The Diocese of New Westminster

The Diocese of New Westminster

The Diocese of New Westminster consists of 68 (66 active parishes and 2 emerging faith communities) worshiping and serving communities in mission together across the southwest part of the province of British Columbia from the Sunshine Coast to the west to Hope located 150 kilometres east of the City of Vancouver.

It is divided into 6 archdeaconries and 11 regional deaneries. It was established in 1879. The eighth bishop of New Westminster the Rt. Rev. Michael Ingham resigned August 31st, 2013, after nearly 20 years of servant-leadership.

At an Electoral Synod held at the Cathedral Church of the Diocese, Christ Church on November 30th, 2013, the Reverend Canon Melissa Skelton of the Diocese of Olympia in Washington State was elected. She was consecrated and installed the Right Reverend Melissa M. Skelton the 9th Bishop of New Westminster on March 1st, 2014.

The Diocesan mission statement is "Growing communities of faith in Jesus Christ to serve God's mission in the world." 

Governance & Council

The Governance of the Diocese of New Westminster is done at Synod by Synod and by Diocesan Council.

Diocesan Council is the decision making, governing body of the Diocese of New Westminster consisting of: Diocesan Officers (Bishop, Chancellor, Treasurer); 2 of the aggregate 9 from the following group in parenthesis (Dean of the Diocese, the 6 Archdeacons, the Director of Deacons and the Executive Archdeacon); one of the two additional Diocesan Legal Officers, (Registrar or Legal Assessor); Archdeaconry reps, one lay, one ordained, total of 12 and 2 youth delegates.

An Archdeaconry is a group of churches, geographically affiliated and the reps are elected at the Synod Meetings. Synod Staff also attend meetings but are members of Diocesan Council with voice but no vote; they include: Business Administrator, the Executive Archdeacon if she or he has not been chosen as a voting member and the Director for Mission and Ministry Development (and other staff as required).

Diocesan Synod consists of all the eligible clergy in the Diocese of New Westminster (Resolution 1 passed May 23rd, 2014 at the 115th Synod, view below) and 2-6 lay people elected from each diocesan parish proportionate to the size of the parish community. Diocesan Council functions as the Synod between Synods, it is a representation of the large group that meets bi-annually.

Diocesan Council and Diocesan Synod are both chaired by the Bishop. Diocesan Council is adjourned for the months of July and August.

The Diocesan Profile assembled to provide information to prospective candidates for bishop in advance of the November 30th, 2013, Electoral Synod. View the full Diocesan Profile below.

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Upcoming Events

Anti-Racism Training Fall of 2017

Saturday, September 23, 2017 & other dates

The Art and Craft of Preaching

September 28 - 30, 2017

Spiritual Formation for the Next Generation

Friday, October 13, 2017 & other dates



Former D of NW Folks Make Their Presence Known

Michael Kalmuk and Kelly Montford were the first couple to have their Union Blessed using the Same Sex Blessing Rite developed by retired-bishop, the Right Reverend Michael Ingham well over a decade ago. Their union... Read More


Welcome to the World - Chester

Early in the morning of August 13 (and after a 10 day wait from the scheduled due date), Carla and Phil welcomed an 8lb 1oz baby boy, Chester Daniel Rhodes Colvin. Phil Colvin is the Adminstrative... Read More


The Reverend Donald Gordon

Donald Gordon, Priest December 2, 1924 - August 9, 2017 It is with sadness that we announce that the Reverend Donald Gordon died in the mid-afternoon of Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Don was born in Penticton, BC,... Read More


Spiritual Formation for the Next Generation

Spiritual formation begins where you are and incrementally guides you into a deeper and more profound encounter with the living Christ…   For the Life of the World  (Pro Mundi Vita) A uniquely Anglican Spiritual... Read More

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The Reverend Andrew Wilhelm-Boyles

REQUIESCAT IN PACEM December 30, 1943 - August 1, 2017 The Reverend Andrew Wilhelm-Boyles died peacefully on August 1, 2017 at the Vancouver Hospice. Andrew was ordained by Bishop Michael Ingham, December 7, 2008... Read More


UPDATED - Clergy News Around the Diocese for mid-July 2017

Bishop Skelton has appointed the following clergy as Assistant Curates: The Reverend Ross Bliss -- Christ Church Cathedral The Reverend Hyok Kim -- St Anselm The Reverend Sharon Smith  -- St Agnes The Reverend... Read More


