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Bishop announces new appointments

Posted: Jul 23, 2018

Ministry transitions – Deanery of Thunder Bay-North Shore

Bishop Anne Germond announces the following appointments in the Thunder Bay-North Shore Deanery:

The Rev. Charlene Scriver as the Incumbent of St. Michael and All Angels, Thunder Bay, effective September 1, 2018.  Rev. Charlene is currently serving as the Incumbent of the Parish of West Thunder Bay.

The Rev. Gordon Holroyd as the Interim Incumbent of the Parish of West Thunder Bay, effective September 1, 2018.  Rev. Gordon is currently the Incumbent of St. George’s and Interim Incumbent of St. Michael and All Angels, Thunder Bay.

Capt. Deb Everest as Lay Pastoral Worker for the Parish of St. George’s, Thunder Bay, effective September 1, 2018 under the supervision of the Ven. Deborah Kraft, Archdeacon of the Deanery.


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St. James, Goulais River

Bishop Anne Germond is pleased to announce a new team ministry arrangement for St. James.  The Rev. Dr. Bill Steadman, The Rev. Dr. Jay Koyle and Mr. Charlie Johnson will be providing ministry to the congregation on a rotational basis commencing September 1, 2018.

Dr. Bill Steadman has been appointed as Honourary Associate at St. James.  He is a retired United Church minister who is providing part-time ministry at Goulais River United Church.  He has been a minister for over 41 years and has worked in a variety of settings, from mining towns to rural communities to suburban and inner city locations.  He has also worked in the General Council office of the United Church as Executive Minister of Financial Stewardship and as Acting Executive Secretary of the Bay of Quinte Conference in Eastern Ontario.

For the last four years, Bill has served as part of a team ministry at St. Andrew’s United Church in downtown Sudbury, where the congregation developed a very active ministry to the downtown, and he worked closely with the Church of the Epiphany in that downtown ministry as well as co-presiding in shared services with Epiphany during the year.

He has always been active in the local ministerial association, was a member of the Sudbury Interfaith Dialogue, and is a regular columnist in the Sudbury Star on matters of faith.

Bill holds a BA from University College, University of Toronto, a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Emmanuel College, Victoria University, and a Doctor of Ministry (Stewardship) from McMaster Divinity College.  He is also a trained Interim Minister through the Interim Ministry Network.

Dr. Jay Koyle, in his capacity as the Diocesan Congregational Development Officer, will assist in providing ministry at Goulais River as well as acting in the capacity of Incumbent of the parish.

Mr. Charlie Johnson is a Lay Reader in the parish and will also provide ministry within the team.

Bishop Anne is appreciative of the willingness of the congregation to venture into this new ministry model and thankful that these individuals have offered themselves to undertake this team approach to ministry in Goulais River.  She is hopeful that new avenues of collaboration will open up with our neighbours in the United Church and that ministry will flourish in this community.


St. John’s, Ravenscliffe

The Rev. Judie Cooper has been appointed as Priest for the parish offering sacramental ministry to the congregation effective July 8, 2018.  St. John’s is undergoing a discernment process this summer with hopes of retaining congregational status going forward.  Our prayers are with them and with Rev. Judie as they prayerfully discern their place within the community of Ravenscliffe.


We ask that you uphold all of these individuals and the congregations in your prayers as they enter this period of transition. 

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