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Bishop Melissa’s Visit

Looking forward to Bishop Melissa’s visit to St. Alban’s on January 24, 2016!

Bishop Melissa

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


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Carols of the City – More photos!

Here are more photos from our Carols of the City night last Friday, December 18!


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Syrian Emergency Relief

As the winter months approach, the need for warm bedding and clothing becomes even greater for those displaced by the Syrian refugee crisis.   1.2 million Syrian refugees currently live in Lebanon, making up 20% of the population of that country at the moment. The influx of so many people into the country has led to social, political, and economic problems.   The PWRDF continues to provide relief through ACT Alliance, and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) to refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, as well as to displaced people within Syria, and to other refugees through Refugee Egypt in Cairo.


The Government of Canada has created the Syria Emergency Relief Fund and will match every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the impact of the conflict in Syria up to $100 million until December 31, 2015. For every dollar donated to PWRDF, the Canadian dollar will put one dollar into its Syria Emergency Relief Fund.


Thank you – because of the generosity of Anglicans in Canada, $170,00 has been received by PWRDF for the Syrian refugee crisis. Please watch for updates on the PWRDF’s response to the situation at


Donations can be made in the following ways:

  • Online
  • By phone (credit card donations): call Jennifer Brown at 416-924-9192 ext. 355 or 1-866-308-7973
    Please do not send your credit card number by email or fax.
  • By mail: please make cheques payable to PWRDF, Syria Response, and send to:
    • The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund 
      The Anglican Church of Canada
      80 Hayden Street
      Toronto, Ontario, Canada
      M4Y 3G2

For further information, please contact Naba Gurung, the PWRDF Humanitarian Response Coordinator at 416-924-9192 ext.321, or at

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