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    • 978-1-5255-8398-8
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    • Black & White interior
    • 234 pages
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  • Keywords
    • Canadian Church History,
    • Presbyterian Church,
    • Church Ministry,
    • Student Ministry,
    • Christian Faith,
    • Biblical Christianity,
    • Christian Outreach

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A Presbyterian Requiem
A Canadian Pastor Reflects on 50 Years of Ministry
by A. Donald MacLeod

This memoir recounts six appointments over a half century of Christian ministry.The author, Don MacLeod, has seen the Presbyterian Church in Canada go through some major challenges, as Canadian society is changing. He was accepted as a candidate for ministry in 1955, as the Church responded to a Post-World War II surge in religious interest. As a minister ordained in 1963, in Nova Scotia, he developed a warm affection for the Church in rural Canada. In 1967, moving to suburban Toronto, he founded a church committed to gospel ministry. He went on to work ecumenically with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and then as national director of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. Returning to parish ministry, he served two urban historic congregations: Knox, in downtown Toronto, ON, as associate pastor, and Newton Presbyterian Church in Boston, MA, where he served the Maritime diaspora. He returned to Canada in 1997, to a denomination in decline, and retired eight years later. In this book he reflects from his experiences in ministry with faith and conviction, as his Church faces an uncertain future.

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A. Donald MacLeod is a retired minister of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. An Honours History graduate of McGill University, Montreal, QC, he has an AM from Harvard Graduate School (Woodrow Wilson Fellow). He's a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, from which he also has an honourary doctorate, as well as one from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has been President of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and General Director of the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada. From 1997-2019 he was an adjunct faculty member at Tyndale Theological Seminary, Toronto, ON, where he taught missions and church history with his wife, Judith, a graduate of Oxford University and Gordon-Conwell Seminary. The MacLeods have two sons, Alex, a minister in Guelph, ON, Canada, and Kenneth, co-founder and CEO of Aladdin Educational Software company in Dublin, Ireland. The MacLeods have made their home on the shores of Brighton Bay, since 1997.


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