A.E. Hetherington

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A.E. Hetherington

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  • Albert Edward Hetherington (Rev. Dr.)

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Albert Edward Hetherington was born in 1867 near Smith’s Falls, Ontario. He grew up in rural Manitoba and attended Wesley College – a Methodist College in Winnipeg – graduating in 1893 with a Bachelor of Arts. He undertook theological studies at Victoria College and, upon graduating with a Bachelor of Divinity, was ordained in 1898. The Methodist Church stationed him as assistant to the Rev. James Turner as a missionary to gold miners in Dawson City (then part of BC Conference). After three years in the north, he held several pastorates within BC, including one in Kamloops and three in Vancouver: Mount Pleasant, Trinity, and Chown. He served also as Superintendent of Central City Mission, and for two years was acting principal of Columbia College in New Westminster. He pursued further studies in Hebrew and religious education at the University of Chicago and at Harvard, earning a Master of Sacred Theology from Harvard. In 1919, he returned to Manitoba to become Secretary of Young People’s Work, and lecturer in religious education at Wesley College. By 1921, he had become a full professor and was also teaching Hebrew. The College awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1925. After Church Union, he served on the United Church’s Board of Religious Education. In his final year of life, he traveled to Egypt and Palestine. Hetherington married twice: first to Stella Alberta Swan, who died in 1903, and to Ethel Mae Sim in 1911. A.E. Hetherington died on December 18, 1928 in Winnipeg.


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