About Us

A Brief History:

St Andrews Church has been serving the spiritual and pastoral needs of the greater Lane Cove community since 1902, and celebrated its Centenary in 2002.

St Andrews Presbyterian Church in Longueville began life in 1902 in a small wooden hall erected on the current site at the corner of Kenneth & Christina Streets. The present church building was opened in 1924.

In 1946, the Longueville-Northwood Music Club was inaugurated by the Minister of the day, Rev. Louis Blanchard. In 1970, it became the Lane Cove District Music Club, and continues to be a very active and successful organisation today, now operating as Lane Cove Music.

The War Memorial Hall was opened in 1961 (subsequently refurbished and extended in 2010), and the Kindergarten Hall was opened in 1967.

With the unification of the Congregational, Presbyterian & Methodist Churches in Australia in 1977, our church became known as St Andrews Uniting Church, Longueville.

Our Mission and our Vision:

Our Church, as the people of God and the body of Christ made livelier by His Spirit, is called to:

  • be a sign and instrument of communion with God, and of unity among all people
  • endeavour to expand its ministry and bring in the younger generation, whilst continuing to care for our present congregation
  • extend its mission into the wider community

We want our Church to be seen to be promoting the Kingdom of God on earth. It does this by proclaiming Christ, the Good News of God’s love for all people so that:

  • our Church is recognised as a visible and credible sign and instrument of communion with God and unity amongst all people, and
  • all members of the Church are recognised as working together to meet the spiritual and pastoral needs of God’s people

Our Minister – Rev. Dr. Krikor Youmshajekian

 Krikor is Armenian by birth, born in Beirut, Lebanon and nurtured in the Armenian Evangelical church. Upon completing his seminary training, he served for two years in two churches in Northern Syria. He then served for four years in the Armenian Evangelical Church of Ashrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon, where he was ordained in 1987. He accepted the challenging role of General Secretary in the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East. After running that office for over four years, he came to Australia in 1993 with his wife (Datevig) and son (Varak), to take on the role of Minister of the Word in the Willoughby Armenian Evangelical Uniting Church of Sydney. He served in that placement for over 17 years, and during this period he embarked on many ventures which were executed with great success. In 1996 his family was blessed with a daughter (Lori).

Krikor holds a BA degree from Haigazian University in Beirut, a Master of Divinity degree from the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, and Master of Ministry and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Charles Sturt University. He also found time to gain a Diploma of Management in 2011, and to become an Australian citizen.

He served as a Supply/Transition Minister at St Andrews Uniting Church, Longueville for almost 12 months before accepting the Call to become our full-time Minister in June, 2012.

Our Organisational Support:

Church Secretary – Christine Butters

Church Treasurer – Wendy Phelps

Elders – Ned Cholakyan, Ruth West, Juliana Edwards, Frank Knowles, Christine Butters,

Church Council – Elders (above), Penelope Goodley (Chairperson), Margaret Cant, Wendy Phelps, Virginia Knowles, Adrienne Cholakyan.