We are a caring Christian community in the heart of Ayr. For the last century, those who have called Christ Church home have witnessed to God’s faithfulness amid our community’s ups and downs.
In 1912, the Ayr community pulled together to help build the church, without an architect and with cement blocks they formed themselves. This deep investment in our community and a desire to be good neighbours continues to shape the culture of Christ Church because we trust that we experience God’s forgiveness and love most fully in community.
Christ Church is a Christian community in the Anglican tradition. Accordingly, our life together centers on a prayerful, embodied witness to the good news of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection. Receiving this good news as we read the story of God and Israel in Scripture and celebrate Communion, we are freed to live by God’s grace in the rest of our lives. Find more on the Anglican tradition here.
Mission Statement: “Christ Church is a caring community that seeks to live in Christ and share His love by equipping people to be His disciples and by nurturing spiritual life and God given gifts.”
Fr. Joel Steiner
After working in social work and community development, I felt called to the ministry and began my training for the priesthood in 2013. I studied at Wycliffe College in Toronto, and had the opportunity to work in children and family ministry during that time. After being ordained in 2018, I had the joy of joining Christ Church and our sister church, Holy Trinity, Kitchener. My wife, Kate Steiner, is a music history professor at the University of Waterloo, and we have two kids: Agnes and Emmanuel.
Dn. Fred Walther
I have been working in the computer software industry for over 25 years while raising my 3 children along with my wife of 40 years, Marg. We have been residents of Ayr for 30 years and have been attending Christ Church for nearly as long. About 20 years ago I sensed God telling me that I should be involved in ministry. I tried to ignore this call, but God is persistent. In 2015 I was ordained a Deacon, and I serve at Christ Church, leading Morning Prayer services and preaching once a month. I am also involved with our community outreach group, Neighbours Helping Neighbours.