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Bishop Melissa Skelton

Elected on November 30th, 2013, Canon Melissa Skelton is scheduled to be ordained and installed as the 9th Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster in Vancouver on St. David’s Day, March 1st, 2014 (Location TBA). For Canon Skelton this will be the next phase of a remarkable career in ministry.

Born and raised in a military family in Georgia, Canon Skelton spent most of her early life in the US Southeast and in Germany. She did not have a formal church connection growing up, but came to faith through the Episcopal Church when she was in her twenties.

She received a B.A. in English (Honours) from the University of Georgia, an M.A. in English from The University of South Carolina where she also served as a teaching assistant, instructing first year students. Twelve years later her education goals took a different direction as she received an M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from the University of Chicago, a host of academic honours and awards during this time and an internship at Procter & Gamble. While working towards the M.B.A., Canon Skelton was also enrolled in theological studies through the Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) but doing course work at the University of Chicago Divinity School and Seabury-Western Seminary. She was awarded the M. Div from VTS and was ordained to the transitional diaconate in the Diocese of Southern Ohio and subsequently priested in 1991.

Some highlights of Canon Skelton's career from 1991 to the present include:

Brand Manager - Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, 1992-93
Priest Associate - Trinity Wall Street, Manhattan, 1993-94
Associate Priest - St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Trenton, NJ, 1994-96
Vice President for Administration – The General Theological Seminary, New York, NY, 1993-97
Vice President of Brand and Systems Development - Tom’s of Maine 1997-2001
Congregational Development Consultant – Diocese of Maine, 2002 - 2004
Rector - Trinity Church, Castine, ME, 2002-2005
Rector - St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Seattle, WA, 2005-Present
Canon for Congregational Development and Leadership – Diocese of Olympia, Seattle, WA, 2008-Present
Director for the Diocesan School for Leadership and the College for Congregational Development - Diocese of New Westminster, Vancouver, BC, 2011 – Present; Diocese of Olympia, Seattle, WA, 2008-Present

To access Canon Skelton's COMPLETE CV please click the link. 

Of particular interest to the Diocese of New Westminster is Canon Skelton’s initial connection to Bisho - See more at: http://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/News/DiocesanNews/tabid/252/Mode/ViewArticle/ArticleId/1915/Default.aspx#sthash.xklNsGKF.dpuf

Elected on the third ballot,  November 30th, 2013, by a substantial majority of the Electoral Synod, the Right Reverend Melissa Skelton was ordained and installed as the 9th Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster in Vancouver on St. David’s Day, March 1st, 2014, in a three hour liturgy that took place in different locations - the Vancouver Convention Centre, followed by a procession through downtown Vancouver and then at the procession's destination, Christ Church Cathedral. On that day Bishop Melissa began the next phase of a remarkable career in ministry.

As Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster, the Right Reverend Melissa Skelton is the chief executive officer of the diocese and the chief liturgical officer, being responsible to head the synod, to ordain, confirm, and to appoint others to church office.The bishop provides pastoral oversight of the whole church within the diocese, and plays a leadership role also at the provincial, national and international level. All significant decision-making by the clergy and laity gathered in synod or council requires the assent of the bishop to become operative.

Phone: 604.684.6306 ext 217

Email: Bishop Melissa Skelton

Bishop's Sermon Archives

HOLY WEEK, 2014

April 13th, 2014, Palm Sunday at St. James'

April 15th, 2014, Chrism Mass at Christ Church Cathedral

April 17th, 2014, Maundy Thursday at Christ Church Cathedral

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