Rupert’s Land elects ministry expert as new bishop

The Diocese of Rupert’s Land elected someone well-versed in various forms of ministry as its new bishop.

Ven. Donald D. Phillips, executive officer of the Diocese of Qu’Appelle, was elected March 25 on the fourth ballot from a slate of 11 candidates. He will be consecrated Tuesday, May 23.

He succeeds Bishop Patrick Lee, who retired in November, 1999.

Ordained as a priest in the Diocese of Athabasca in 1981, Bishop-elect Phillips served in Alberta parishes in Athabasca, Lac La Biche, St. Paul, Fort Chipewyan and St. Thomas, Fort McMurray, until 1987, when he accepted an appointment as Incumbent of St. Michael and All Angels, Moose Jaw, Sask., in the Diocese of Qu’Appelle.

In 1992 he was appointed to the newly-created position of ministries development co-ordinator in the Diocese of Qu’Appelle, to work with parishes exploring new forms of local ministry. He has made presentations at ministry conferences in Canada, the United States and England, served as chairperson of the Living Stones Diocesan Partnership (North America) from 1996 to 1998, and was the North American presenter at the Edward King Institute for Ministry Development at the University of Leicester, England.

In 1997, while continuing to oversee diocesan ministry development, he was appointed executive officer of the Diocese of Qu’Appelle.

Bishop-elect Phillips received his master of divinity degree from London’s Huron College, University of Western Ontario. He also holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemistry.

Bishop-elect Phillips is married to Nancy, a registered nurse in private practice. They have two teenaged sons, David and Peter.

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