Looking forward to Bishop Melissa’s visit to St. Alban’s on January 24, 2016!
In November of 2013, Bishop Skelton became the first woman and the first American to be elected Bishop of the 135 year old Anglican Diocese of New Westminster. During her years in graduate school, Bishop Melissa earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Divinity, preparing and studying for both degrees at the same time. Prior to ordination she was a Brand Manager at Procter and Gamble the American personal products corporation thus distinguishing her as the first Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster to have had a career outside of the church prior to ordination. On March 1, 2014, she was ordained Bishop at the Vancouver Convention Centre and then later that day at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver she was installed as the 9th Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster. Since her ordination she has been going at a non-stop pace getting to know the communities of faith that make up her diocese. Bishop Melissa Skelton is a respected leader in the field of Congregational Development leading workshops and learning sessions throughout North America. The congregation tripled during her 9 year incumbency at her last ministry post, St.Paul’s Episcopal Church in one of Seattle’s urban neighbourhoods.
Bishop Skelton leads an extremely busy life in ministry. On August 15, 2015, Bishop Melissa married the Reverend Eric Stroo, a vocational deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia who is a counselor in the Seattle area. Bishop Melissa has three siblings: a brother in San Francisco and two sisters in Atlanta, GA. She has an adult son, Evan who until recently lived with his wife and two children in Washington, DC. Evan was transferred by his employer to England and moved in early 2016. Bishop Skelton and Eric share their lives with ‘Teddy’ a very active West Highland Terrier All Are Welcome to attend worship on January 24 and participate in this opportunity to welcome Bishop Melissa Skelton , and to get to know this remarkable woman of faith.
To access more information please us the following links:
Bishop Skelton’s Biography
Bishop Skelton’s Staff Page
Bishop Skelton’s Corporate Portrait
Photographs by Bayne Stanley
Information about the Diocese of New Westminster