Rev. Blair Paterson
I spent my childhood “in the city” (Montreal, Calgary, Ottawa) but really grew up in Kemptville, Ontario.
I idolized George Bailey, the main character in the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, and learned to love the subtleties and not-so-subtleties of rural living. It was the women of the United Church Women (UCW) who evangelized me with casseroles and youth group and my call to ministry was crystalized when I was the last paid chaplain at our local United Church summer camp, Rideau Hill Camp, at the age of 16.
I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa and moved onto Queen’s Theological College (QTC) in preparation for ministry. QTC gave me the tools for rural ministry, and allowed me to work part-time as a student supply minister during my last two years of school. I was ordained and served in the Gros Morne National Park area of Newfoundland until I was called to serve St. Paul’s United Church in Prescott, Ontario. On April Fool’s Day 2003, I started my ministry at the South Mountain-Hallville Pastoral Charge.
I am married to Karen, who has put up with me for over 25 years (gasp!) and am the father of two teenaged daughters (pray for me): Emma and Malerie. I’m in the midst of working towards a Doctor of Ministry degree at the University of Toronto and use ethnography, the theology of the Cross and the folkloric aspect of play as conceptual lenses through which to look at the haecceity of rural churches—these are big words that mean I’m studying the South Mountain-Hallville Pastoral Charge because I love it.
I enjoy heavy metal (RUSH!!) and play the bagpipes. The Ottawa Senators are my hockey team (as well as the Calgary Flames) and I love CFL football.
I am, according to United Church of Canada statistics a “below-average” minister (being in my early 40s) but I hope that designation only describes my age. All in all, this crazy life is held together somehow by that crazy Lord that I love and follow and try to emulate.
Lay worship leaders
The South Mountain-Hallville Pastoral Charge is fortunate to have a group of lay worship leaders on whom we can call to lead services in our four churches.
Each point of the Charge has a Service every week. Rev. Paterson conducts two services each week. He alternates churches each week; one week he will lead the congregations in Mountain-South Mountain and Heckston and the next week in Inkerman and Hallville.
Each week one of our lay worship leaders leads worship at the churches where Rev. Paterson is not. Go to Worship With Us to see the service times.
Pastoral care team
Our pastoral care team provides support to families during times of need including sickness, isolation, and grief. If you know of anyone who could use a visit or is in need of support, please contact:
Rev. Blair Paterson
Jim Allen, Interim Team Coordinator
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