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The Rev. George Robertson

The Rev. George RobertsonGeorge was born and raised in Fergus, ON. Baptized in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Fergus, George was blessed from an early age with the example of life and teaching of family and friends who were gospel centered.

Following his graduation from the University of Guelph with a BA in History/Politics, George headed for Thailand to work for 4 months with the Overseas Missionary Fellowship (formerly the China Inland Mission). On his return he followed the call to "go west" and studied at Briercrest Bible Institute for one year. Moving still further west, George enrolled the following year at Regent College (a graduate Christian college) on the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver, BC.

In his first year at Regent, George boarded with the family of the Rev. Dr. Ian Rennie, Professor of Church History and a Presbyterian minister. So began a decades long friendship with Ian and his late wife Lee that has helped to shape his ministry and leadership in the church.

At Regent, George met and subsequently married a fellow student, his lovely wife Jan, who had come to Regent after teaching in the public elementary school system in Ontario. They married in August 1975 and have been blessed with three children. Keith lives and has worked in the United Kingdom for 11 years (last 8 years in Glasgow). Megan, married to Mike, lives in Waterloo with two beautiful daughters - Naomi and Rachel. Katie, married to Tyler, also lives in Waterloo.

Following studies at Regent, George went to work with the Bank of Montreal in Vancouver as a Branch Administration Manager. Within that year, affirmed by the counsel and support of many people and with a personal sense of God's call, George left the bank to continue his theological studies at Knox College, Toronto. Graduating in 1979 following two years of studies, George was appointed by the Board of World Mission to church extension work in the congregation of Glenbrook, Mississauga.

After 7 years, George responded to God's call to Cheyne, Stoney Creek where he served for 9 years. The next 10 years of ministry were spent serving on the staff team of Crossfire Assembly, a downtown Hamilton congregation.

With great delight and a real sense of privilege George responded to the call of Knox, Waterdown in March 2005 where he has served for the last 7 years. On the day of his induction - Palm Sunday afternoon - the Moderator of Presbytery, the Rev. Bob Geddes, inducted George as the pastor of Knox. Bob had been on the elder leadership team while George was the pastor of Glenbrook, Mississauga.

During the last year, George has hosted a monthly morning of prayer at Knox Church for pastors in the Presbytery. The time has been significant in his own spiritual life in experiencing the gracious and good favour of God expressed through the prayers and love of his brothers and sisters in Christ. Drawing on the strength God has given him in these spiritually meaningful times of life sharing and prayer, George is hopeful of building on the leadership given by our past moderator, the Rev. Tom Billard, in the important place of faith and prayer in the meetings and life of the Presbytery and its congregations.