Heffelfinger, Galen Gordon

Identity area

Type of entity

Person

Authorized form of name

Heffelfinger, Galen Gordon

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

  • Heffelfinger, Rev. G.G.

Identifiers for corporate bodies

Description area

Dates of existence

1893–1964

History

G.G. Heffelfinger was a Presbyterian and later United Church minister, whose Saskatchewan pastorates included Buchanan, Grenfell, Vanscoy, Melfort, Sixth Avenue United Church (Regina), and Watrous.

Born in Nebraska, Heffelfinger and his family moved to Drinkwater, Saskatchewan, in 1907. He attended the University of Saskatchewan, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1916. During the First World War, he served as a stretcher-bearer with the Canadian Medical Corps (12th Field Ambulance) overseas, and was awarded the Military Medal. After the war, Heffelfinger pursued theological training, at New College (Edinburgh) and St. Andrew's College (Saskatoon), and was ordained by the Presbyterian Church, in 1921. He married Jean Watkins, in 1922.

Heffelfinger served as minister in Buchanan, Saskatchewan, 1921–1924, and Fort William, Ontario, 1924–1929. He received his Bachelor of Divinity degree from United College (Winnipeg). Returning to Saskatchewan, he served in Grenfell, 1929–1933, Vanscoy, 1933–1934, Melfort, 1934–1936, and Oxbow, 1937–1942. After receiving a Bachelor of Education degree, he became Saskatchewan director for the Canadian Legion Educational Services.

After the Second World War, Heffelfinger served as minister at Sixth Avenue (later called St. John's) United Church, in Regina, 1946–1956, then at Atwood and Springfield (London Conference), in Ontario, until he retired, in 1962. Returning to Saskatchewan, he came out of retirement to serve as minister to Watrous, where he remained from 1962–1964.

Places

Saskatoon (ca.1919–1921), Buchanan, Sask. (1921–1924); Fort William, Ontario (1924–1929); Grenfell (1929–1933), Vanscoy (1933–1934), Melfort (1934–1936), Oxbow (1937–1942), Regina (1946–1956), Sask.; London, Ontario (1956–1962); Watrous, Sask. (1962–1964)

Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

Presbyterian minister (1921-1925); United Church minister (1925-1964).

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Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Relationships area

Related entity

United Church of Canada, Saskatchewan Conference (1925–2018)

Identifier of the related entity

SCAA-UCCS-0001

Category of the relationship

associative

Dates of the relationship

1929–1956, 1962–1964

Description of relationship

Minister

Related entity

Presbyterian Church in Canada, Synod of Saskatchewan (ca.1905–1925)

Identifier of the related entity

SCAA-UCCS-0003

Category of the relationship

associative

Dates of the relationship

ca.1921–1924

Description of relationship

Minister

Access points area

Occupations

Control area

Authority record identifier

SCAA-UCCS-0087

Institution identifier

SCNUCSC

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Status

Draft

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

2017-October: drafted for SAIN;
2017-November: revised

Language(s)

  • English

Script(s)

Sources

Obituary "Rev. Galen Gordon Heffelfinger," in United Church Saskatchewan Conference Records of Proceedings 1965, p.82.

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