Chalmers-Wesley United Church needs new minister

The Chalmers-Wesley United Church congregation is about to begin searching for a new minister.

Reverend George MacDonald, who had been out on extended sick leave, recently asked for his name to be placed on the United Church’s discontinued service list in January.

This news was conveyed to the congregation on Sunday, February 3, by Chalmers-Wesley’s chair of ministry and personnel committee Beatrice Gaw. She read an excerpt from a letter sent to the church from the Montreal & Ottawa Conference of The United Church of Canada.

Last summer the MacDonalds and their children quietly left their homestead, the parsonage of St. Andrew’s United, Valcartier, and moved to Florida. Though details are not clear surrounding his departure, what is certain is that the congregation had not been in contact with MacDonald for some time before his leaving.

Since MacDonald went on leave, Chalmers administrators worked to cover the weekly services with replacement ministers, some borrowed from neighbouring churches.

Gaw explained that it has been tough to find replacements through what was a difficult situation.
“We continue to keep George and his family in our prayers,” an e-mail message to the congregation stated. It went on to say, “As a result of this decision, our congregation is now going to start the process of searching for a new minister. May God guide us as we go through this process.”

Reverend MacDonald took up the position at Chalmers in July 2004, succeeding Reverend Martyn Sadler, who retired and took up life in the Eastern Townships.