On Sunday, November 12, the Lead Minister Search Committee distributed the name and biography of the lead minister candidate: Rev. Harry Currie.

There will be a chance to meet Rev. Currie at Grace on Saturday, November 25, and on the following day, Sunday, November 26, he will be preaching for a call. On Sunday, December 3, Grace will hold a congregational meeting immediately following worship, where the congregation can vote whether or not to extend a call. Please plan to attend all three days.

If you haven’t had a chance to read Harry’s bio, we’ve included a copy below.

Rev. Harry Currie

Candidate for Lead Minister, Vision and Worship

Rev. Harry Currie was ordained in 1983 after obtaining his M.Div. from Knox College. Prior to receiving his M.Div. he had received a B. Sc. and a B. Ed. from Mt. Allison University. He is married with four children and two grandchildren.

As was the practice at the time, following his ordination Harry was posted for two years to a small town church, his posting was to St. Andrew’s in Armstrong, B.C. where he served from 1983 to 1985. Next, he spent eight years in Ontario, three in Waterloo Presbytery, at St. Andrew’s, Arthur/Gordonville, and five in Pickering Presbytery at St. Luke’s, Oshawa. He followed that with a six-year stint in Saskatchewan in the Presbytery of Assiniboia at Knox, Yorkton where he was also the RCMP Chaplain. He returned to PEI for family reasons in 1999 and was the minister at Summerside in the Presbytery of PEI for four years. He moved back west to Edmonton in 2003 and has been the minister at First Presbyterian since then.

Harry’s “extracurricular” activities include Synod Youth Advisor to the Synod of Toronto Kingston from 1988 to 2003, Clerk of Presbytery, Edmonton – Lakeland from 2003 to present and the aforementioned RCMP Chaplain, Yorkton subdivision from 1997 to 1999. He is also a Certified Spiritual Director (since 2008) and has been a Workshop Leader and Speaker for Youth Trienniums, Three Synods and the Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators. Harry has several years experience as a soccer and basketball coach.

Harry has a wonderful sense of humour and a deep but easy spirituality that impressed all members of the search committee who met with him. He believes that creating a comfortable, welcoming place to practice one’s spirituality that is full of love and with a sense of inclusion is the foundation of a thriving congregation. He believes that church should make the grace of Jesus Christ come alive in people. “Jesus is not about after we die but about how we live.”

Some comments from Harry’s references were: “He is a well-informed ‘vision caster’ rather than a micromanager,” “Without doubt, Harry is a visionary thinker and a leader,” “Harry has preached some sermons that have been among the best I’ve ever heard,” “I believe preaching is one of Harry’s key talents.”

More information

If you’re curious about this whole process, we have a couple of blog posts that might be of interest.

  1. You can read the position description for the Lead Minister, Vision and Worship, and the Congregational Profile here: www.gracechurchcalgary.com/minister-search-refresher/
  2. A brief overview of the call process is available here: www.gracechurchcalgary.com/understanding-call-process/