About Us

 

Who we are

When Martha and Andrew Gage donated the land for Knox Presbyterian Church in 1845, the site was in what was then known as Wellington Square. A small, wooden frame church building was erected at the corner of Elizabeth and James streets and it served the needs of those early worshippers. By 1876, that little frame church was bursting at the seams, and the decision was made that a larger church was needed. And so, just three years after Burlington was incorporated as a village, the cornerstone was laid for a new church building.

That building and its congregation serves the community in the heart of the city. The original church, today known as the Bell Tower Room, still stands, surviving as one of the oldest buildings in Burlington. While the Bell Tower Room is unique, there are important elements of the 1876 building, including the stained glass windows in the sanctuary, a gift from John Waldie, an elder and leading politician of his era.

For over 170 years, Knox has served as a beacon for those seeking the Lord and for those who wish to worship and serve Him in the heart of Burlington and beyond. 

What we believe

Knox is a proud member of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, which has its roots in the Church of Scotland. Beyond that, our beliefs and customs stem from the Protestant Reformation 700 years ago. For more information, please go to the Presbyterian Church in Canada’s web site

How we work

In the tradition of Presbyterianism, Knox is managed by a group of elders who are elected by the congregation. These men and women meet monthly as the Session and are convened by the Moderator, the Rev. Emma Duncan. Under the guidance of Session, Knox has a Board of Managers that is responsible for our finances and maintenance of the church. The life and ministry of the congregation is managed by committees, including Congregational Life, Christian Nurture, Leading with Care, Mission and Outreach, and Worship. We also have a pastoral care team that visits people in hospital and nursing homes. Trustees manage the investments of the congregation. 

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