Church History

Discover the beginnings of our thriving congregation

OUR STORY United Church of Canada is a Christian denomination formed in 1925 by the union of Presbyterian, Methodist, Congregational and Local Union Churches. In 1927 St. Andrew’s-Wesley Church became the successor of two Vancouver congregations: Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian and Wesley Methodist. The spirit of these two congregations still thrives today, in our commitment to social justice programming and providing a compassionate, inclusive and welcoming space in downtown Vancouver.

Located at the corner of Burrard and Nelson Streets in Vancouver’s scenic West End, our church is a designated heritage building. It was constructed between 1927 and 1933, and features a mock 14th-century-style Gothic tower, a high vaulted nave, deep transepts, and abundant light. Both the traditional leaded glass and the more recent dalle de verre are represented in its magnificent stained glass windows. The building was originally designed by Twizel and Twizel (blueprints), and constructed from Nelson Island granite and Haddington Island stone. It has always been a work in progress, and we now work to repair and restore the beautiful building as it gracefully ages.

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