New Archdeacon of Hamilton-Haldimand Appointed

 on October 25, 2022

Bishop Susan Bell has appointed Terry DeForest, rector of St. Paul’s Westdale, to serve as Archdeacon of Hamilton-Haldimand, effective October 1.

“I am so pleased that Archdeacon DeForest has accepted this responsibility to share in the exercise of my episcopal ministry in this new way,” said Bishop Bell. “His vast knowledge of the diocese, along with his pastoral and administrative gifts, will once again make a wonderful contribution to the diocesan leadership team.”

Terry faithfully and conscientiously served the Diocese of Niagara through his work at Synod office as director of human resources, before retiring in the Spring of 2022. In addition to his ardent care for clergy, licensed lay workers, and diocesan employees, his outstanding leadership in ministry has furthered God’s mission throughout the diocese and beyond, particularly through his support of candidates for ordination and his leadership with the Ontario Provincial Commission on Theological Education and on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Council of Churches.

Bishop Susan also expresses her deep gratitude for Archdeacon David Anderson’s faithfulness, kindness, and pastoral discharge of his duties as regional archdeacon since 2015. As archdeacon, David has been a steady and guiding hand for the region, and his leadership was instrumental as the regions of Mohawk and Undermount joined together to become Hamilton-Haldimand. David took up his new responsibilities at St. Jude’s, Oakville as of October 1.

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