The Reverend Alecia Greenfield, Regional Dean of Kingsway, Vicar of Holy Cross, Vancouver, and Special Projects Facilitator, (part time) on staff at the Diocese of New Westminster's Mission and Ministry department is the recipient of the Vancouver School of Theology's VST President's T.E.G. award for 2023. The award is for Thoughtful, Engaged and Generous Christian Practitioners.
A graduate of VST’s Master of Divinity program, the Reverend Greenfield had earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religious studies at UBC. She followed her BA with a career in fundraising and organizational development for cultural institutions, highlighted by her management of Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum.
After completing her MBA, Alecia could no longer ignore her calling to ministry, and in 2013, began her discernment process with the Diocese of New Westminster/Anglican Church of Canada. The Reverend Greenfield was ordained to the diaconate by the Most Reverend Melissa Skelton on June 15, 2019, and priested on January 18, 2020. She served as Assistant Curate at St. Francis-in-the-Wood, West Vancouver where she was of major assistance during the time of COVID-19. August 1, 2021, the Reverend Greenfield was appointed Vicar of the Parish of Holy Cross and also began her part time role on the Synod office's Mission and Ministry program staff. She was appointed Regional Dean of Kingsway in the fall of 2022. Among her diocesan accomplishments was her chairing and organization of the 2022 diocesan ministry conference, held October 15, 2022. Alecia has also been of great support to diocesan communications with her submissions of photos and stories highlighting the diverse ministries of the diocese.
Alecia lives in Lynn Valley with her husband, Jeff Calvert. Alecia and Jeff have two adult children, Lytton and Hannah.
Alecia’s leadership will benefit the wider Church community for years to come, and this award given to Alecia will be a credit to VST.
- The Most Rev. Dr. Lynne McNaughton Archbishop and Metropolitan, Ecclesiastical Province of BC and Yukon
She clearly loves what she is doing, and this encourages and supports other to renew their own commitment to living as Jesus would call us to be. She has a deep kindness to her that touches people; clearly showing compassion and solidarity. She seeks justice for all people and hope for this planet and draw others on that walk with her.
- The Right Reverend John R. Stephens, Bishop, Diocese of New Westminster
Alecia’s skill as an artist, her ability to be in conversation with people of all ages and from many cultural backgrounds, her warmth and intelligence all make her into the rarest of priests—a person who can genuinely engage others, in thoughtful and generous ways.
- The Very Reverend Peter G. Elliott
Alecia’s generosity of spirit in this found expression not only in the giving of herself but in helping others also to discover and give of themselves. This, it seems to me, is very close to the heart of Christian ministry.
- The Rev. Dr. Angus F. Stuart
President Richard Topping said, “What a delight to make this award to Alecia Greenfield who exemplifies thoughtful, engaged and generous leadership.”
- The Rev. Richard R. Topping, Ph.D., President and Vice-Chancellor, VST
Photo: Wayne Chose, ODNW