St. Andrew’s United Church, Burnstown has been the spiritual and cultural lifeblood of the community for nearly 170 years. Generations have come to meet and worship together since 1849. The church is situated in the heart of the hamlet of Burnstown in the Ottawa Valley along the historic Madawaska River. It is part of the White Lake Pastoral Charge, sharing our minister Rev. Ryan Kim with two other churches, White Lake and Calabogie. Although our congregation is small, it is fittingly known as the “little church with big heart.”
Rev. Ryan Kim
“I became a minister after I was inspired in Korea by the missionaries. I want to pay back what my family received from the Canadian missionaries.”
This is the why Rev. Ryan Kim came to be our ordained minister serving the White Lake Pastoral charge. “The people of our three churches in Calabogie, Burnstown and White Lake are so open and welcoming. I love the people here. I am so thankful to be a part of this country.”
Rev. Kim was born in 1974 in a Christian family in Seoul, the capital of the Republic of South Korea. As a requirement of the compulsory military service, Rev. Kim served in the Korean navy on a ship and on land. In 1998, he moved to South Africa as a missionary taking care of Sunday School and daycare centre. He attended the University of Stellenbosch near Cape Town and he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in theology. Here at this university, Ryan met his wife, Esther, also a theology student.
In 2002, the couple moved to Toronto where Ryan studied for four years at the theological Knox College of the University of Toronto. They moved back to South Africa to the city of Bloemfontein to do missionary work in the so-called Black Townships. In 2010, they were back again in Canada, working first as an administrator and pastoral education minister for Alpha Korean United Church in Toronto and then three years as minister at Argyle Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbytery of London, Ontario.
Rev. Ryan and Esther live in the Town of Renfrew with their teenaged daughters, Ruth and Hannah who often provide special classical music at the three churches in our Pastoral Charge.