Governance and Lay Leadership

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Sydenham Street United Church has been a member of the United Church of Canada since 1925, when four Protestant churches—the Methodist Church, Canada, the Congregational Union of Ontario and Quebec, two-thirds of the congregations of the Presbyterian Church of Canada and the Association of Local Union Churches—joined together to form the United Church of Canada by an Act of Parliament. Our congregation founded in 1811 was one of the first Methodist congregations in Upper Canada. The current building, now known as The Spire, was completed in 1852.

SSUC is a member of the East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC), the coordinating and administrative organization for United Church congregations for the area extending from east of Toronto to Kingston. The ECORC is one of 16 regional councils created in 2018. Lay members and ministers, supported by a small staff complement, oversee the work of the church within each region.

More than 50 people are members of the small groups, program committees and executive that work with the minister and administrative staff to support the life and work of Sydenham Street United Church.  A new slate of executive and committee members was approved by the congregation at the 2020 Annual General Meeting held on Sunday, September 20, 2020.

Executive officers and committees chairs include:

Executive Committee 
Chair Ian Malcolm
Past co-chairsJack Soule, Lynn Freeman             
SecretaryBarbara Parker 
TreasurerKirby Ruthven
Chair, Board of Trustees Donna Delyea 
Co-chairs, Art and Soul Barb Carr, Ellie Deir
Chair, Finance CommitteeJack Soule
Chair, Ministry & Personnel CommitteeJames Leake
Chair, Property CommitteeKenn Doerksen
Chair, Social Justice and OutreachMichael Purcell
Chair, Worship CommitteeEileen Woloshyn
Coordinator, Engaging the Spirit Circle Linda Hutchinson
Coordinator, Communications CommitteeLynn Freeman
Representative, East Central Ontario Regional Council, United Church of CanadaJack Soule
Pastoral Charge Supervisor Ruth Wood
Operations Manager (ex-officio)Donald Mitchell

Updated 2020 11 11