who we are...

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Waterloo Presbytery in Ontario, Canada is one of 99 district courts of the United Church of Canada. It oversees an active community of 60 churches in Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo and the North and West.   We are fortunate to have a blend of both rural and urban charges, from part-time to multiple-staff ministries. All of our churches are unique, but some offer visionary partnerships. Consider Westminister United sharing facilities with the Temple Shalom synagogue, or St. Luke's United which fostered and is surrounded by a thriving seniors' complex. Our theological stance is as varied as our facilities: from conservative to liberal, from covenanting to affirming. Despite, and maybe because of this diversity, we unite in our focus on Christ's love for us and for the work to be done.

core goals . . .

Waterloo Presbytery has identified the mission, health and vitality of congregations as its core business. Since September, we've been working on a Strategic Plan that will identify priorities and key goals and objectives for the next 3 to 5 years.

The Plan is built around four phases of congregational life;

  • "Living Well" -- helping healthy congregations get stronger.
  • "Match Making" -- encouraging partnerships within and beyond the church.
  • "Giving Birth" -- starting new communities of faith.
  • "Dying Well" -- working with congregations at the end of their life cycle to leave a lasting legacy.

The Strategic Plan is another tool, along with the restructuring of Presbytery, the creation of the Presbytery Support Minister position, and the new Property Legacy Handbook, for addressing our future needs and vision. We'll be discussing the Strategic Plan further. If you have any comments or questions on the Strategic Plan, please send them to Rev. Paul Miller email.

If you wish to view the Presbytery Strategic Plan please use this link . This a word file, which will open in a separate window.


Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of it's sorrow, it empties today of it's strength.

Items of Note

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Pulpit Supply Mary Elliott Contact

what's new...

Rev. Paul Miller, Presbytery Support Minister, has set up a blog and invites people from the Presbytery to contact him. The blog is called Mission Health Vitality and the address is http://waterloopres@blogspot.ca. If you wish to contact Paul, his email is: pmiller@watpres.ca , and his telephone number is: 905-321-4309.

Support Minister of Waterloo Presbytery 2014-2018 - Dr. Rev. Paul Miller

Mark your Calendar:

. . . Don't forget the next PRESBYTERY  MEETING Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Harcourt United Church, 87 Dean Ave., Guelph, ON N1H 1L3. Telephone: 519-824-4177. Directions can be found at Google map location. The supper begins at 5 p.m. and meeting starts at 6 p.m.

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Please NOTE:
The United Church Resource Centre in Waterloo Presbytery is closed permanently as of December 31, 2016. Please place orders through: UCRD (United Church Resource Distribution) http://www.ucrdstore.ca or telephone: 1-800-288-7365. Or Parasource Marketing and Distribution http://www.parasource.com, telephone: 1-800-263-2664.

CONTACT US: If you have any changes to your Pastoral Charge or directory information.
If you would like to receive the updated Presbytery Directory for 2015/16, then contact our secretary at the address and email below.

Waterloo Presbytery
Waterloo Presbytery, c/o First United Church
16 William St. W.,
Waterloo, ON N2L 1J3

what is presbytery

Waterloo Presbytery as a court of the United Church of Canada most closely supports congregations in our area. In the wider circle is Hamilton Conference to whom the six Presbyteries of Erie, Bruce, Halton, Niagara, Hamilton and  Waterloo are responsible. Dedicated lay volunteers, elected by our congregations, along with ministry personnel who are automatically members of Presbytery, do the work of our Presbytery.

job opportunities

There are job opportunities in our Presbytery and elsewhere. See the job listings available. Link to page.
We also need people who wish to serve Hamilton Conference. If you have a desire to share your talents, see the link below.


General Council 2015


2015 Moderator
Rev. Jordon Cantwell (L) with former moderator Rev. Gary Patterson (R)


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