The bishop is pleased to announce the appointment of The Reverend Canon Dr George M. Porter as the new Incumbent of St Luke’s Church, Thunder Bay, beginning 1 April 2013. This concludes a long period of prayerful discernment among the folks at St Luke’s during which they have been ably tended by The Reverend Gordon Holroyd.
Dr Porter comes to us from the Diocese of Fredericton, where, for the past ten years, he has been the Youth Action Director to the diocese and the Chaplain to the University of New Brunswick and St Thomas University. His diverse ministry experience includes five years in youth ministry in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts, a dozen years in rural charges in the Diocese of Brandon, and Northwestern Ontario, and two years with the Mennonite Central Committee. He was made Deacon on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in 1988 and ordained Priest the following year. He has had a long association with the Cursillo movement and has worked on the Planning Team for Common Ground 2011, an ecumenical youth ministry forum. He has served on two camp boards in the Diocese of Fredericton.
A graduate of the University of Manitoba, Dr Porter holds an MA in Biblical Counselling from Winnipeg Theological Seminary; a certificate in Anglican Studies from St John’s College, Winnipeg; and an M.Litt. and a D.Phil. in Religion and Society from Oxford University through the American Centre for Religion and Society Studies. He is a member of the adjunct faculty for both the Oxford Graduate School and the Atlantic School of Theology. With strong gifts in teaching and communication, Dr Porter has written a monthly column on youth ministry for the New Brunswick Anglican, and is working on a book entitled, All in Our Power: Youth Ministries in the Baptismal Community.
Dr Porter writes that ‘St Luke’s is a good place for us and, being delighted with the people I met there, I am convinced that I can be a good presence in the journey of the parish.’ He is married to Nancy, and they have two adult children.