Phillip Hewett has been minister emeritus since 1991; prior to that he was senior minister of the congregation for 35 years. Born in England, where he received the bulk of his education and training for the ministry, he holds the following degrees:
BA, Oxford University, 1949
MA, Oxford University, 1951
STM, Harvard University, 1953
STD (honoris causa), Starr King School for the Ministry, 1969
He served as assistant minister at the Unitarian Church of Montreal (1953-54) and as minister of the Ipswich Unitarian Congregation in England (1954-56) before coming to Vancouver in 1956 as parish minister. After his retirement in 1991, he served as interim minister at the Unitarian Church of Victoria (1991-92) and has had shorter-term appointments with the Unitarian fellowship in St Catharines, Ontario, Auckland, New Zealand and Adelaide, Australia.
He has travelled widely, visiting Unitarian movements in various parts of the world, ans been active in the International Association for Religious Freedom and the the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists, as well as holding responsible positions in the Canadian Unitarian Council and the Unitarian Universalist Association (which at that time included the whole of North America in its membership). In 1992 he was the recipient of the UUA’s Annual Award for Distinguished Service.
At a local level, he has been involved in many community organizations, particularly those working in interfaith relations, family services, education, peace, and environmental concerns. He and his wife Margaret, who died in 2006, have two children and four grandchildren. He is author of a number of books and other writings.