The Rev. Dr. Waldo Edward Lovel Smith was a United Church minister, author, navy chaplain, professor, and church planter who is remembered fondly by former students, veterans, ministers, and parishioners. The ripples of his commitment can be felt today.

During World War 2, Waldo was granted a leave from his pastoral charge in Grafton, Ontario, to serve as chaplain in the 1st Canadian Armoured Brigade in Canada, England, and Italy. He was awarded the Military Cross for rescuing John Matheson in 1943 while serving in Italy. Waldo carried John from where he lay on the ground to a field hospital. John Matheson is the man who helped Canada choose the flag design we love today.

After the war, while teaching at Queen’s Theological College, Waldo used support grants to create many churches in the developing communities around Kingston, Ontario. One that is still a thriving congregation today is St. Andrew’s By-The-Lake United Church. Waldo formed the congregation in a nearby school in 1951. With support from the Missionary and Maintenance Fund (now Mission & Service), the church was created in its current location with student minister leadership until 1957, when it called its first full-time ordained minister.

We sing thanksgiving for the giving hearts of those who have answered the call to chaplaincy.

If Mission & Service is already a regular part of your giving, thank you so much! If you have not given for Mission & Service, please join me in making Mission & Service a regular part of your life of faith. In all our Mission & Service giving, with a willing heart, we sing thanksgiving to God!

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