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Our People of St. Andrew's
The people of St. Andrew's are the congregation (members and adherents) as well as visitors, along with our staff.
Currently our congregational roll has 305 official members and 213 adherents, including children.
Our paid staff includes one minister, a director of youth and children's ministry
, administrative assistant, director of music, bookkeeper, and two custodial staff.
Two positions receive honorariums: treasurer and envelope secretary.

Link to Staff Biographies
Link to Committees and Groups | Link to Committee/Team Form

Our Minister: Rev. John C. Borthwick
Note: Confidential email for our Minister
Minister in Association: The Rev. Dr. Robert Spencer
Director of Music: Fred Gingrich
Director of Youth and Children's Ministries: Laurissa Di Ilio
Contract to June 30, 2017
Director of Youth and Children's Ministry:
Sarah Freeman
Currently on parental leave
Church Office Administrator: Shainna Poulin
Financial Staff: Craig Clack (Treasurer)
Elaine Lilley (Bookkeeper)
Gertie Riemer (Envelope Secretary)
Custodial Staff: Darlene LePage (Housekeeper)
Dave Lilley (Custodian)

Staff Biographies

John Borthwick
The Rev. John C. Borthwick,
B.A., M.Div.,
John began his ministry at St. Andrew's in January 2003 as the initial member of a future co-ministry team.  He was joined by The Rev. Jan Hazlett in September 2003. They worked cooperatively (until Jan accepted a call in Alberta in November 2006) sharing the overall ministry of St. Andrew's.
Prior to coming to St. Andrew's, John was Minister of Rexdale Presbyterian Church in Toronto for five years.
He is a graduate of Knox College and McMaster University. His current areas of interest are conflict mediation, change theory, and the influences of consumer culture on society.
John is married to Kate and they have a young son named Logan and a young daughter named Shannon.
View the pdf file: 40 under 40 Awards 2008 featuring Rev. John Borthwick and highlighting the 2009 Habitat for Humanity "Faith Build"
Bob Spencer

The Rev. Dr. Robert Spencer,
Minister in Association
The full designation of this voluntary position is "Minister in Association in support of the whole people of God in their daily life and work."
Dr. Bob believes that God gifts every Christian. He served congregations in Saskatchewan and Ontario, before being called by the Presbyterian Church to start Crieff Hills Community Retreat & Conference Centre, where he seryved for 24 years. Throughout his first 36 years of ordained ministry he studied and taught in various fields related to congregational life and lay leadership. He also served on many boards and committees both civic and church (national & international), in various capacities, including many years on the Wellington County Board of Education. Over the last 10 years he has served as an Interim Minister in five Presbyterian congregations in southwestern Ontario.
Dr. Bob is assisting the people of St. Andrew’s to recognize and develop their God-given gifts in order to serve others in their daily life.
  Sarah Freeman,
Director of Youth and
Children's Ministry

Sarah Freeman is the Children and Youth Program director. She was the Pastor of Youth and Young adults at First Mennonite for three years before completing a PhD in preaching. She lives in Kitchener with her husband, daughter, dog, and cat.

Currently on parental leave

Di Ilio,
Director of Youth and
Children's Ministries
Laurissa Di Ilio is a third-year student in the Child, Youth and Family program at the University of Guelph. She currently tutors french to students in grades 1-4, as a part-time job. Laurissa has grown up in the St.Andrew's Guelph church community. She is a daughter of Barb and Joe Di Ilio and granddaughter of Maureen and Rev. Dr. Bob Spencer. Laurissa accepted the contract position of Director of Youth and Children's Ministries at St. Andrews, from August 29th, 2016 to June 30, 2018.
PHOTO Fred Gingrich
Fred Gingrich,
Director of Music
Fred studied organ with Jan Overduin at Wilfrid Laurier University, graduating in 1983 with a Bachelor of Music degree specializing in the Honours Church Music programme. In 1989, he completed the Associate exam with The Royal Canadian College of Organists.

