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General Council of United Church of Canada

About General Council (Denominational Council)
General Conference (Denominational Council) is an administrative and service-delivery body of The National United Church of Canada. It provide staff, finances, advice, advocacy and programming resources to 16 regions, 3000+ congregations, thousands of ministry personnel and numerous service ministries across Canada.

General Council is the church's highest legislative court. Ordained, commissioned, and lay commissioners are elected by the Conferences and meet every three years to set church policy. An Executive and Sub-Executive govern between meetings of the council.

The Moderator is the elected (at General Council), presiding officer of the meetings of the General Council, its executive and its sub-executive.

      Biographical Statement
Ordained in 2007, the Rev. Dr. Lansdowne is only the second Indigenous person to be elected Moderator, following the Very Rev. Stan McKay, who served as Moderator 1992‒1994. A member of the Heiltsuk First Nation, she was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia, and has been a lifelong member of the United Church. She is committed to an Indigenous way of being in the world. . . .read more of the Moderator profile
Right Rev. Dr. Carmen Landsdowne      

General Council Moderator

Years Name
2022-2025 Rev. Dr. Carmen Landsowne
2018-2022 Rev. Dr. Richard Bott
2015-2018 Rev. Jordan Cantwell
2012-2015 Rev. Gary Paterson
2009-2012 Mardi Tindal
2006-2009 Rev. David Giuliano
2003-2006 Rev. Peter Short
2000-2003 Rev. Dr. Marion Pardy
1997-2000 Rev. Bill Phipps
1994-1997 Dr. Marion Best
1992-1994 Rev. Stan McKay
1990-1992 Rev. Walter H. Fargarson
1988-1990 Rev. Sang Chul Lee



Moderator of the United Church of Canada (Rt. Rev. Dr. Carmen Landsdowne)
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