The Rev. Dr. Hugh Farquhar

Sessional Instructor



B.A. (Dalhousie)
M.Div (Pine Hill Divinity Hall)
S.T.M. (Andover-Newton Theological School)
M.Th. (University of Aberdeen)
D.Min. (Graduate Theological Foundation)

Other appointments

Minister Emeritus, St. Paul’s United Church, Riverview, NB

Personal statement

A young professor was discouraged about some of his students and said to the President of the University, “You know, sir, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” The wise President responded: “Young man, it is not your job to make him drink. It’s your job to make him thirsty.” I think the President’s response is a good definition of teaching.

Courses taught (Adult Education Certificate in Theological Studies Program)

  • Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures
  • Introduction to the Christian Scriptures 

Research interests

  • Lament in the Bible and the contemporary Church
  • Johannine literature
  • Self-Care in Ministry

Current projects

  • Book containing my five years of blogs on Clergy Self-Care
  • Research on lament in the Bible and in contemporary spirituality

Representative publications

  • Books of homilies: A Ray of Hope; Once Upon A Time; Birthing A Blessing
  • With Alex Farquhar: A Special Bond (sermons and reflections on ministry)

Previous positions

  • Tabusintac Pastoral Charge, Tabusintac, NB (1964-67)
  • Trinity United Church, Summerside, PEI (1968-71)
  • Pictou United Church, Pictou, NS (1971-81)
  • St. Paul’s United Church, Riverview, NB (1981-2000)
  • Teaching, writing, supply ministry, mentoring (2000-present)


  • Coordinating Committee, Sexual Harassment & Sexual Abuse of Maritime Conference, The United Church of Canada
  • Sexual Harassment and Abuse Consultant, The United Church of Canada
  • Charter Member and Executive Secretary, Summerside Council of Churches
  • Secretary, Prince Edward Island Presbytery
  • Chair, Riverview Ministerial Association
  • Member of Pastoral Care Staff, Moncton City Hospital
  • Member of Pastoral Care Staff, Lakeview Manor
  • Chair, Lay Preachers-In-Training Committee, Chignecto Presbytery
  • Past Chair, Chignecto Presbytery Pastoral Relations Committee
  • Past Chair, Maritime Conference Education & Students Committee
  • Past Chair, Maritime Conference Division of Ministry, Personnel & Education
  • Past Chair, Maritime Conference Support Group for persons experiencing Sexual Harassment
  • Member, Maritime Conference Task Group on Women & Men In Church & Society
  • Member, Division of Ministry, Personnel & Education, The United Church of Canada
  • Treasurer, Albert County Christmas Aid
  • Member, Atlantic School of Theology Senate
  • Member, Pine Hill Board of Governors
  • Member, Pine Hill Advisory Board
  • Secretary, Pine Hill Alumni Association