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James A. Beairsto

James Beairsto came to St. John’s Minster from a parish in Ponoka, Alberta with his wife Lillian and three (later four) children.  He served as Rector here from December 1960 to January 1972.

Among the highlights of his time here were:

  1. Expanding the outreach to Aboriginal peoples
  2. Participating in the extensive celebrations of Lloydminster and St. John’s Minster Diamond Jubilee in 1963.
  3. The restoration and re-dedication of the original log church as “The Old Minster” in 1963.
  4. The purchase of a new pipe organ,
  5. The merger of the Northminster Parish into the parish of St. John’s Minster in 1971

Rev. Beairsto left Lloydminster for the Big Country Parish centred on Kindersley, Saskatchewan.  Later he was in Lumsden, SK.


Right: Rev. Beairsto (standing at lectern, near right front of church) presiding at the rededication of the Old Minster - June 2, 1963