RECTOR – The Rev’d. Mike Stewart
Mike+ is the Rector (lead pastor) of Saint Matthews. He trained at Saint John’s Theological College in Nottingham, UK, and was ordained deacon at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London in 1989. After being ordained as a priest in 1990, Mikes served as Curate at St. Pauls Ealing in West London for four years. Then for nine years he was the Vicar of St. Cuthbert’s North Wembley, London. Mike came to Saint Matthews as assistant priest in 2002 and was made rector in 2009. Mike has written two books, No Crowds Present, published in 2007, and Taking Prayer Seriously, published as a part of the Anglican Agenda Series. He is currently working on a third book tentatively titled What is this Thing Called Prayer?, based on the 2009 Lenten Series at Saint Matthews. Mike is married to Marianne and has five children: Naomi, Evangeline, Caleb Kezia, and Malachi. At heart Mike is a contemplative priest with a love for Jesus, a love for God’s people and a desire to help people to live continuously in God’s presence.
ASSOCIATE PRIEST - The Rev’d. David McElrea
David is a native Vancouverite and a graduate of Regent College. He came to Saint Matthews in August 2010. Before pursuing his degree, David spent twelve years on the mission field, serving in such diverse nations as Albania, Portugal, Kazakhstan, and the United Kingdom. David is married to Kjersti, who is originally from Norway, and has two children, Aidan and Emma. His life mission is to know God and to make him known, both in the Church and in the world, through Word and Sacrament.
PRIEST – The Rev’d. Dr. Ken Deeks
Ken+ is is the Dean of Christ College in Surrey, BC and has been an assisting priest at Saint Matthews since 2008. He is engaged in a ministry of speaking, teaching, disciple-making, and writing and frequently speaks at various ANiC parishes in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Ken was ordained to the deaconate in 2007, and to the priesthood in Easter 2008. Ken’s desire is to bring God joy by continually striving to be a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ, a loving companion to his wife Joan, a nurturing mentor to emerging leaders, and an effective teacher of God’s people.
DEACON - The Rev’d. Don Gardner
Don has lived in Abbotsford off and on since 1980 and has been a part of the Saint Matthews community since 1993. In the early 90′s he sensed Our Lord calling him to the vocational deaconate, an ordained ministry that includes serving in the Church while working in the community. He began the Education for Ministry program in 1996, finished his formal training in 2000, and was ordained shortly after. Don is married to Silvia, is a father of three, grandfather of three, and a great-grandfather of two. Don’s primary duties are assisting in leading Sunday worship, baptism preparation, and hospital visiting.
DEACON - The Rev’d. Bob Bailey
For many years Bob has been an active in church and para-church ministry and brings years of business experience and well established community roots to Saint Matthew’s He is currently fulfilling a long held goal in the MDiv programme at Regent College, UBC..
Carolyn and her family have been attending Saint Matthew’s since 1984. She said when she entered the church, she felt that she had come home. This is evident in her work as Parish Administrator since 1991 – a job she loves, working with people that she loves and for a saviour who loves us all.
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRY: Norma Kobald
Norma trained at University of British Columbia and graduated with a degree in music, with a major in organ in 1986. Since that time she has been passionate about worship, reading and taking various courses on the subject at Regent College, Vancouver BC. Norma is married to Mike and has two children. She seeks to glorify God and involve his people in all aspects of worship.
VERGER: Gordon MacKinnon
The Parish Council works with the rector and other clergy to give spiritual and administrative guidance to the parish.
The council is comprised of the four wardens (rector’s warden, deputy rector’s warden, people’s warden, and deputy people’s warden). Along with wardens, a secretary and treasurer, together with the rector, comprise the executive of parish council. This is like a council within the council, empowered to make financial and administrative decisions for the parish when the whole council is not able to meet.
Other members of council include two delegates to synod and two alternate delegates, a youth delegate to synod and an alternate delegate, and two members at large. Except for the rector’s warden, who is appointed by the rector, all positions on parish council are elected by the Vestry, which is the annual meeting of the members of the parish of Saint Matthew’s.
ANGLICAN CHURCH IN NORTH AMERICA (ACNA)
The Most Rev’d. Dr. Foley Beach, Archbishop
Archbishop Beach’s passion is to share the Word of God in such a way as to help others discover the incredible living Jesus. Beach served as the Rector and Pastor of Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, GA, from its founding in February 2004, until December, 2013. On October 9, 2010, he was consecrated in Atlanta, Georgia as the first Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South in the Anglican Church in North America. Beach is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the School of Theology at the University of the South, and Georgia State University.
DIOCESE OF THE ANGLICAN NETWORK IN CANADA (ANiC)
The Rt. Rev’d. Charles Masters, Diocesan Bishop
Charlie was consecrated a bishop in the Church of God on 13 November 2009 in St Catharines Ontario and became Area Bishop for Ontario and Eastern Canada. In November 2012, he was elected coadjutor bishop and succeeded Bishop Donald Harvey as diocesan bishop on 29 June 2014. He also serves the Anglican Church in North America as a member of the Archbishop’s cabinet. Until 1 June 2008 when he became ANiC’s national director, Charlie was rector of St George’s Lowville in the Diocese of Niagara – a parish he served for most of his ministry. Evangelism is Charlie’s passion and the thrust of a booklet he authored, “The Gospel Still Works.”
The Rt. Rev’d. Dr. Trevor Walters, Suffragen Bishop (Western Canada)
Trevor was consecrated a bishop in the Church of God on 13 November 2009 in St Catharines, Ontario. He also serves as associate priest at St Matthew’s in Abbotsford, BC, where he was formerly rector and Territorial Archdeacon for ANiC. Prior to moving to Abbotsford, he was Executive Director of the Entheos Retreat and Conference Centre in Calgary, Chaplain at the University of Calgary, Curate of St Stephen’s Anglican Church in Calgary, and a high school teacher in Bermondsey, London, UK. Bishop Trevor has invested more than 30 years in Anglican Church ministries. He cherishes Anglicanism for its “historic, comprehensive, breadth of character”. Bishop Trevor explains his love of the West Coast saying, “Mountains and oceans are where my heart sings.”
The Rt. Rev’d. Stephen Leung, Suffrangen Bishop (Asian Ministries)