Bishop Stephen Andrews has announced that the new Incumbent of the Cathedral Church of St Luke the Evangelist, Sault Ste Marie, and the Dean of the Diocese of Algoma will be The Venerable James L. McShane, effective 1 September 2011. He succeeds Dean Emeritus Nelson Small, who retired last October.
Mr McShane is the Incumbent of The Anglican Churches of Quinte West in the Diocese of Ontario, where he has served since 2002. He has been the Archdeacon of Ontario since 2003. Prior to this he served the Parish of Loughborough. He was a Lay Pastoral Associate of the Parish of Kingston North, and for three years was the Anglican Chaplain to Queen’s University. He was Director of Youth, Outreach and Christian Education at St Mark’s Church, Barriefield, and was a Partner in Mission in the Diocese of Antique in the Philippines.
Archdeacon McShane is a Director of the Diocese of Ontario Foundation, and is a Founding Member of the Ontario Chapter of the Compass Rose Society. He served as the Chair of the Bishop’s Task Force for the Review of the Vocational Diaconate, and has facilitated work on stewardship and evangelism. He was the Warden of the Lay Readers Association and served on the Diocesan Worship Committee and the Diocesan Mission Board. His broader church involvement includes work on the Provincial Synod Executive, where he is now the Clerical Secretary, and membership of the last General Synod.
Ordained to the Diaconate and Priesthood in 1999, Archdeacon McShane holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Theological Studies degree from Wycliffe College. Before yielding to a call to pastoral ministry, he was a social worker. He is also a Rotarian and is Chaplain to the Scouts in Trenton.
The St Luke’s Concurrence Committee was unanimous in their request to the Bishop that Archdeacon McShane be appointed as their next Incumbent. In concurring with the request, Bishop Andrews said that he was looking forward to welcoming the McShane family to the Diocese. ‘Archdeacon McShane has strong leadership gifts,’ he said, ‘and he has a track record of inspiring vision, stewardship and community in the parishes he has served. I believe that the Cathedral has chosen wisely and that Jim will be a great asset to the strategic mission of the Diocese as it seeks to proclaim and live the good news of Jesus Christ.’
Archdeacon McShane’s wife of thirty years is Nicki, and they have four sons: Evan (22), Brendan (18), Liam (15), and Christopher (12).