About Our Pastor

Pastor Kim grew up in Stoney Creek, Ontario. He was raised in the Anglican Church where he was baptized and confirmed in the faith. As a teenager he began attending Wesley United Church in Fruitland, Ontario with some friends who were part of the youth group in that congregation. It was there that he came to understand what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It was also there, as a teenager, that he reaffirmed his faith in Christ and first began to consider a vocation in ministry.

He did his undergraduate work at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario from 1974 to 1978. After earning an Honour Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1978 he worked for a number of years as an accountant.

While attending McMaster, he worshipped at Binkley United Church. It was there, through the Young Adult Fellowship that he experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It was also where he met Ruth Wiseman who would later become his life partner and help mate.

In 1983, Pastor Kim left the business world and enrolled at Emmanuel College in Toronto, Ontario. He completed his Masters of Divinity degree in 1987 and was ordained later that spring as a minister in the United Church of Canada.

Ruth and Kim were married in 1985. After ordination in 1987, they were settled by the church in the two point charge of McAuley, Manitoba and Welwyn, Saskatchewan. They continue to have many fond memories of their years there where they first understood what it meant to be a family in ministry.

In June 1990, they accepted a call to another two point charge in Espanola and Webbwood, Ontario. They had fourteen wonderful years of ministry in Northern Ontario before accepting a call to Cottam United Church in 2004.

During all of those years, Ruth and Kim were blessed with the birth of four amazing children: Andrew, John, Stephen and Rebekah.

Pastor Kim also has a number of other interests. He spent 31 years as a Canadian Armed Forces Reserve Chaplain, retiring in May 2015. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br 201, the Essex Ministerial and Cruxifusion.

In his spare time he is a dedicated gym rat. He enjoys working out on a daily basis. He is an avid runner who competes in races on a regular basis. He has also competed in body building competitions. As a spectator, he is a dedicated fan of the Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. When relaxing, he is often found playing piano or guitar, reading or tending his garden.

Life continues to be a journey of discovery. God is good and God is gracious. He is excited to see what God has in store for him around the next corner.


Sunday Worship Service: 9:30am
Nursery & Sunday School
Pastor: The Rev. Kim Gilliland
Hearing assistance Handicap accessible