Wednesday, May 18, 2011

University of Western Ontario To Welcome Over Three Hundred Presbyterian Commissioners From Across The Country

TORONTO, May 17, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - Representatives from Presbyterian churches across Canada will gather in London, Ontario for a week of deliberations and fellowship. The 137th General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada convenes June 5th at the University of Western Ontario and continues through June 10th. The week will be filled with meetings of the Assembly, daily worship, and learning and fellowship opportunities for the approximately three hundred delegates that will attend.

The PCC is comprised of over nine hundred congregations, ministries, and mission partnerships across Canada and around the world. On any given Sunday, worship services are conducted in sanctuaries, school gyms, and living rooms across the country in as many as seventeen languages.

The honour of hosting the Assembly rotates among the forty-five regional presbyteries. Rev. Keith McKee, minister at St. George's Presbyterian Church in London, chairs the local committee making arrangements for the Assembly on behalf of the Presbytery of London.

"It has been 25 years since the Presbytery of London hosted General Assembly," says McKee, "The local Presbytery has been planning for over four years to ensure that commissioners have a warm welcome to London. The Presbytery is honoured to have commissioners from coast to coast, as well as ecumenical visitors, church staff, and others, as London's guests."

The General Assembly, which meets annually, elects a Moderator who, in addition to presiding over the week-long meeting of Assembly, is the de facto spokesperson for The PCC while the Assembly is not sitting. The sole nominee for Moderator of the 137th General Assembly is the Rev. Dr. H.D. (Rick) Horst, minister at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Barrie, Ontario. Rev. Horst is quite familiar with the London area having served seventeen years as minister in nearby St. Marys.

Specific information about the 137th General Assembly, including each of the recommendations to be considered by the commissioners and schedules for special events, is available online at