My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.
Land was purchased in 1869 and the erection of a stone church was begun. It was not until 1873 that the building was completed. Previous to this, services were held in a local log building. The church was consecrated by Bishop John Travers Lewis in 1883. St. Paul's was destroyed by a fire in 1899 and while a new church was being constructed, the congregation worshipped in a building formerly used as a Methodist chapel. The second St. Paul's was consecrated by Bishop Charles Hamilton on June 25, 1901. Since 1970, Renfrew has been a single point parish; though it now shares a priest part time with the Parish of Emmanuel, Arnprior.
Our Parish Priest
Fr John Stopa is newly arrived in the Parish of St. Paul's Renfrew. He has also been appointed rector of Emmanuel Anglican Church, Arnprior. Prior to coming here, Fr John served the Parishes of Fitzroy Harbour, and the Northern Pontiac. He also spent some time doing supply ministry throughout the Diocese of Ottawa. Fr. John was ordained deacon on November 12, 2000 and ordained to the priesthood on February 24, 2001. He has studied Theology at Saint Paul University in Ottawa and also Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. He also holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Religion from Carleton University. In his spare time John enjoys movies and his dogs (Chihuahuas).
Our Organist & Choir Director
Joanne Longtin was born and raised in Renfrew. She graduated from St Joseph's High School. She continued her academic studies at Carleton University where she received a B.A.(hons) degree with a double major in music and sociology. She then did further studies in music under the direction of June Richards at Queens University where sheI received a grade 10 certificate in piano performance and a grade 8 certificate in organ performance. Joanne also hold a certificate in Service Playing from the Royal Canadian College of Organist She currently teaches private piano lessons and has been the organist at St Paul's Church for 10 years now.