First Metropolitan formally inducted Rev. Dr. Allan Saunders and Megumi Matsuo Saunders to the honourary position of Ministers Emeriti during the 11 a.m. service Sept. 22.
The Board of First Met approved the appointment earlier this year in recognition of their long service to the congregation. Allan and Megumi came to First Met in 1999, shortly after amalgamation of the two founding churches, and retired in 2016 - Allan as Lead Minister and Megumi as Minister of Children, Youth, Young Adults and Families.
The service featured special music and guest preacher Rev. Dr. Chris Levan from Salt Spring United Church, a former college classmate of Allan. Board Chair Edeana Malcolm said of the Saunders: “You have have been distinguished leaders and faithful shepherds; our congregation has been significantly and permanently blessed because of your ministry. The life of the Church is richer and fuller because we had you working among us."
Megumi, Allan and Rev. Shelagh MacKinnon
Sunday School presentation to Megumi
Rev. Dr. Chris Levan preaching
The official cake, yummy lemon enjoyed by all
Allan and Megumi with the cake
(Photos: Joan Mason, Moira Nasim, Emily MacDonald)