Queens Avenue United Church has a historic presence in the city of New Westminster. The congregation has a history of over 150 years in the area. Queens Avenue United Church is an active participant in the community and provides welcome to all who come through our doors.
No matter how great or little you feel your faith is, no matter if it is your first time coming to church, or you have been raised here, no matter what it is that you think keeps you from being welcomed, you are welcome here. It doesn’t matter what your skin colour, your culture, your race, your economic status, ability or differing ability, your sexual orientation or your gender identity, Queens Avenue United Church welcomes the diversity of all who come to find God and recognizes that it is God who welcomes us all to be part of God’s family.
Mission and Vision
Our Mission is to be faithful to the call of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit by creating a caring community.
Our roots go deep. The first service was held outdoors by the Fraser River on April 3,1859. A Wesleyan minister, Rev. Edward White, officiated. In 1860 the first church was built as part of the Central Methodist denomination and then a larger one replaced it in 1873. Tragically, in 1898, the great fire of New Westminster destroyed it. In 1899 a new church was built at the present site (the corner of Queens Avenue and 6th Street) and renamed Queens Avenue Methodist Church. In 1925 the Presbyterians, Congregationalists, and Methodists united and the church was renamed Queens Avenue United Church. In 1959 this church was replaced by the beautiful building we have today.
The design of our Sanctuary was inspired by Coventry Cathedral, and the architect was Will Wilding. The Sanctuary can seat approximately 600 persons and includes a balcony, two transepts and a choir loft. There is also a small multi-use Chapel, and entry is from inside the main church. Both the Chapel and the Church Sanctuary have recently been refurbished.
Some of our last lead ministers were:
- 1953 – 1962 Rev. W. Evan Fullerton
- 1962 – 1969 Rev. Dr. G.B. Switzer
- 1969 – 1973 Rev. Art Anderson
- 1973 – 1982 Rev. John Cashore
- 1975 – 1982 Rev. C.G. Raymont
- 1980 – 1986 Rev. Max Warne
- 1982 – 1994 Rev. George Morrison
- 1995 – 2004 Rev. David Ewart
- 2004 – 2005 Rev. Gabrielle Suedfeld
- 2005 – 2006 Rev. Doug Alexander
- 2006 – 2007 Rev. Robert Schoenhals
- 2007 – 2008 Rev. Shannon Tennant
- 2008 – 2009 Rev. Doug Alexander
- 2010 – 2012 Rev. Nathan Wright
- 2012 – 2014 Rev. Graham K. Brownmiller
- 2014 – 2019 Rev. Nathan Wright