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. Dn. 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. Dn. Gary Stobbs
Gary retired from an executive position in the business world in 2006 and was ordained to the deaconate in 2007. He has a heart for seniors and can often be found leading services in rest homes or visiting shut-ins in their homes or the hospital. Gary also oversees the acolytes and crucifers who assist in Sunday worship and co-leads a Bible study with the love of his life Sharon. Gary is the father of three and grandfather of six. He was recently appointed by Bishop Don Harvey as the ANiC liaison to the ACNA for Anglican Fourth Day.
PARISH ADMINISTRATOR Carolyn Pera
CARETAKER 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)
Robert William Duncan is Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America and Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh. He served as moderator of the Anglican Communion Network from 2003 to 2009 and chairman of the Common Cause Partnership from 2004 until the creation of the Anglican Church in North America. Archbishop Duncan has honorary doctorates from the General Theological Seminary (1996) and Nashotah House (2006).
DIOCESE OF THE ANGLICAN NETWORK IN CANADA (ANiC)
Bishop Don retired from the Anglican Church of Canada in 2004 after 12 years as the Third Bishop of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador. Prior to this, he served for 30 years in various parishes in Newfoundland and Labrador including a six year appointment as University Chaplain. He has lectured in English Literature at Memorial University of Newfoundland and taught Pastoral Theology at Queen’s Theological College in St. John’s. In 2007, Bishop Don became Moderator Bishop of the Anglican Network in Canada. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Nashotah House Seminary in 2009.
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. Charlie Masters, Suffragen Bishop (Eastern Canada)
The Rt. Rev’d. Stephen Leung, Suffrangen Bishop (Asian Ministries)