Nominees for Bishop of New Westminster

From the Diocese of New Westminster

The Candidates

Listed in alphabetical order, the eight (8) candidates which the Committee recommends to you for consideration are:

1. Ven. Ellen Clark-King, Vicar, Christ Church Cathedral, Diocese of New Westminster (Ph.D., M.A., C.T., B.A.)
2. Rev. Canon Dawn L. Davis, Incumbent Priest, Trinity Church Aurora, Diocese of Toronto (CHRP, M.Div., B.A.)
3. Rev. John Hebenton, Vicar, Anglican Parish of Gate Pa, Tauranga, Diocese of Waiapu, Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia (BSc, LTh [Hons], M.Min, B.A.)
4. Rev. Richard G. Leggett, Incumbent Priest, St. Faith’s Anglican Church, Diocese of New Westminster (Ph.D., M.A., M.Div., B.A.)
5. Ven. Lynne E. McNaughton, Incumbent Priest, St. Clement Anglican Church, Diocese of New Westminster (D. Min., M.Div., B.A.)
6. Rev. John Oakes, Hon. Assoc. Priest, All Saints Episcopal Church, Belmont, Diocese of Massachusetts, TEC and on leave with permission to officiate, Diocese of New Westminster (Ph.D., M.Div., M.A., M.C.S., Dipl. C.S., B.A.)
7. Rev. Canon Melissa M. Skelton, Canon for Congregational Development and Leadership & Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Diocese of Olympia, TEC (M.Div., M.B.A., M.A., B.A.)
8. Ven. John R. Stephens, Incumbent Priest, St. Philip’s Anglican Church, Diocese of New Westminster (M.Div., B.Sc.)

By way of reminder, full C.V.’s for each candidate (as prepared by the candidates) and a Statement from each are available on the Electoral Synod website.

[Since posting this I have added links to the candidates' statements]

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5 Responses to Nominees for Bishop of New Westminster

  1. Peter says:

    Do we know anything about these candidates?

  2. Gordon says:

    I only know about two of them.

    John Hebenton is a Franciscan Tertiary and Minister Provincial of the Province of the Pacific, based in New Zealand, which puts his administrative skills beyond question, but I don’t know anything about his theology. Franciscans cover the whole range (I am also a Tertiary – see for more details if you’re interested).

    Richard Leggett is a competent theologian and has a solid grasp of the history and issues in New Westminster. However, he’s on the faculty of the Vancouver School of Theology, which is too liberal for my tastes. I have met him, and he seems reasonable enough, but then so did Michael Ingham when I met him.

  3. Frank Wirrell says:

    I know nothing about any of the candidates but I strongly believe we need to avoid the polite terminology of “liberal” or “conservative”. What is needed is someone who is truly a Christian which means he accepts without question the authority of Scripture and the uniqueness of Jesus Christ. Considering the sliding path on which the ACoC is on, I cannot see a truly orthodox candidate being accepted. If that should happen ALL clergy refusing to accept the above conditions and/or are involved in same-sex relationships should be removed from office unless they truly repent and are prepared to make a firm statement on the issue.

  4. Harriet says:

    I’ve heard rumours that Rev. Canon Dawn Davis is married to an AniC priest. For better or worse, it’s not true. I suspect some people may be confusing her husband (Rev. David Harris) with the editor-at-large of The Anglican Planet, Rev. David A. Harris.
    Davis’s husband is a former editor of the Anglican Journal. But he’s been publisher and editor of the Presbyterian Record for more than 10 years, I think. He wrote a letter to the Journal some years ago clarifying the confusion around the similar names.

  5. I concur with Frank Wirrell’s comments.

    I also sang the Te Deum when Peter Elliott’s name was not on the list. Although I suspect that we have not heard the last of him.

    These candidates are all ‘career Anglicans and as such will do nothing to alter the status quo in the ACoC or New Westminster.

    Like Pope Francis: business as usual…

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