Who We Are

Welcome to St. Andrews Wingham. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to have a look around and then feel free to contact us or visit us in person. The position of senior minister became vacant in July 2015 when Rev. Bernie Skelding left to become senior minister at Coquitlam Presbyterian Church. Pastor Bernie led St. Andrews from 2004-2015 and shepherded the partnership of Knox and St. Andrews in 2012. His insightful sermons led us forward from traditional to a blended worship.

Since you are reading this, you should know that you are in danger of God doing to you what God did to me. I became a Christian many years ago as a teen and was content with how life had unfolded…that is, until God jarred me, got my attention and said, “I want to use you in ministry to bring more people to Me.” My life has been topsy-turvy ever since then…but in a good way. It is good because God is more in it; it becomes a little crazy because I never know what God will ask me to do next. You could be in for the same treatment. At St. Andrew’s, we talk about the living God and the God living in us. God longs to know you and for you to realize your full potential in Him. We sincerely welcome you to our fellowship and promise to help you in your quest for God.

Sincerely, Rev. Larry Skinner

Mission Statement:

Our purpose is to glorify and worship God through faith in Jesus Christ. Led by the Holy Spirit and the teaching of God’s Word, we encourage spiritual growth and outreach to others.

Our purpose: To celebrate God with a passion for Christ and compassion for people

So all can…

Believe in Him,

Belong in Him,

Be Built up in Him,

Serve Him,

Share Him.

We are a diverse community who are seeking to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. We welcome you as we learn together how to continue the caring of Jesus in Wingham, Belmore and beyond.

St. Andrews Wingham is a member of the Presbyterian Church of Canada. Relying on the power of the Holy Spirit, we proclaim the love and good news of Jesus Christ through our words and actions. As a reformed church, we rely on the truth and inspiration of Scriptures for God’s guidance into the future-knowing God is with us.

Elders

Ruling elders play a key role in the life of the congregation. Most decisions about the life and work of the congregation are made by the session. Ruling elders therefore have a tremendous responsibility and many opportunities to do the work of Christ. With the minister and through their membership on session they work in partnership as leaders – leading the congregation in its fellowship (its ministry to one another) and in its mission (its ministry to the world).

Taken from “Equipping Elders” by the Presbyterian Church in Canada

Current Elders:

Hugh Clugston (Clerk of Session), Clayton Baird, Merle Underwood, Doug Conley, Grant Currie, John Mann, Arnold Taylor, Dirk Rylaarsdam, Ken McKague, Joe Smith, Phil Smith, Ralph Campbell, Dan Snell, Marilyn Vander Woude

Retired Elders: Isobel Arbuckle, Robert McKague, Elinor Ward

Board of Managers

It is the task of the Board of Managers to look after the business side of the church. They prepare annual budgets, conduct repairs and upgrades to the church property. Board members have a three year term.

List of current Board of Managers:

Verna Hodgins & Margaret Stapleton (Co-Chair of Board), Ralph Campbell, Joanne Taylor, Julia Norman, Shelley Sullivan, Joe Smith, David Wall, Scott Gillespie, Judy Lyons, Erin Schiestel and Carol Shaw