St. Paul's Welcomes our New Minister, Rev. Gerald Kerr


St Paul’s United Church is a community of faith seeking to become a spiritual hub of creativity, discovery and growth.  We are excited, therefore, to announce the arrival of our new full-time minister, the Reverend Gerald Kerr and his wife, Ida, as partners in this ministry. They arrived from Truro, Nova Scotia in late September to take up residence on the outskirts of Perth.  The congregation will welcome him to the pulpit on Sunday, October 6, 2013.

Rev. Gerry brings to St. Paul’s eleven years of experience in ordained ministry and a breadth of earlier experience in post-secondary education, government research, community service and business. 
A lifelong learner, he is passionate about the ways the Christian community can find its way in a changing and sometimes dangerous world and believes that all ages have a stake in the church’s future promise. He holds degrees from the University of New Brunswick, Western University and Emmanuel College in the University of Toronto. 

His interests are broad and varied, ranging from running marathons such as the Toronto Marathon in 2009 and the Boston Marathon in 2011.He enjoys music festivals, Blue Jays games and riding his Honda Shadow Spirit 1100 motorcycle!! The Canadian Foodgrains Bank initiative and the Mission &Service Fund of the United Church are two of his outreach passions. 

Gerry’s interest in running has been serendipitous in his coming to Perth. He happened to be passing through Perth in June 2011 and signed up to run the Kilt Run because of his interest in all things Scottish! He enjoyed Perth so much that when he later heard about an opportunity for ministry here he proceeded to investigate the possibilities. The St. Paul’s search committee was unanimous in its very enthusiastic endorsement of Gerry as the new minister for St. Paul’s.
On September 28th the congregation will hosted a big farewell party for their supply minister, the Reverend Camille Lipsett and her husband, Brian, to express profound gratitude for their support of St. Paul’s through ministry, pastoral care and the transition process over the past two and a half years. 

The congregation will be said a fond farewell to Reverend Camille Lipsett and Brian and a warm hello to Reverend Gerry and Ida on Sunday, September 29th, 2013. It was very gratifying to experience such a smooth and uplifting transition process between the two ministers.

Visitors are always welcome at St. Paul’s and are especially welcome to join us as we greet our new minister, the Reverend Gerald Kerr whom we hope will be with us for many years to come. 
 
  

 




Rev. Gerry and his congregation at Trinity United Church,
Onslow, Nova Scotia have been supporting The Canadian Foodgrains Bank initiative, a partnership of 15 Canadian Churches and church-based agencies working together to end global hunger. This Trinity initiative has been Gerry's pride and joy.
Pictured are Gerry and Trinity U.C.volunteers at a Canadian Foodgrains event.



 
  



Gerry relaxing on a summer's day.
 






Gerry and a fellow Canadian Foodgrains Bank volunteer at an Amazing Corn Maze
 
                           










For more information about worship services, activities and our minister contact St. Paul’s at 613-267-2973.