Fred has been involved with the music programme in various churches including Woodside Bible Fellowship, Elmira; St. John's Anglican, Kitchener; Olivet United, Kitchener; and St. John's Anglican, Elora.
Also Fred has sung in choirs including the W.L.U. Chapel Choir, Elora Festival Chorus and Menno Singers.
In September, 1995, Fred arrived at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Guelph, as Organist along with Gordon Burnett as Choir Director. Upon Gordon's resignation in 1999, Fred added the duties of Choir Director to his existing one of Organist in September, 1999.
Residing in Elmira, Ontario, Fred enjoys hiking, biking and gardening. He co-owns and operates Brubacher Shoes Ltd., Elmira, and is the Treasurer for the Waterloo-Wellington Chapter of The Royal Canadian College of Organists.
Shainna Shainna Poulin,
Church Office Administrator
I was born in Guelph and have lived here all my life. Having attended Sacred Heart and Bishop MacDonnell Catholic schools, and through being a parishioner of The Church Of Our Lady throughout my life, I have developed a profound faith in Christ. My husband Sean and I met in elementary school, grew up together and have always attended the same churches. We have two kids, Austin and Logan, who keep us very busy! They are my greatest blessing.
I studied human services in college and have always known I would work with people. Having this desire to support others and continue to grow in my faith, I found myself at St. Andrew's in 2011.
I love every second of it! St. Andrew's is a very supportive and welcoming community, and I feel honoured and very blessed to be a part of such a wonderful church.
Craig Craig Clack,
Darlene LePage Darlene LePage,

Dave Lilley, Custodian

Board of Managers
Chair: Virginia Gillham
Meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month, except during July and August (unless for a special meeting at the call of the Chair).
A committee of the congregation, elected at the annual congregational meeting with responsibility for the finance and property of the congregation. Its meetings and membership are open to both members and adherents of the congregation.
• Link to webpage: list of the current Board of Managers
• View and download a PDF file: list of the current Board of M


Clerk of Session: Nancy Nicol
Meets monthly on the third Tuesday of the month, except during July and August (unless for a special meeting).
The Session, composed of the minister (teaching elder) along with the ruling elders, is responsible to Presbytery for the good order and discipline of the congregation, including worship, education, mission, membership, use of property, sacraments and pastoral care. All individuals and organizations within the congregation are subject to the authority of the Session whose meetings and records are closed to all except elders.
• View the pdf file of Session members
Terms of Service and Responsibilities


Committees and Groups, and Other Contacts
Volunteers from the congregation assist by actively leading and participating in all of St. Andrew's events and activities, including the worship service.
Please contact the St. Andrew's church office if you'd like to speak with a group or committee leader.

Pastoral emergencies can be dealt with by:
Calling your Connector or calling the Church Office
519.822.4772 and leaving a message (checked daily)
Chair, Board of Managers Virginia Gillham
Clerk of Session Nancy Nicol
Communion Preparation Nancy Nicol
Committees Contacts
Archives Committee Bill McKinnie
Congregational Care Team Anne Pennock
Human Resources Management Committee (HR) Nicki Groenewegen
Library Virginia Gillham
Music and Worship Fred Gingrich
Nursery Kate Borthwick
Mission and Outreach Coordinating Committee (MOCC) Rick McRonald
Stewardship Janet Dalgleish
Welcome Anne Pennock
Ushering Church Office
Fellowship and Social Contacts
Women's Missionary Society Catharine Johnston
Thursday Bible Study Rev. John Borthwick
Women's Drop-In Sharon Duff and Marnie Kerr
Dinner Book Club Church Office and Rev. John Borthwick
Education Opportunities & Conferences Clarence Swanton
Prayers and Blessings Sheilagh McKinnie

St. Andrew's Information Brochure / Committee Contacts

To download the brochure, click here.

Attention Committees and Teams
Click here to download and complete the MSWord file of the Form for Committee/Team Report to Session and Board. Use the forms to note:

1. Responses to SESSION requests
2. Recommendations to SESSION
3. Information SESSION needs to know
4. Items SESSION needs to act on
1. Information the BOARD needs to know
2. Requests to the BOARD
3. Items for the BOARD that require feedback

Forms can be printed, completed and submitted as hard copy — or —
the Word file can be downloaded, completed and then emailed to St. Andrew's.

Click here to download the MSWord file of the Form for Session Action Planning Worksheet (can be modified for committee use).

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