Metamorphosis: The Changing Shape of the Eastern Synod

Over the last few years several changes have altered the framework of our synod, with some congregations closing and others merging together. Here’s some of what’s been happening:

St. James, Cambridge closed
Many members of the former St. James, Cambridge are now worshipping at St. Peter’s, Cambridge with Rev Janaki Bandara.

Faith, Deep River merged with St. John’s, Petawawa
Guided by Rev Bruce Thompson, Faith, Deep River merged with St. John’s, Petawawa.
The current pastor in Petawawa is Rev Albert Romkema.

Mount Calvary, Ottawa merged with Martin Luther, Ottawa
In early 2018 Mount Calvary, Ottawa merged with Martin Luther, Ottawa.
Now worshipping in the former Mount Calvary building with current pastor Rev Friedrich Demke.

Trillium Lutheran Church, Kitchener
This new congregation is the coming together of St. Mark’s, Kitchener; St. John’s, Waterloo and Reformation, Kitchener.
Now worshipping in the former St. John’s, Waterloo building with current pastors Rev Annette Smith and Rev Fred Ludolph.

St. Philip’s, Kitchener merged with St. Luke’s, Kitchener
Pastor Jim Koellner worked closely with synod office to facilitate the merger of these congregations with the majority of former members now a part of the St. Luke’s family.
Rev Olavi Hepomaki is currently the interim pastor.

Hamilton- Pending
The congregations of Grace, St. John’s, Transfiguration and Faith, Hamilton have been working towards amalgamation for over a year with monthly meetings, a steering committee and working groups already in place.
They have been working with consultants TUCC (Toronto United Church Consultants) and are still studying their options.
A final vote on amalgamation is set for September 2019.
The congregation of Grace, Hamilton has already sold their building.

South Grey Bruce Parish- Pending
The congregations of St. Paul, Neustadt; St. Paul, Normanby and St. Matthew’s, Mildmay are currently working towards amalgamation.
St. Paul, Normanby has sold their building.

Niagara- Pending
In the Niagara area, 6 of 7 congregations have been in consultations with the goal being realignment to shared ministry. The hope is that they can facilitate a sustainable pastoral ministry of Word and Sacrament in the area.

Nith Valley Shared Ministry Parish
Recently the congregations of St. James, Baden; St. Peter’s, Milverton and St. Paul’s, Ellice entered into a shared ministry arrangement with one full time pastor, Rev Bonnie Schelter- Brown and one part time pastor, Rev Barry Boeckner.
This is a similar arrangement to what is happening in Nova Scotia with Zion, Lunenburg; Grace, First South; St. Matthew’s, Rose Bay and St. John's, Feltzen South.
The current pastor there is Rev Rick Pryce.