WHO We Are

We are Glen Cairn United.

We are called by God to be a welcoming church where we respect differences and build Christian community as we learn, grow, celebrate, and reach out in faith.

Reverend Laurie McKnight


Laurie has been both blessed and challenged in serving in ministry for the United Church since 1983, for the first fifteen years as a Diaconal Minister and then later when she was Ordained in 1997.  Her academic training included included a BA from Queen’s, Diploma from the Centre for Christians Studies (82), Masters in Education in Community Development and Counselling (OISE) (86), Masters of Divinity from Queen’s Theological College (96) Mediation Certification as well as certification for Intentional Interim Ministry and Educational Supervision.

Laurie has served 5 Pastoral Charges in both rural and urban settings throughout Ontario- Walter’s Falls PC, Winchester PC, Beachburg PC, Queen St UC, Kingston, St Paul’s-Eastern UC, Ottawa.  She served St Paul’s-Eastern (located in Sandy Hill) from 2009 til her retirement in 2020. They had discerned over several years that it was time to close the church in 2021 as the neighbourhood had changed dramatically. The church members now bring their gifts to bless new congregations. It is now owned by the United Church of Canada.

Since retirement, Laurie served MacKay United for three months covering a sabbatical, then served Centretown United Church May 2022- May 2023 in a part-time appointment, and St Paul’s United in Richmond for December 2023.

Laurie finds renewal in flower and vegetable gardening, singing with church choirs, being active in the Nepean Community Choir, the Movati Health Club, cross country skiing, swimming, knitting, studying guitar and piano, reading.  Sharing cottage life in Norway Bay, QC with her husband Grant is a highlight of her life, watching him repair and sell bicycles, repurpose found objects and tending her gardens there as well as at home. Retirement allows more time to enjoy her grandchildren, Izzy (4) and Winn (7), children of daughter Jessica and Micah Garten and visiting her son Luke Walker who lives in Kitchener.  She also regularly visits her mother Winn (age 100) who is still active in Kingston, On, Laurie’s hometown.

Life continues to be rich and full of surprises and many blessings as she listens for God’s call to serve in the church and the wider community. She is looking forward to sharing life with Glen Cairn over the summer months.

Reverend Elaine Beattie


In July 2019 I joined Glen Cairn United Church (GCUC ) as the minister of Word Sacrament and Pastoral Care. 

I am married to Harry Price and together we have a grown family of five children and four grandchildren. We are proud parents to our fur baby “Missy” who is a Corgi -Poodle cross.

I was born in a small town called Dumfries, in the south west of Scotland and emigrated to Montreal, Canada 30 years ago. Some say I have an accent; however I say “that everyone sounds like me where I come from and so I do  not … really ... have an accent”. 

I began my professional career as a Registered Nurse in Glasgow, Scotland. 

I studied for the Ministry at McGill University in Montreal, Ordained in 2007 and settled in Williamsburg Pastoral Charge. I then served the Manotick Pastoral charge before joining Glen Cairn United. 

I am a committed life time learner. I studied Spiritual Direction with Ontario Jubilee a and I am currently pursuing a certificate in palliative care and following a program in Celtic spirituality.  

I am passionate about worship, pastoral care and how we express and experience  our spirituality. I’m especially interested in spiritual care and care of the dying and bereaved. 

I have always been very involved in the larger church and have been a commissioner to three General Councils, was the past and final president of the Montreal and Ottawa Conference and currently serve on the Eastern Ontario Outaouais Regional Council Executive and chair the Region’s Vision and Transformation Leadership Team. I have held various other positions in the larger church. 

In my spare time, I can be found at the local gym working out and lifting weights. In my quieter moments, I enjoy reading a good book, knitting or simply enjoying the peace and quiet of Gods beautiful creation.  

I  am excited to join GCUC and am blessed to be with you. I look forward to sharing Gods love together for a long time to come.

SCOTT Auchinleck

Music Director


Ruth Winter

Office administrator and bookkeeper


andrea Clarke

Office administrator


Volunteer Associate Ministers