UPDATE - Ordination in the Holy Church of God

Saturday morning, June 24, 2017, at 10:30am the nave and chancel of Christ Church Cathedral were both filled to capacity with clergy and lay participating in a Celebration of the Eucharist - Ordination in the Holy... Read More


The Very Reverend Lucresia Turtem Preaches at CCC

The guest preacher at Christ Church Cathedral (CCC), Sunday, June 18, Second Sunday after Pentecost was the Very Reverend Lucresia Turtem, dean and rector of All Saints’ the Cathedral Church of the Episcopal Diocese... Read More

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EDNP Guests Arrive for Diocesan School

On Friday, June 9, 2017, Bishop’s Commissary and Executive Archdeacon of the Diocese of New Westminster, the Venerable Douglas Fenton was delighted to welcome two guests from our Companion Diocese, Episcopal Diocese... Read More


Blessing the Bicycles

Vancouver’s Christ Church Cathedral has a new bell tower but the bells ringing in the 120 year old church on May 29th were attached to the handle-bars of bicycles. With sacramental chrism oil, bicycle chain oil,... Read More

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Opening Worship Photo Album on Facebook

By 7:30pm on Ascension Day, May 25 the Italian Cultural Centre catering staff, the A/V-Tech crew, Synod Staff and Worship Team leader the Venerable John Stephens had concluded the set-up for 117th Synod of the... Read More


Clergy News Around the Diocese - Synod Week 2017 (May21-27)

APPOINTMENTS AND CHANGES   The Bishop has made two appointments to replace outgoing Regional Deans the Reverend Craig Tanksley (Peace Arch) and the Reverend Heidi Brear (Kingsway). Following consultation with their... Read More


Clergy News Around the Diocese - May 2017

APPLICANTS, POSTULANTS, ORDINANDS There are four applicants who have just been to the Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination (ACPO) and who have now been made postulants to the priesthood by Bishop... Read More


Financial Sustainability Info Sessions

On Saturday, May 6, diocesan Treasurer, Bob Hardy and diocesan Director of Finance and Property, Rob Dickson held two information sessions at two separate diocesan parishes; a morning sessions at St. Agnes’, North... Read More

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Spring Fundraising Sales

Saturday, April 29, 2017 was a big day for Spring fundraising sales around the Diocese of New Westminster. These sales included a: Plant Sale at St. Helen’s, West Point Grey; Jumble Sale at St. Mary’s, Kerrisdale... Read More

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Moving Commitment into Action

Our Companion Episcopal Diocese of Northern Philippines In 2016, there were exploratory discussions, travel and exchanges between Bishop Melissa Skelton and Bishop Brent Alawas to establish a new companion diocese... Read More


Striking a 'Fair Balance'

  The Work of the Assessment Task Force  As Paul travelled through the eastern Mediterranean carrying the good news of God in Christ to Gentiles and Jews, he also carried a sense of responsibility for the Christian... Read More


Chrism Mass 2017

On Tuesday, April 11 at 12:10 The Holy Eucharist with Reaffirmation of Baptismal and Ordination Vows, and Blessing of Holy Oils was celebrated at Christ Church Cathedral with Bishop Skelton as presider and preacher.... Read More


Bishop Skelton's "Topic" Easter Message

In either the March or April issues of Topic, (the publication of the Diocese of New Westminster published 10 months a year and available as a section of the national publication, The Anglican Journal) Bishop... Read More


Clergy News for the First Week of April 2017

Bishop Skelton has appointed the Reverend Tim Dutcher Walls 1/2 time priest-in-charge of St. David's, Delta located in Tsawwassen. Pastor Tim will begin his ministry June 1, 2017, the day after the Reverend Denise... Read More

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Archivist to Animator

The Office of the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada announced today, Monday, April 3, 2017, that Melanie Delva currently Archivist at the Diocese of New Westminster and the Ecclesiastical Province of British... Read More


Clergy and Money

More than 60 clergy of the diocese attended an all day session held in the Conference Room of the Synod Offices on Thursday, March 30, 2017. The day was titled “Money, Memorial Gardens and Sacraments – One of the... Read More