Senator PatersonThe Fund for Ministerial Assistance provides financial support to ministers and diaconal workers of The Presbyterian Church in Canada who meet the terms of the fund and who are at or near minimum stipend as set by the General Assembly.


The fund was established by a gift of one million dollars on February 8, 1951. In 1983, following the death of the donor one week after his 100th birthday, the fund was renamed the Norman M. Paterson Fund for Ministerial Assistance, as an expression of the church’s appreciation for the gift. Senator Paterson and his wife, Eleanor, maintained a life-long interest in the ministers of the church and their families and they hoped that their generosity might encourage the beneficence of others.

Gift Cycle

Gifts awarded to eligible applications are dispensed on a quarterly basis (January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1). Applications received between gift disbursals will be considered during the quarter that follows the date the application was received.

All applications are kept in confidence.

How to Apply

Ministers or Diaconal workers within The Presbyterian Church in Canada may secure an application by contacting Ian Ross-McDonald at 50 Wynford Drive, Toronto, ON M3C 1J7 or 1-800-619-7301 ext. 289.