History: The First-St. Andrew's Story

Read about our church roots and the role played by the distinguished gentleman above, the Rev. William Proudfoot.

Read Gavin McGregor's biography of the the man who founded our church, William Proudfoot … An Auld Acquaintance.

Get a sense of the related time line.

Although it may look like its been there forever, the sanctuary space has gone through a variety of transformations over the years. more.

  • 1938 - Renovation of Sanctuary
    • rebuilding and relocation of organ in chancel "pit" and pipes to chambers on either side of chancel to provide open chancel with east and west choir stalls facing each other
    • removal of galleries on east and west side walls
    • creation of centre aisle with new pews and chancel paneling on main floor
    • central pulpit replaced with present side pulpit and lectern
    • installation of present stained glass windows in chancel
  • 1949 - War memorial stained glass windows dedicated
  • 1955 - Sanctuary redecorated
    • symbols for 12 Apostles, 4 Gospels, Alpha and Omega painted on ceiling
    • several stained glass memorial windows dedicated
  • 1956 - Present Chapel and Christian Education Building dedicated after 1905 building was gutted and rebuilt
  • 1969 - New Casavant Freres tracker organ installed in balcony of sanctuary and chancel redesigned
  • 1974 - New Casavant Freres organ installed in Chapel
  • 1975 - Ceiling symbols covered with drywall when some plaster fell
  • 1982 - Extensive updating of Christian Education Building and kitchens
  • 1995 - Access addition incorporating chapel and sanctuary entrances, an elevator, and new washrooms installed
  • 1999 - Sanctuary refurbished and ceiling symbols replaced
  • 2005 -" Lower Hall" refurbished and renamed "Proudfoot Hall

First Presbyterian ("United" after church union in 1925)

  • Rev. William Proudfoot: 1832-1851
  • Rev. Dr. J.A. Proudfoot: 1851-1889
  • Rev. Dr. William J. Clark: 1890-1907
  • Rev. Dr. John G. Inkster: 1907-1913
  • Rev. Dr. William J. Knox: 1913-1921
  • Col. The Rev. William Beattie: 1821-1933
  • Rev. Dr. Moir A.J. Waters: 1933-1937

St. Andrew's Presbyterian ("United" after union in 1925)

  • Rev. Dr. John Scott: 1850-1875
  • Rev. James A. Murray: 1875-1894
  • Rev. Dr. Robert Johnston: 1895-1903
  • Rev. Dr. James Ross: 1903-1913
  • Rev. Dr. Donald C. MacGregor: 1914-1936
  • Rev. Dr. John Y. MacKinnon: 1936-1937

First-St. Andrew's United Church (as of January 1st 1938)

  • Rev. Dr. Moir A.J. Waters: 1938-1940
  • Rev. Dr. John Y. MacKinnon: 1938-1951
  • Rev. W.S. MacLeod: 1941-1942
  • Rev. D. M. Bishop: 1942-1946
  • Rev. O.P. Hossie: 1946-1947
  • Rev.G.A. Cowper-Smith: 1947-1949
  • Rev. J.S. Gibson: 1949-1958
  • The Very Rev. Angus J. MacQueen: 1951-1964
  • Rev. Dr. C.D. McLellan: 1958-1965
  • Rev. Alexander J. Farquhar: 1964-1980
  • Rev. Dr. G.B. Gray: 1965-1966
  • Rev. G. P. Cumming: 1966-1969
  • Rev. Dr. Moir A.J. Waters: 1969-1972
  • Rev. D. Parsons: 1971-1973
  • Rev. I.R. MacKay: 1974-1978
  • Rev. D.R. Carothers: 1978-1980
  • Rev. Anthony Gazzard: 1980-1989
  • Major The Rev. J. Piercey MacLean: 1981-1990
  • Rev. Dr. Frank Meadows: 1989-2000 (Minister Emeritus: 2006-2011)
  • Rev. Deborah Carter: 1990-1991
  • Rev. Catherine Moore: 1992-1998
  • Rev. Dr. Susan Shelstad: 1997-2011
  • Rev. Dr. David McKane: 2002-2010 (Minister Emeritus: 2014-
  • Rev. Dr. Kate Crawford: 2010-2014
  • Rev. Tom Hiscock: 2013-
  • Rev Michelle Down: 2015-