I come to Holy Trinity Cathedral as Vicar from a diverse background in ministry. I have been a member of a diocesan staff, a curate in a large urban parish, the priest in charge of a small-town congregation, the coordinator of youth and adult education for a cathedral and a member of the staff of the Anglican Church of Canada.
My family and I came to Vancouver in 1987 in order for me to take up an appointment as Professor of Liturgical Studies at Vancouver School of Theology. I taught at VST from 1987 until 2010, both in the on-campus degree program and in our extension program for people serving in indigenous communities in Canada and the United States. In addition to teaching in indigenous communities in North America, I have travelled to the Solomon Islands and to Myanmar to provide on-site short courses in liturgical studies for laity and clergy.
In 2010 I chose to return to congregational ministry and was Rector of Saint Faith’s Anglican Church in Vancouver from 2011 to 2018. While I was Rector, I also served as Regional Dean of Granville and as a member of Diocesan Council. At various times I have been involved, and still am, in other diocesan and national committees and task forces.
I am excited to be Vicar of Holy Trinity Cathedral. We are pioneering a course that will help other congregations face the challenges of Christian ministry and discipleship in the twenty-first century. God has given us an opportunity to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God in the centre of New Westminster. Whether our neighbours know it or not, they need us to be leaven in the loaf of this downtown community. And with God’s grace we shall do just that.
Adjunct Priest: The Reverend Neil Fernyhough
The Revd Neil Fernyhough was ordained in 2000, and served for many years as an intentional interim priest-in-charge at a variety of parishes throughout the diocese. He obtained advanced degrees in New Testament Studies at the Vancouver School of Theology and the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. Neil currently is employed as Manager of Community Programs at Alexandra Neighbourhood House in South Surrey.
Honorary Deacon: The Reverend Carole Neilson
Carole has been active in both parish and diocesan life for many years. A graduate in Education from UBC, she has used her training in public schools, university, and especially in Christian Education and other programs in the church. Working with people of all ages has enabled her to experience the wonders of ministry in our Lord’s name.
Carole has been a leader in several areas in the diocese: Chair of the Program Committee and Evangelism Unit. She served on the Christian Education and Administration and Finance committees. She was also Chair and President of the Board of Directors at Camp Artaban. Nationally, she served a term on the Anglican Journal Board of Advisors., and attended a Conference for women in Winnipeg.
Carole served as Pastoral Associate at St. Christopher’s for over twenty years. Her ministry included inter-generational programs such as Christian Education, organizing parish events and worship services, Baptism and Confirmation preparation, and organizing youth activities such as The Duke of Edinburgh Award program. At present she is one of the co-ordinators of the Breakfast Club at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and assisting with coaching long-distance and cross-country runners at St. Thomas More Collegiate in Burnaby.
Bishop’s Warden: Carla Jones
People’s Warden: Sybil Collett
Parish Secretary: Marcia Janson
Music Director: George Ryan
Envelope Secretary: Susan Stensgaard