The Diocese of New Westminster

The Diocese of New Westminster


The Diocese of New Westminster's Mission Priorities - September 25, 2017

Our Diocesan Mission

“Growing communities of faith in Jesus Christ to serve God’s mission in the world.”  

Our Priorities  

Our God is a relational God. We seek to foster, build and strengthen our relationships with one another in all we do in diocesan, parish and community circles.  

Through the action of the Holy Spirit, our God creates the Church as Christ’s continuing presence in and for the world. We seek to focus diocesan energy and resources on parish development: assisting parishes in focusing on and building their excellence around their core purpose of gathering, transforming and sending; encouraging parishes to express the best of their Anglican identity; and assisting parishes in creatively engaging the real challenges and opportunities before them.    

Our God seeks justice for the oppressed. We seek to assist diocesan leaders and parishes in learning about the culture and history of Canada’s Indigenous peoples, in engaging with Indigenous peoples in their neighbourhood and regions, and in advancing the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.    

Our God delights in the diversity of humanity and yearns for all humanity to be one. We seek to increase the diversity of the leadership in our diocese and to strengthen the ability of our parishes to engage the diversity of the people in our parishes, in our neighbourhoods and in our region.  We seek the transformation of our minds, our hearts and our practice as we increase our diversity and seek the oneness that God invites us to embrace.    

Our God entrusts us with the stewardship of our lives and our communities. We seek to work on the overall sustainability of our diocese and of our parishes by attending to the fit between all the elements of diocesan or parish life (finances, property, priorities, processes, organizational structures, organizational culture, external relationships, etc.) We seek to nurture a diocesan culture that is more transparent, collaborative, consultative, courageous and in which people have greater choice.


The Diocese of New Westminster consists of 69 (66 active parishes and 3 emerging faith communities) worshiping and serving communities in mission together across the southwest part of the province of British Columbia from the Sunshine Coast to the west to Hope located 150 kilometres east of the City of Vancouver.

It is divided into 6 archdeaconries and 11 regional deaneries. It was established in 1879. The eighth bishop of New Westminster the Rt. Rev. Michael Ingham resigned August 31st, 2013, after nearly 20 years of servant-leadership.

At an Electoral Synod held at the Cathedral Church of the Diocese, Christ Church on November 30th, 2013, the Reverend Canon Melissa Skelton of the Diocese of Olympia in Washington State was elected. She was consecrated and installed the Right Reverend Melissa M. Skelton the 9th Bishop of New Westminster on March 1st, 2014.

The Diocesan mission statement is "Growing communities of faith in Jesus Christ to serve God's mission in the world." 

Governance & Council

The Governance of the Diocese of New Westminster is done at Synod by Synod and by Diocesan Council.

Diocesan Council is the decision making, governing body of the Diocese of New Westminster consisting of: Diocesan Officers (Bishop, Chancellor, Treasurer); 2 of the aggregate 9 from the following group in parenthesis (Dean of the Diocese, the 6 Archdeacons, the Director of Deacons and the Executive Archdeacon); one of the two additional Diocesan Legal Officers, (Registrar or Legal Assessor); Archdeaconry reps, one lay, one ordained, total of 12 and 2 youth delegates.

An Archdeaconry is a group of churches, geographically affiliated and the reps are elected at the Synod Meetings. Synod Staff also attend meetings but are members of Diocesan Council with voice but no vote; they include: Business Administrator, the Executive Archdeacon if she or he has not been chosen as a voting member and the Director for Mission and Ministry Development (and other staff as required).

Diocesan Synod consists of all the eligible clergy in the Diocese of New Westminster (Resolution 1 passed May 23rd, 2014 at the 115th Synod, view below) and 2-6 lay people elected from each diocesan parish proportionate to the size of the parish community. Diocesan Council functions as the Synod between Synods, it is a representation of the large group that meets bi-annually.

Diocesan Council and Diocesan Synod are both chaired by the Bishop. Diocesan Council is adjourned for the months of July and August.

The Diocesan Profile assembled to provide information to prospective candidates for bishop in advance of the November 30th, 2013, Electoral Synod. View the full Diocesan Profile below.

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Upcoming Events

Anti-Racism Training

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Confirmation Preparation Day for 2018

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Clergy Conference - April 2018

April 23 - 25, 2018

Wardens and Treasurers Training Workshop

Saturday, April 28, 2018

OMG! - The Priority of Prayer Conference

June 4 - 8, 2018



Clergy Day - Deepening Spirituality

Fifty clergy of the Diocese of New Westminster attend the Clergy Day on Spirituality and the Sacrament of Reconciliation that took place in the Conference Room at the Synod Office, Thursday, March 15, 2018. There... Read More


Learning Party With Emily Scott

March 10, 2018 saw the arrival of beautiful, spring weather in Vancouver. In the bright sunshine, a group of 40 people gathered for worship in the courtyard of 1410 Nanton Ave. The morning worship, led by the Rev.... Read More


March Synod Staff Meeting

The March 7, 2018 monthly Staff Meeting of the Synod Staff of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster was a very happy event as there were three March birthdays to celebrate and a full cohort of staff present. The... Read More

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Happy 4th Anniversary - Bishop Melissa

The Reverend Canon Melissa M. Skelton of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia was elected 9th Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster at an Episcopal Election Synod, November 30, 2013.Canon Skelton was... Read More


