St. John's Presbyterian Church Toronto

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     It is very exciting to become part of the ministry team here at St. John's Presbyterian church.

     I am a "cradle" Presbyterian, a child of the manse. Dad was in parish ministry and Mom in chaplaincy. I graduated from Knox College in 1980 with an M.Div. and was ordained that year.   Married to Richard Johnston, a corporate-commercial lawyer, since 1985, we have two daughters. Rachel is studying at the UofT, and Maeve is entering grade 12. 

    To round out the picture, we have two dogs and two fish. Along the way I also picked up a law degree, and though I do not practice law, am member of the Ontario Bar, in good standing, since 1995.

      My first parish was in Ailsa Craig, Ont.   Since leaving there I have done occasional ministry and served on many committees of our church. Currently I am the chair of our National Church Records and Archives committee.  Our archives, under the stellar leadership of Kim Arnold, has been a leader in work in Canada on the Truth and Reconciliation initiative. 


      I also sit on the Personnel Committee of International Ministries, which gives me the opportunity to meet many fine people who serve Christ abroad on behalf of our church.  I am the Secretary of Oikocredit - Central Canada, part of a Christian organization conducting micro-finance world-wide.

      Over the years, I have served on Women in Ministry Committee, on the editorial board of Women's Perspectives newsletter, and for many years assisted in the development of the Church's Policy on Sexual Harassment and Abuse.

      Most recently, before coming to St. John's, I ministered at Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church in West Toronto Presbytery, and participated in bringing about the amalgamation of Pine Ridge and Albion Gardens to form Fellowship Presbyterian.

      I look forward to getting to know the wonderful people I have met here even better, and to becoming your minister.

                   Maureen Walter