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Diocesan leadership and staff appointments continue

by Ana Watts
David BellThe unprecedented changes in diocesan leadership and synod office staff continue with the appointment of a new chancellor, executive assistant to the bishop and two new archdeacons.

Professor David G. Bell, appointed chancellor (legal advisor to the bishop) in late September, is the new face on the diocesan map. He lives on his family farm near Woodstock but studied history and law at universities in Ontario and the United States. He eventually returned home though, and has taught property, contracts, trusts and legal history at the University of New Brunswick Law School since the 1980s. His subjects are useful background indeed for a New Brunswick institution that is now nearly 250 years old. In addition to teaching and acting as an adjudicator in the small claims court for Woodstock judicial district, he writes about Maritime legal, religious, constitutional and Amerindian history. He has five books to his credit including Loyalist Rebellion in New Brunswick (2013), a finalist for Atlantic scholarly book-of-the-year. Professor Bell is also co-moderator of the listserv for world Anglican/Episcopal history.

“Through the writings of Bishop Medley I was called back to Christianity in 2004,” he says. “Clearly I am one of his latter converts. The parish I joined was Richmond and for the past five years I have been involved in the outreach program at St Mark’s (Jackson Falls) that draws people of all denominations to Wednesday evening worship. We have enjoyed showing that a small congregation in a church that’s absolutely in the middle of nowhere can still have a useful mission.”

Brent Ham and Cathy Laskey

The Rev. Cathy Laskey will officially become Bishop David Edwards’ Executive Assistant on Dec. 1. She leaves the Parish of Shediac where she served with the Ven. Richard McConnell as Associate Priest and Coordinator of the Parish as a Community of Faith Strategy.

In early October the Rev. Brent Ham, rector of the Parish of Riverview, was appointed a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral and named to a three-year renewable term as Archdeacon of Moncton. He will be installed as archdeacon later this fall.

Diocesan treasurer Irene Adams' term is extended, Cheryl Jacobs was appointed as the bishop’s secretary for a six-month term in September and Ben Bourque was appointed Financial and Administrative Officer last spring. And today (Oct. 14) Gisele McKnight was appointed communications officer. She has 21 years experience as a journalist and was recently opinion page and religion editor for the Daily Gleaner in Fredericton. More information on her will be in the December of The New Brunswick Anglican.

Archdeacon Patricia Drummond is appointed as interim archdeacon for Woodstock in addition to her work as archdeacon for Fredericton. Parish appointments included Archdeacon Canon Stuart Allan as associate team priest in shared ministry in the parishes of Lakewood, Simonds and St. Martins & Black River with the Rev. Canon Leo Martin as priest-in-charge. Archdeacon Allan was also appointed to interim team ministry and clerical leadership in the Parish of Saint John (Trinity Church) with the Rev. Canon Wally Corey. Their term ends Dec. 31. Archdeacon Allan will be responsible for the administration component of parish operations. Canon Corey will take on worship at the church and at senior care facilities. He will also provide urgent pastoral care, including hospital visitation.

The Rev. Canon Elaine Hamilton was appointed part-time priest-in-charge in the Parish of Fredericton in the absence of Bishop Bill Hockin, the interim. Her ministry and pastoral oversight ran from Sept. 8 until Oct. 31.

Pending appointments include a parish development and stewardship officer and an archdeacon for St. Andrews.

Diocesan Communications
14 October 2014