Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the Rev. Canon Susan Bell was both Associate Priest and Assistant Curate at St. Martin in the Fields. She is an Associate Priest currently but did serve as Assistant Curate there previously. Also, Susan is not currently a professional member of the parish choir at St. John’s Elora. This version has been corrected.
Electoral Synod Prayer
Almighty and gracious God, in your goodness you call us together to be your church in this Diocese. Be with us in the days to come as we discern your Spirit’s leading in our future. Give your abundant grace, we pray, to all those nominated for the office of Bishop; endow members of Synod grace and wisdom as we meet to elect, in your name, a new Shepherd for your flock. Hold us all in your continuing love and be with us all as your mission of justice and peace reigns in our hearts, in your church, and in your world. Amen.
The Venerable Doctor David John Anderson
David, a graduate of Wycliffe College, was ordained a priest in 2001 and recently completed his Doctor of Ministry from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. Presently Rector of St. John the Evangelist Hamilton, he also served as Rector of All Saints Ridgeway and St. John Ridgemount Fort Erie.
His other areas of interest include working on a book, being a member of the Academy of Religious Leadership, a friend of St. Gregory’s Abbey in Three Rivers Michigan and an early endorser and continuing participant in Ekklesia Project.
He enjoys spending time with his family, motorcycling, sports-fishing and travelling.
The Reverend Canon Susan Jennifer Anne Bell
Susan, a graduate of Wycliffe College and Ph.D. candidate at St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology, was ordained priest in 1999 in Toronto Diocese. Presently she serves as Canon Missioner for Toronto Diocese and Associate Priest at St. Martin in the Fields Toronto, where she ministered as Assistant Curate. She worked as Chaplain at Havergal College in Toronto.
Her other areas of interest include academic work, vocal performance (she was a professional member of the parish choir at St. John’s Elora), a retreat leader (St. John’s Convent) and conference speaker (Poetry and Faith, St. Martin in the Fields).
The Reverend Canon David John Burrows
David, a graduate of Queen’s Theological College, St. John’s, NL, was ordained priest in 2001 in Niagara Diocese. Presently Rector of Ascension Parish Mount Pearl, Eastern Newfoundland Labrador Diocese, he served in several other Newfoundland parishes, as well as Associate Priest at St. Christopher’s Burlington.
His other areas of interest include a passion to eliminate poverty, participating in Dancing with the Priests fund raiser, competing in Targa’s International Motorsport Race to raise funds and awareness for the Autism Society.
He enjoys dancing, driving, walking, cycling, writing, hiking, kayaking, exploring beaches, as well as preparing and enjoying great food.
The Reverend Canon Robert Fead
Robert, a graduate of Western Ontario University, was ordained priest in 1994 (Roman Catholic Hamilton Diocese) and transferred Orders to Niagara Diocese in 2002. Presently Rector of St. Jude’s Oakville (serving there previously as Curate), he also ministered as Rector at St. George’s St. Catharines.
His other areas of interest include his ministry as Chaplain (Royal Canadian Chaplain Service Ottawa) to those serving in the Canadian Forces, travelling, skiing, camping and motorcycle trips.
He enjoys reading about spirituality, liturgy, ecumenism and church history, as well as Canadian military history and is a passionate sports fan.
The Reverend Canon Robert Hurkmans
Robert, a graduate of Wycliffe College and McMaster Divinity School, was ordained priest in 2004. Presently Rector of St. James & St. Brendan Port Colborne, he also served as Assistant Curate at St. Luke’s Burlington.
His other areas of interest include “Jubilee Acres”, a small farmstead where the family lives and raises pigs, cattle, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens and honeybees. Feeding animals, planting gardens, collecting eggs, chopping wood, baling hay and shoveling manure keep them busy. The family enjoys watching movies, playing games and camping.
He enjoys basketball, multimedia communications, listening to music and playing the guitar.
The Reverend Canon H. Stuart Pike
Stuart, a graduate of Huron University College, was ordained priest in 1989. Presently Rector of St. Luke’s Burlington, he served as Rector of St. Andrew’s Grimsby and Rector of Greater Parish of Gaspé in Quebec Diocese.
His other areas of interest include other cultures, travel, languages (fluent in English, French and Spanish) and contemplative prayer. He is interested in how art (visual, musical, narrative and poetic) seems to by-pass the cerebral cortex and makes direct connections to the soul.
He enjoys listening to and singing choral music, as well as camping and meeting people in beautiful natural settings.
The Reverend Canon Martha Tatarnic
Martha, a graduate of Trinity College Toronto, was ordained priest in 2005. Presently Rector of St. George’s St. Catharines, she served as Rector of St. David’s Anglican-Lutheran Church Orillia, Priest-in-Charge of St. Hilda’s Oakville as well as Pastoral Care Coordinator and Assistant Curate, St. Jude’s Oakville.
Her other areas of interest include music as a hobby, a form of prayer, a priority and joy. She plays the French horn and sings, but more than that she appreciates staying tuned in to the culture of music.
She enjoys running, cycling, reading, travelling, exploring new cities and sampling local cultures.