Three to be ordained
By Gisele McKnight
With his ordination to the priesthood just days away, Christopher Ketch admits to a range of emotions over what lies ahead.
“I’m feeling excited, but also curious — curious about what God’s going to do through my life as a priest in ministry in the Diocese of Fredericton,” he said. “I’m working out, trying to figure out what kind of priest God is calling me to be, what that will look like in the years and decades to come.”
Christopher is one of three people who will be ordained at Christ Church Cathedral this Sunday, June 28, at 4 p.m. Dr. Daniel Goodwin will also be ordained a priest, and Thomas Nisbett will be ordained a transitional deacon.
The Rev. Chris Ketch
Christopher has spent the past 10 months as deacon in charge in the Parish of Kent. He says he senses a shift in the diocese and he wonders what it will mean to be a priest in such changing times. It might include church planting for him, he says.
“I hope to be more of an evangelist priest than a traditional centrally-focussed parish priest,” he said. “I think priests in the years to come will need to spend more time in the community sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
For Daniel, becoming an Anglican priest is yet another role on an impressive list: ordained Baptist minister and professor of history at Crandall University, having earned a Masters of Divinity from Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S. and a PhD in religious history of Queens University in Kingston, Ont.
“I’m a relatively new Anglican,” he said. “I’m not a cradle Anglican, but I happily embrace Anglicanism.”