, Montreal, and was ordained in 1894. He served charges primarily in Western Canada, and also in Ottawa. He was Principal of Regina College, 1914-1916. He retired in 1930.
Christopher Redmond undertook the research of Reverend John Sommerville in the 1980s. The draft of his work was read by reviewers for the Canadian Federation for the Humanities. A paper on the topic was presented to the Canadian Society of Presbyterian History. The work remains unfinished.
The Church was organized in the United States in 1784. This denomination sent preachers to Nova Scotia (1785 to 1800), to Montreal (1802 to 1820) and Quebec City (1803 to 1812), and officially to Upper Canada in the winter of 1789-1790--first through its New York Conference, then from 1810 to 1824 through its Genesee Conference, and from 1824 to 1828 through its Canada Conference. In 1828 the Methodist Episcopal Church in Canada was established. In 1821 the Genesee Conference established a committee to consider the matter of evangelism to the Aboriginal People and contacts were made with the Six Nations Reserve on the Grand River. In 1822 Alvin Torry was designated missionary to the Aboriginal People in Canada; in 1824 the Canada Conference Missionary Society was organized; and in 1828 William Case accepted the post of General Superintendent of Indian Missions of Upper Canada.
The Office of the Moderator and General Secretary (OMGS) was formalized as an administrative body and unit during the General Council Office reorganization in 2001. Prior to this reorganization, the same positions existed simply as The General Council.
The Office of the Moderator and General Secretary provides planning and coordination for, and support to, the General Council, its Executive and the Moderator. The General Secretary has responsibility for the coordination and integration of the people and programs of the General Council.
Herbert Lench Pottle (1907-2002) was born in Flatrock Newfoundland in 1907 and died in Ottawa September 21, 2002. He married Muriel Ethel Moran in 1937 and they had three children -two daughters surviving into adulthood.
H.L. Pottle received his B.A. from Mount Allison (1932) and his M.A. (1934) and Ph.D. (1937) in Psychology and Education from the University of Toronto. Dr. Pottle received an LL.D. from Mount Alison in 1992.
Dr. Pottle held many government positions in Newfoundland including Executive Officer, Department of Education, St. John's (1938-1944); Director of Child Welfare for Newfoundland and judge of the first juvenile court in St. John's (1944-1947); Commissioner for Home Affairs and Education (1947-1949). He was known as the last living father of Confederation having been one of the men who brought Newfoundland into Canada. He resigned from the Smallwood Cabinet in 1955 and became the Secretary of the Board of Information and Stewardship for the United Church of Canada (1955-1963). In 1961-62 he worked overseas for the U.N. and left in 1963 to work in the Deparment of National Health and Welfare in Ottawa until his retirement in 1972.
Muriel Ethel Pottle (nee Moran) was originally from Smithfield Ontario and married Dr. Herbert Lench Pottle in 1937.
Muriel was active in the UCW, serving on the M&O Conference Executive in 1969-1971. She also volunteered on the Board of Directors for the St. John's YWCA.
Muriel died April 21, 1990 in Ottawa.
William Roderick McKay (1871-1960), was a Presbyterian and later United Church missionary who established the South China mission. He was born in Springfield, Nova Scotia and attended Dalhousie University, Pine Hill Theological College and Princeton Seminary. He served at Kennetcook and Gore until he and his wife, Mary O’Brien, were appointed as missionaries to the then Portuguese city of Macau. In 1907 they proceeded to Kong Moon, a freeport, where twenty churches were to be built under the direction of Rev. McKay.
After 35 years in the mission field of South China, the McKays returned to Canada and lived in Toronto until the death of the Rev. McKay in 1960.
Robert Brycelain Craig (1916-2009) was a United Church Minister. He was born in Scotland and emigrated to Canada with his family in 1925. He received his B.A. from McMaster University in 1942 and his B.D. from Emmanuel College in 1949. He served in the Canadian Army from 1943-1946. He served the following charges in Ontario: Coniston, Sudbury; First United, St. Thomas, 1952-1963; Trinity United, Peterborough, 1963-1968; and Humbercrest, Toronto, 1976-1994. He was also Chair of Sudbury Presbytery, 1950-1952, Elgin Presbytery, 1954-1955, President of London Conference and a member of the Committee on Church Union, 1960-1968.
Alfred Lee Day (1914-2003) was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and received his B.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan and attended theological school at St. Andrew’s College. He was ordained by Saskatchewan Conference in 1936. He received his B.D. from Emmanuel College in 1951. He served in Guernsey, Saskatchewan from 1936-1939 and proceeded to West China remaining there until the revolution in 1950 made it impossible for him to continue working. The next three years saw him ministering in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan and following seven in the Chinese United Church in Calgary, Alberta. He returned to the Orient in 1961 to work with the Church of Christ in China, the Hong Kong Council and Hoh Fuk Tong College until 1972 when he returned to Canada together with his young family by his wife, Jean Day, a missionary nurse and that time a diaconal minister.
Alfred Lee Day was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret Meuser.