Lunch With the Chief Constable for Jerry Adams

At 11:30am on Friday, February 23 the most intense snowfall of the 2017 - 2018 winter season brought travel in the Lower Mainland to a slippery halt. However, that did not prevent the 100 or more people from... Read More


Media Coverage of St. Mark's Sale

Many thanks to the Reverend Richard Leggett, rector of St. Faith's and regional dean of Granville Deanery for his work with the media regarding the public's interest in the sale of St. Mark's in Kitsilano. Rev.... Read More


Ash Wednesday DAY - Around the Diocese

The last year that St. Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday landed on the same day was 1945, prompting the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky, the Right Reverend Terry White to post this on his Facebook status... Read More


Shrove Tuesday at 1410 Nanton

Every year about this time each department of the Synod Office takes turns making the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Breakfast at 1410 Nanton Avenue. This year it was the unaligned staff members: archvist, Marche Riley;... Read More


Clergy News - Early February 2018

The Bishop has appointed the Reverend Dr Bryan Rivers as interim Anglican Chaplain to VGH effective February 5, 2018. Bryan retired as a professor from the University of St Boniface College, Winnipeg and a priest in... Read More


The Ordination of the Reverend Vivian Seegers

“I look forward to the blessings God has given me in walking in these two worlds and using the spiritual gifts given to me to bring healing and reconciliation, understanding and compassion for us all.” These are... Read More


Clergy and Staff News Around the Diocese for Late January 2018

The Reverend Vivian Seegers ordained on January 21 has been appointed by the Bishop as Curate (1/2 time) at St. Clement, Lynn Valley under the supervision of the Reverend Lynne McNaughton. This appointment begins on... Read More


More than Just a Line in the Bulletin

The Companion Diocese Committee (CDC) of the Diocese of New Westminster consisting of: the Reverend Paul Richard’s, Clare Urquhart, the Reverend Karen Urquhart, Abby Cline, Carol Tindall, ODNW, Felly Farinas with... Read More


New Exterior Signage for 1410 Nanton Avenue

After a few months of planning and going back and forth about the best options for exterior signage for 1410 Nanton Avenue, the Synod Office of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster, diocesan staff and TDH... Read More


Clergy News Around the Diocese January 2018

God-willing, Vivian Seegers will be ordered to the transitional diaconate on Sunday, January 21 at St John, Shaughnessy at 7pm. The liturgical colour is red. The preacher will be the Reverend Emilie Smith, rector of... Read More


Bishop Melissa's 2017 "TOPIC" Christmas Message

(Published in the December 2017 edition of the Diocese of New Westminster’s monthly magazine – TOPIC November 28, 2017) Stealing Joy It was hard to figure out what image to use on my Bishop’s Christmas Card this... Read More


A Tale of Two Bazaars

There are a number of things that Anglican Church communities do really well and one of those is organizing and presenting fall bazaars. The day before the first Sunday of Advent, 2017, which was Saturday, December... Read More


UPDATE - Three Ministry Positions Posted

During the week of November 5, 2017, a posting for a new rector for St Stephen the Martyr, Burnaby was posted on the diocesan jobs page, the Anglican Church of Canada jobs page and all around the Anglican Communion.... Read More

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Four Year Anniversary of Episcopal Election

November 30, 2017, (St.Andrew's Day) marks four years since the then - Reverend Canon Melissa M. Skelton of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia was elected the 9th Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster. The third... Read More


First "in-house" Interim Ministry Training Session

The first ever “in-house” Interim Ministry Training session took place in the Trendell Lounge, the meeting space shared by the Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster and St. John’s, Shaughnessy on Thursday,... Read More

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Clergy and Staff News Around the Diocese

Caitlin Reilley Beck, Diocesan Missioner for Children, Youth and Families, has resigned her position effective December 31, 2017. Caitlin began her position with the Diocese on December 1, 2014. She will continue to... Read More


ISLAM 101 - Clergy Day

On November 9, 2017, approximately 80 clergy, postulants and clergy spouses of the Diocese of New Westminster joined Bishop Melissa Skelton and the Diocesan Ecumenical and Multifaith Unit (EMU) team consisting of:... Read More


Russell Arnold Ferrie, Priest - February 5, 1927 - November 2, 2017

It is with sadness that we announce that the Reverend Russ Ferrie died on November 2, 2017 in Vernon BC.   Russ was raised in Saskatchewan and prior to his ordination he worked in farming and the hotel industry. He... Read More


Donald Edward Grayston, Priest - August 31, 1939 - October 23, 2017

It is with sadness that we announce that the Reverend Donald (Don) Grayston died on October 23, 2017 at the Cottage Hospice in Vancouver. Don grew up in Vancouver.  Don was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop... Read More

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Clergy News Around the Diocese October 2017

Congratulations and welcome to Lucille Dawn Vickers, the first grand-baby for Sally and the Reverend Brian Vickers. The Reverend Denise Doerksen has been 'called' by Peace Lutheran Church, Abbotsford (2029 Ware... Read More


The Art and Craft of Preaching

The Art and Craft of Preaching workshop took place at the Synod Offices, 1410 Nanton Avenue, September 28, 29 and 30. This workshop was offered by the diocese of New Westminster, the Episcopal Preaching Foundation... Read More

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Clergy News Around the Diocese September 2017

DIRECTOR FOR MISSION AND MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT The Bishop has appointed the Reverend Tellison Glover, D Min, as Director of Mission and Ministry Development for the Diocese effective January 16, 2018. Father Glover... Read More