GARY PATERSON

Lead Minister

Gary came to be Lead Minister at St. Andrew’s-Wesley in 2005, with experience that ranged from ministry on the west side of Vancouver to the Downtown Eastside, to the B.C. Conference/Provincial Office.  In 2012 Gary was elected to be the Moderator of the United Church (the national spiritual leader) for a three year term; he returned to St. A/W in December of 2015.  He is an openly gay person, married to City Councillor Tim Stevenson.

Gary is committed to helping create an inclusive faith community, where all are welcomed; where people are encouraged to grow in their faith, through worship, study and practices; and where they discern their call by the Spirit to engage in the work of loving neighbour and world.