SACKVILLE, N.B. – Longtime minister, Rev. Wayne Austin McCarther, was recognized recently for 55 years of ministry by the Maritime Conference of the United Church Canada.
McCarther, who lives in Amherst, has also been the minister at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church in Springhill for eight years.
McCarther was born in Maccan in 1939, the eldest son of the late Henry and Laura (Mattatall) McCarther. He graduated from River Hebert Rural High School in 1957 and received a bachelor of arts degree from Mount Allison University in 1961 as well as a master of divinity from Pine Hill Divinity Hall in Halifax in 1963.
He was ordained to the Ministry of Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care by the Maritime Conference of the United Church of Canada in June 1963 and was palced on the St. Ann’s Pastoral Charge in Cape Breton.
In July 1964, he married the love of his life, Carolyn Janet Morse, and then served the St. Andrew’s United Church in Sydney, Knox United Church in Glace Bay, St. Paul’s United Church in Riverview and Sackville United Church in New Brunswick.
McCarther was named the district director and CEO of the Nova Scotia District of the Canadian Bible Society in 1994 and served until 2009, when he retired after 46 very successful years of ministry.
Just 20 months later, he came out of retirement to become minister of St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church.
In 2008, McCarther and his wife build a new home in Amherst. They have two daughters, Angela (Steven Locke), Allison (Scott Richardson) and grandchildren Shannon, Matthew and Lauren Locke; and David, Noah and Grace Richardson.
He also remembers his faithful Boxer dogs Tammy, Heidi, Penny, Daisy and Brindy, who were were his faithful companions for more than 40 years.
McCarther was named alumnus of the year by Pine Hill Divinity in 2009 and in 2011 received his 50-year jewel as a member of the Masonic fraternity. He is also a 32nd degree member of the Scottish Rite Fraternity.
On the occasion of his 50th anniversary in the ministry, he published One Glorious Ministry and looking back at his years of service he says he wouldn’t change a thing.