Gary Paterson, Moderator of the United Church of Canada, Lead Minister, St. Andrews Wesley United Church
In August of 2012 Gary was elected as the Spiritual Leader of The United Church of Canada as its 41st Moderator. He is the first openly gay person in the world to become the head of any Christian mainline denomination. Gary and his spouse Tim have recently returned from Colombia and Cuba where they were asked by partner churches in those countries to lead workshops on the GLBTQ issues. Gary’s passions include speaking, social justice, creating inclusive communities, and multi-faith issues, topics on which he has had an impact on a national level. Later this year Gary will be returning to his Lead Minister role at St. Andrews Wesley United Church in Vancouver BC after his term as Moderator ends in August 2015.