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Minister’s Desk

Hello from St. James United Church in Waterdown! I am Hugh Mac Donald, and from January 1 to December 31, 2017, I am the “Supply” minister for St. James United Church while it goes through the many steps involved in searching out a new, long-term “Called” minister.

I was born and brought up on the East Coast in Inverness County, Cape Breton. I graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia in 1977 with a B.A., Major in English. I graduated from Emmanuel College in Toronto in 1986. I was ordained by Maritime Conference in 1986.

Since then, I have served several Pastoral Charges along with my wife Janet (who was also ordained in 1986) in New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, and in Hamilton, London, Toronto and Manitou Conferences in Ontario.

In 2009 I took the training courses for Interim Ministry from the Interim Ministry Network. I then did training in Conflict studies at Conrad Grebel College, University of Waterloo, and through a mentorship program, I was fully designated as an Interim Minister in the United Church of Canada in 2012.

I have served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Interim Ministry Network, and currently I am serving on the Interim Ministry Committee of Hamilton Conference.

Besides my wife Janet, my family includes my daughter and her husband, and my son and his fiancée. I look forward to what God has in store for St. James United Church in Waterdown… in 2017, and in the time to come.

Rev. Hugh Mac Donald