|The Very Reverend|
|41st Moderator of the United Church of Canada|
Paterson on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014
|Church||United Church of Canada|
|In office||August 18, 2012 - August 13, 2015|
1949 (age 66–67)|
Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
University of British Columbia|
Andover Newton Theological School
Vancouver School of Theology
Gary J. Paterson (born 1949) was the Moderator of the United Church of Canada from 2012–2015. He is the first openly gay person to take the post since the church was formed in 1925 and the first in the world to lead a major Christian denomination. He was elected to the position on August 16, 2012, at the 41st General Council of the church after six ballots, and was installed as Moderator two days later.
He earned two degrees in English literature and became a sessional lecturer at University of British Columbia. He then studied theology in Boston and the Vancouver School of Theology before being ordained by the United Church of Canada in 1977.
Paterson served as minister at several rural and urban churches, became a staff member of the British Columbia Conference of the United Church, then served as minister at three churches in Vancouver: Ryerson United Church, First United Church, and his current church, St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church, where he is Lead Minister.
Paterson currently lives in Vancouver with his spouse, Tim Stevenson, a Vancouver city councillor who, in 1992, was the first openly gay person to be ordained by the United Church. Paterson has three children from a previous marriage.
- "United Church Elects New Moderator" (Press release). United Church of Canada. 2012-08-17. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
- "United Church of Canada elects first openly gay moderator". Ottawa Citizen. 2012-08-16. Retrieved 2012-08-16.
- Rev. Gary Paterson: Biographical Sketch (PDF), United Church of Canada, 2012-08-10, retrieved 2012-08-17
- "St. Andrews Notes & Announcements: Honorary Doctorates". St. Andrews United Church. 2012-08-17. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
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