25 Buchanan Street, St. John's, NL

Ministerial Appointment

In August of this year we will have a new Interim Minister.

We now invite you to take a few minutes to meet our new minister Rev. Dr. Peter Bartlett!

Greetings! I am Rev. Dr. Peter Bartlett and I am an Ordained Minister in the United Church of Canada. I am married to Maureen, who is a High School Vice-Principal in Kingston, Ontario.

I answered a call to ministry following a first career in the Canadian Armed Forces which began in 1977 when I joined the R NFLD R in St. John’s, my hometown. I retired at the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel (PPCLI) in July 2001. As an Infantry Officer in the Canadian Army, I served in many different capacities and in many different places throughout Canada and abroad. I am a graduate of the Royal Military College, the Canadian Army Staff College, and the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College. My final posting was as the Commanding Officer of the Canadian Parachute Centre in Trenton, Ontario.

I am also a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston (M.Div.), and McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago (D.Min). I was ordained by the Bay of Quinte Conference, and I have served in ministry leadership capacities within Kingston/Four Winds, Belleville/Kente and Oshawa/Lakeridge Presbyteries, and in upper New York State.

I have been officially designated as an Interim Minister within the UCC and I am a member in good standing with the Interim Ministry Network (IMN). My call to Interim Ministry is clear and my skills are practiced and time-tested. I believe that my life-long discernment to ministry has enabled me to integrate my extensive leadership, education, training and experience in the military, with my profound sense of call to leadership in the changing Church.

My skills have proven very useful to congregations in transition, especially in those seeking a shared leadership approach. I competently invite imaginative, open-minded, and team based analytical processes that are designed to help congregations courageously develop and own their decisions for the future.

I really enjoy working with congregations who venture into transition with the courage to reconcile past differences, and to listen to the many exciting and diverse ways that the Spirit is moving them forward. Faith communities, like George Street United Church, that are steeped in rich history and accomplishments, will find the key to their futures by trusting in God and in one another.

Thank-you for inviting me here! I really looking forward to working with you, as we journey forth together, no doubt facing some challenges, but embracing promise too:

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”  (Isaiah 43:19)

Blessings!

Peter +

 

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