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United Church of Canada - Clergy√

Lane, Homer Russell

  • SCAA-UCCS-0099
  • Person
  • 1904–1974

Homer Lane was a United Church minister, who served in several Saskatchewan congregations, including Carnduff, Weyburn, Carmichael (Regina), St. Andrew's (Moose Jaw), and Knox-Metropolitan (Regina).

Born in 1904, to Methodist parents, Lane studied Arts and Theology at United College, in Winnipeg, before pursuing post-graduate studies at Emmanuel College, Toronto, and receiving his Bachelor of Divinity Degree. He was ordained in 1929 and served as Boy's Work Secretary for Manitoba and Saskatchewan. He married Grace Grover in 1932. In addition to his other work, Lane also served as Assistant Secretary of the United Church Board of Evangelism and Social Services for the Prairie Region, and later became Associate Secretary of the Board. In 1950, he was elected President of Saskatchewan Conference. After his term, Lane was honoured with a Doctor of Divinity Degree from United College (Winnipeg).

Heffelfinger, Galen Gordon

  • SCAA-UCCS-0087
  • Person
  • 1893–1964

G.G. Heffelfinger was a Presbyterian and later United Church minister, whose Saskatchewan pastorates included Buchanan, Grenfell, Vanscoy, Melfort, Sixth Avenue United Church (Regina), and Watrous.

Born in Nebraska, Heffelfinger and his family moved to Drinkwater, Saskatchewan, in 1907. He attended the University of Saskatchewan, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1916. During the First World War, he served as a stretcher-bearer with the Canadian Medical Corps (12th Field Ambulance) overseas, and was awarded the Military Medal. After the war, Heffelfinger pursued theological training, at New College (Edinburgh) and St. Andrew's College (Saskatoon), and was ordained by the Presbyterian Church, in 1921. He married Jean Watkins, in 1922.

Heffelfinger served as minister in Buchanan, Saskatchewan, 1921–1924, and Fort William, Ontario, 1924–1929. He received his Bachelor of Divinity degree from United College (Winnipeg). Returning to Saskatchewan, he served in Grenfell, 1929–1933, Vanscoy, 1933–1934, Melfort, 1934–1936, and Oxbow, 1937–1942. After receiving a Bachelor of Education degree, he became Saskatchewan director for the Canadian Legion Educational Services.

After the Second World War, Heffelfinger served as minister at Sixth Avenue (later called St. John's) United Church, in Regina, 1946–1956, then at Atwood and Springfield (London Conference), in Ontario, until he retired, in 1962. Returning to Saskatchewan, he came out of retirement to serve as minister to Watrous, where he remained from 1962–1964.

Scott, Norman William

  • SCAA-UCCS-0085
  • Person
  • 1924–2003

Norman Scott was a United Church minister, who served various congregations in Saskatchewan and worked as Christian Education Field Secretary, in Regina. Ordained in 1954, his ministry included pastoral charges in Uranium City (1954–1956), Shellbrook (1957–1960) and Tisdale (1961–1965). From 1966 to 1973, he served as Field Secretary (Christian Education) in Regina. He was Staff Officer in Edmonton, Alberta (1973–1979), then minister to South Arm, in Richmond, B.C., before retiring, in 1989.

Bay, Theodore

  • SCAA-UCCS-0153
  • Person
  • 1888–1970

Hardy, Ralph Willard

  • SCAA-UCCS-0079
  • Person
  • 1890–1987

R.W. Hardy was a Methodist and later United Church minister, who served congregations in Saskatchewan and British Columbia. He was born in 1890 and spent his childhood in Ontario, before attending the University of Toronto. He was ordained and married in June 1921, in Whitby, Ontario. He moved west and was assigned by the Methodist Church to the hospital in Hafford, Saskatchewan. From 1925 to 1930, Hardy served as a United Church minister in Speers and then Maymont, before transferring to Cranbrook, B.C.

Gruchy, Lydia Emelie

  • SCAA-UCCS-0144
  • Person
  • 1894–1992

Lydia Emelie Gruchy (1894-1992) was the first woman to be ordained in the United Church of Canada. She was born in France and studied at the University of Saskatchewan, and Presbyterian Theological College (Saskatchewan). Working under the Home Missions Board of the Presbyterian and United Churches from 1923 to 1936, she taught recent immigrants in Saskatchewan. She was ordained in 1936 and served charges in Saskatchewan until her retirement in 1962.

Czendes, Emerick

  • SCAA-UCCS-0078
  • Person
  • 1886–1958

Emerick Csendes was a missionary and later United Church minister in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. He was born in Transylvania, southeast Hungary, in October 1886. From 1914-1919, he served in the army and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. In 1924, Csendes left to become a missionary in Western Canada. He worked with Hungarian congregations in Manitoba and Saskatchewan – at Bekevar and Otthon – and studied at St. Andrew’s College (Saskatoon), from 1925 to 1928. He served in Winnipeg from 1929 until 1934, when he transferred to the Rothermere Mission field (Battleford Presbytery). In 1940, he returned to Otthon-Halmok Patoral Charge (Yorkton Presbytery), where he remained until 1951, when he transferred to Toronto’s Church of All Nations. He retired around 1956.

Strang, Peter

  • SCAA-UCCS-0195
  • Person
  • 1856–1934
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