The Search Committee has begun its work with a description of
the minister desired;
Deep River Community Church’s New
Minister: Our Perceived Perfect Profile of his or her
Our well-loved current minister, the Rev. Paul Evans, will
retire in June 2019. We’re looking for an unusual person to
take his place. So we’re starting in lots of time and, if it
were to be useful, we are open to considering to an overlap in
We know ministry is a very demanding vocation that draws on
energy, curiosity, personal talents and, ultimately, on personal
faith. While we expect leadership from our minister, the load
is shared with Community Church’s Council and congregation.
Indeed, we encourage our minister to enjoy the considerable
talents of the congregation and wider community, reaching out to
utilize these. Community Church’s unusual self-government
deviates from the typical hierarchy that places the minister
between the presbytery and the congregation. In many aspects,
our minister works collaboratively with the Church Council.
Over the last ten years, the congregation has become attuned
to progressive Christian theology although our minister
appreciates the theological diversity within our congregation.
Our Church is fortunate to have a strong music tradition and a
great choir. We have a long-standing reputation for generous
support of missions, local, national and foreign. We have
provided leadership to establishing social services in our town.
Deep River is the home of Canada’s main centre for nuclear
research, giving us an elevated proportion of
scientifically-educated inhabitants, even a recent Nobel Prize
winner among our past members. Employees from the nearby
Petawawa armed forces base are also among us. In many ways,
Deep River is a special small town in a beautiful setting on the
Ottawa River and on the periphery of Algonquin Park. Our town
offers a remarkable range of cultural and sporting activities,
has an exceptional library, its own symphony orchestra, great
beaches, and interesting people.
We hope to attract a minister who is warm, welcoming,
empathetic and with a sense of humour, and with an all-inclusive
love of people in all their diversity. We would like him or her
to have a preaching presence and be capable of presenting
challenging ideas. We’d really like to strengthen our youth
ministry. That said, he or she should be able to engage in
pastoral care for all ages and stages.
Community Church has a family-sized manse, not attached to
the Church property. However, if a housing allowance would be
preferred, this could be arranged.
The Church is affiliated with the United Church of Canada and
the Presbyterian Church in Canada and our remuneration fully
meets their guidelines.
We consider music to be an integral element in our services.
PowerPoint projection facilitates our worship.
The Church building includes
offices, meeting areas and Sunday school space in the lower
level. Our adjacent Christian Education Centre is used for
Church-related events: weekly drop-in coffee mornings,
occasional lunches and suppers, and fund-raising activities.
This building also hosts a broad range of community activities.
For more information, please feel
free to contact either the Church office (613-584-2812) or the
Chair of the Search Committee, Alistair Miller (613-584-4284