A congregation of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.
From September into June, join us for worship on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.. All are welcome. We are located on Bank Street at First Avenue. On-street parking available. Bus routes 1 & 7 will get you here.
Our Church building is wheelchair accessible. Please enter from First Avenue.
Sunday, April 27 – Easter 2
We will welcome the Reverend Carol Bain as our worship leader.
Interim Minister ~ The Rev. Tony Boonstra
Tony was born in the Netherlands; at the age of eight, he immigrated to Canada with his parents. For a brief time the family lived in Alberta but then moved to British Columbia. At the age of 22, Tony began his undergraduate studies at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and graduated with a B.A. in Education. During this time he met and married Bonnie Brown.
Upon accepting a teaching position in Ottawa, Tony and his family began worshipping at St Andrew’s, in Carleton Place. A few years later, Tony decided to change careers and in 1975 enrolled at Presbyterian College at McGill University in Montreal. In 1976, Tony was licensed to preach the Gospel by the Presbytery of Lanark and Renfrew. During his time at McGill, Tony served a three-point charge as a student minister at St Paul’s Presbyterian in Scotstown, Bethany Presbyterian in Milan, and St Andrew’s Presbyterian in Lac Megantic in the Presbytery of Quebec. Tony graduated in 1977 with his Bachelor of Theology and with a Masters of Divinity in 1978.
Upon completion of his studies, Tony was ordained in St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Carleton Place, on Thursday, June 1, 1978, under the direction of the Presbytery of Lanark and Renfrew. On appointment by the Board of World Mission to do church extension work on Vancouver Island, he and Bonnie and their six children moved to Parksville, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
During the next eight years, while serving St Columba Presbyterian, a new church was built. The family then moved to Edmonton, Alberta where Tony accepted a call to St Andrew’s, a church in the inner city, where he served for eight years. The family then moved to Richmond, Ontario, where Tony was the minister for eleven years.
For the past number of years, Tony has done interim ministry at St Andrew’s in Stittsville, Paterson Memorial in Sarnia, Calvin Presbyterian in North Bay, St Andrew’s in Carleton Place, and most recently at St Andrew’s in Kingston. Tony looks forward to working with the people at St Giles in this “in between time” as the congregation continues their ongoing mission and ministry to be a blessing in this part of God’s vineyard.”
The Presbytery of Ottawa will conduct a Service of Recognition to acknowledge the appointment of The Rev. Tony Boonstra as Interim Minister for St Giles. The Service will be held on April 6, 2014 at 3 p.m. All welcome.