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St. Andrew’s by the Lake United Church
Kingston ON




The church is in the process of selecting its next full-time minister as Reverend Paterson, our minister of the past six years, has moved overseas.

Our interim minister is the Reverend Rienk Vlietstra.

Rienk was born in The Netherlands and came to Canada with his parents in 1953. He graduated from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto in Metallurgical Engineering and began working for Dofasco in Hamilton in 1966. In 1976 he and Susan were married, and in 1984 moved their family to Dunnville. At the end of 1993, Rienk retired from Dofasco and began training for the Ministry at Emmanuel College (back to Toronto), graduating in April of 1996. He trained to supervise Student Interns in 2007 and to become an Intentional Interim Minister in 2015.

Rienk has served seven congregations in four Pastoral Charges, retiring again in January of 2016. Rienk was previously on an Interim Appointment at Sydenham Street United in Kingston which ended on December 31. Rienk and Susan have five daughters and three grandchildren with one more on the way. Their family is spread from Ridgetown to Toronto and Ajax and back to Hanover in Ontario with one daughter, son-in-law and grand-daughter in San Jose, California.

Rienk describes his theology as “generative” – one that nurtures the presence of God’s life-giving Spirit in the here and now. He is called to nurture inclusive, progressive theological identity and understands working with congregations in transition.

Musical Director

Musical Director

Jill Mingo was born on the Isle of Man, and lived in Africa and Scotland. She has been in Kingston for thirty years. She holds ARCT Performer Diplomas in both piano and organ, and is a graduate of the M.Mus programme at the University of Toronto.

Since 2009, she has been Director of Music at St. Andrew’s By-The-Lake, where she enjoys working with the Choir and other musicians. New choir members are always welcome, and anyone who would like to sing with us can talk to Jill.


Office Administration

Fran Raven has worked mostly in service related positions, and likes working with people. 

She and her late husband started the first computerized graphic design bureau in Kingston in 1986. This graphic design and pre-press business, continues to operate.

Fran enjoys serving the Lord and his church at St. Andrew’s by-the-Lake.