Presbyterian Record

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Presbyterian Record
CategoriesChristianity
FrequencyMonthly
First issueJanuary 1876; 143 years ago (1876-01)
Final issueDecember 2016 (2016-12)
CompanyPresbyterian Record Inc.
CountryCanada
Based inToronto, Ontario
LanguageEnglish
Websitewww.presbyterianrecord.ca
ISSN0032-7573

The Presbyterian Record was a monthly periodical published by Presbyterian Record Inc. primarily for members of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. The magazine was published between January 1879 and January 2017. It was based in Hamilton, Ontario.[1]

History and profile[edit]

It was published monthly since January 1876, and served as the merger of The Presbyterian (1848–1875) of the Church of Scotland Canadian Synod, and the Home and Foreign Record of the Canada Presbyterian Church, (1861–1875) the latter coming from the 1861 merger of the Free Church and United Presbyterian Church of Canada's Canadian publications, The Ecclesiastical and missionary record for the Presbyterian Church of Canada (in connection with the Free Church of Scotland) (printed since 1844, under the leadership and Editorship of Rev. Alexander Gale, Rev. William Rintoul, Mr. John Burns and Rev. William Reid) and The Canadian Presbyterian magazine; especially devoted to the interests of the United Presbyterian Church.

In 2000, an independent corporation was created to publish the Presbyterian Record. In 2002, the board appointed of David Harris, a career journalist and Anglican priest, as publisher and editor.[2] In 1975, when the denomination numbered almost 172,000 members, the Record had a circulation of over 88,000. Since then, both membership and circulation have declined. By 2014, membership in the denomination had declined to 93,500 and circulation had fallen to 14,000.[3] In September, 2016, citing declining circulation mirroring declining membership of the denomination, the board of directors decided that the December 2016 issue would be the magazine's last.[4][5] In 2017 the denomination launched a quarterly newspaper called Presbyterian Connection and a monthly publication called PCConnect Monthly E-Newsletter. The electronic archives from 2005-2016 of the Presbyterian Record remains online.

Editors[edit]

  • James Croil, esq., 1876-1891 (formerly of The Presbyterian)
  • Rev. Dr. Ephraim Scott 1892-1926
  • Rev. William Rochester 1927-1945
  • Rev. Dr. John McNab 1946-1957
  • Rev. Dr. DeCourcy Rayner 1958-1977
  • Rev. Dr. James Ross Dickey 1978-1988
  • Rev. Dr. John Congram, 1988–2002
  • Rev. David Harris, 2002-2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Presbyterian Record Ceases Publication". MacNab Presbyterian Church. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  2. ^ "David Harris chosen new editor of the Presbyterian Record. (PCC News)". The Free Library.
  3. ^ THE ACTS AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE ONE HUNDRED AND FORTIETH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN CANADA WATERLOO, ONTARIO MAY 30TH – JUNE 2ND, 2014
  4. ^ "Goodbye to the Record". The Presbyterian Record. September 26, 2016.
  5. ^ "The Record to fold after 140 years". MastheadOnline. September 27, 2016.

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