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ECM's story

Ecumenical campus ministry has been an important part of campus life at UofG since 1968, when Rev. Ritchie McMurray was hired by the Anglican and United Church as the university's first full-time chaplain. But the legacy of our partner traditions goes back well beyond that. Since the very first dreams for the Ontario Agricultural College, our traditions have helped shape, inform, and nurture this campus as a place of learning and whole person development. 

Among those who have shepherded this campus community are:

Rev. William F. Clarke (top left), the local Congregationalist minister who helped found OAC and served as the college's first Rector in the 1870's.

Padre William Young (top right), the Presbyterian minister who held worship services in War Memorial Hall in the years after WW2.

Ecumenical Chaplains at UofG:

Rev. Ritchie McMurray - 1968-1983 (middle left)

Rev. Dorothy Barker - 1983-1990

Rev. David Howells & Rev. Lucy Reid - 1990-1993

Rev. Lucy Reid - 1993-2008 (middle right)

Rev. Margot Feyerer - 2008-2011 (bottom left)

Rev. Marty Molengraaf - 2011-2015 (bottom right)

Mr. Andrew Hyde - 2015-present

We are so thankful for the legacy of service, dedication, vision and faith that we have inherited from these (and many other) Christian leaders - and for all the ways our partner traditions have faithfully poured into the lives of students here at the University of Guelph.

Some glimpses from yesterday...

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