47 Owen St. Barrie, ON

Our Minister

Our interim-Moderator is Rev. Dr. A.R.Neal Mathers B.A.,B.D.,D.Min. Neal was born, raised and educated in Scotland. He emigrated to Canada in 1977 and was ordained by The Presbytery of Northern Saskatchewan in August, 1977. He has served in the rural charge of Carragana-Sylvania Presbyterian Churches, and then in church extension at Circle West Presbyterian Church in Saskatoon.

In 1985 Neal became minister of the Duntroon Pastoral Charge in the Presbytery of Barrie and led the three congregations into an amalgamation to form Emmanuel Presbyterian Church. Under his leadership a new church building was erected. In 2011 Neal became Minister of St.Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in downtown Newmarket from where he retired in December. 2017 after 40 years of active ministry.

Neal has served The Presbyterian Church as Moderator of the Presbytery of Northern Saskatchewan, the Synod of Saskatchewan and the Presbytery of Barrie. He has also served several terms on the Assembly Council and the Life and Mission Agency and their committees. He has a particular interest and training in church growth, evangelism and worship renewal. His hobbies include golfing, travel, reading and writing. His first book “A Journal of Contemplative Prayer:One Hundred Prayers for Personal Devotion”, co-authored with Rev Dr. Katherine Burgess was published in August, 2018, and his second book “Prayers for Spiritual Growth:Praying the Spiritual Disciplines” will be available this summer.

On June 27 Neal will have been married to Debbie for 40 years. They have two daughters, Irene (John) and Sheena (Nick) and three granddaughters.

Rev. Dr. Mathers looks forward to his ministry among you as interim-Moderator and working with your Session and Search Committee.

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