Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Bob Bennett Elected Bishop of Huron

Bishop Bob BennettOn Saturday, October 25, the Rt. Rev. Robert Bennett was elected the 12th Bishop of Huron.   On the second ballot, he received 111 votes from the clergy and 263 from the laity, Rev. Canon Christopher Pratt received 15 clergy and 45 lay votes. Dean Terry Dance, Archdeacon Richard Salt, Rev. Canon Kim Van Allen and Dean Peter Wall all dropped out after the first ballot.

Bishop Bennett has been Bishop of Norfolk, the Suffragan Bishop of Huron since 2002.   Just before the election he answered the question What do you see as our Diocese’s greatest opportunity, and, its greatest challenge? by saying:

"We have just come through our 150th anniversary year as a diocese.   Our sesquicentennial was an opportunity to celebrate who we are and what has shaped us as a diocesan family.   We certainly did it well! We are also at the tail end of the 'Who is my neighbour?' study that will reveal in some detail who we are as the Huron of 2008.   The challenge before us is to use the 'bounce' of the 150th and the detailed data contained within the study to garner the energy and hopefulness to actually make the journey God wills for us.   The roadblocks are well known to all of us including lethargy, fatigue, aging congregants, too many old and inappropriately located buildings as well as a dearth of young persons and young adults.   The initial response by the diocese to these challenges is rather exciting by adding three new ministries (youth-stewardship-congregational development).   The next few years in our corporate life look very exciting."

Bishop Bennett will be enthroned January 10th, 2009.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Robert Franklin Bennett

Bishop Robert Franklin BennettSt Mark's Anglican, Brantford, OntarioThe Rt. Rev. Robert Bennett is a nominee for Bishop of Huron in the election to be held this Saturday.   He is the Suffragan Bishop of Huron (Bishop of Norfolk).   He was elected Suffragan June 15, 2002 and consecrated Sept. 14, 2002, Holy Cross Day.

Robert Bennett received a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in 1971; Master of Divinity from Huron College in 1974; and Doctor of Divinity Huron University College in 2003.   Bishop Bob was ordained deacon May 1974 and priested May 8, 1975.

His parish appointments have all been in the Diocese of Huron:
Deacon in Charge, 1974, St. John's, Simcoe, Woodhouse and Memorial Church, Port Ryerse, Ontario
Assistant Curate, 1974, Trinity Church, Simcoe
Rector, 1975-1980, Holy Trinity, Chesley; Christ Church, Tara and Church of The Ascension, Paisley
Rector, 1980-1986, St. George's of Forest Hill, Kitchener, Ontario
Rector, 1986-1991, St. Mark's, Brantford, Ontario (window shown right)
Rector, 1991-2002, All Saints', Windsor, Ontario

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Terrance Arthur Dance

Terrance Arthur DanceSt Paul's Anglican Cathedral, London, OntarioDean Terry Dance is a candidate for Bishop of Huron. Since 2001, he has been Rector of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, Ontario (shown right).

Terrance Dance received a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in 1973; Master of Divinity from Huron College in 1976; and Doctor of Divinity (juris dignitatis) Huron University College in 2006.   Dean Dance was ordained deacon in 1976 and priested the following year.

His previous parish appointments have been:
Assistant Curate, 1976-1978, St. John the Evangelist, London, Ontario
Director, 1978-1980, Genesis Storefront Ministry, Westmount Mall, London, Ontario
Rector, 1980-1983, Holy Trinity Chesley, Church of the Ascension Paisley and Christ Church Tara
Rector, 1983-1987, St. John's, Sandwich, Windsor, Ontario
Rector, 1987-2001, Trinity Church, Simcoe, Ontario

His community involvement includes being Chaplain Inspector, Western Region, Ontario Provincial Police since 1997.

Saturday, October 18, 2008


Christopher B.J. Pratt

Christopher B.J. PrattRev. Canon Christopher Pratt is 1 of the 6 nominees for Bishop of Huron.   He has been Rector of St. John the Evangelist Church, Kitchener, Ontario since 2004.

St John's Church, Sandwich, Windsor, OntarioChristopher Pratt was born in Chicago, Illinois.   In 1976, he graduated from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton majoring in Military History and Political Science.   In 1980, he completed a Master of Divinity degree at Trinity College, Toronto.   Canon Pratt was ordained deacon on January 4, 1979 and priest on December 14, 1980.

His parish appointments have been:
Student Assistant 1978, Holy Trinity Church Philadelphia, Diocese of Pennsylvania
Summer Student 1977, Parish of Westfield, Diocese of Fredericton
Deacon, 1979-1980. Parish of Beeton, Tottenham, Diocese of Toronto
Rector, 1980-1983, Parish of New Maryland, Diocese of Fredericton
Rector, 1983-1988, Parish of Saint John, Diocese of Fredericton
Rector, 1988-1993, St. John, Sandwich, Windsor, Ontario (shown right)
Rector, 1993-2004, St. George's Owen Sound, Ontario

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Richard J. Salt

Richard J. SaltSt. Anne's Church, Richmond, QuebecArchdeacon Richard Salt is a nominee for Bishop of Huron in the election to be held October 25. He is Archdeacon of Kent/Lambton and has been Rector of Trinity Church, Sarnia, Ontario since 1991.

Richard Salt graduated from Bishop's University, Lennoxville, Quebec in 1971 with a B.A. in Economics. He then took Private Studies in Theology with the late Dr. R.L. Slater.

Archdeacon Salt was ordained deacon on September 15, 1974 and priest on June 26, 1977. His first posting was as Incumbent of St. Clement’s Mission (Center), a three point parish located on Quebec's Lower North Shore. In 1986, he then became Rector of St. Anne's Church, Richmond, Quebec (shown right). He was there for 5 years before assuming his current position in Sarnia.

His column "A Grain of Salt" has been appearing in the Huron Church News since 1998.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Kimberly Dawn Van Allen

Grace Church, Ilderton, OntarioKimberly Dawn Van AllenRev. Canon Kim Van Allen is nominated for Bishop of Huron.   She is presently Rector of All Saints' Church, Windsor, Ontario.   The electoral synod will be held on October 25, 2008 at St Paul's Cathedral.

Canon Kim Van Allen was raised in Kitchener and London, Ontario.   She graduated from University of Western Ontario in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.   She then worked for 15 years for Bell Canada becoming Manager, Network Provisioning, managing a budget larger than that of the Diocese of Huron.

In 1997, she received a Master of Divinity degree from Huron University College. She was ordained deacon on May 15, 1997 and a priest on November 27, 1997.   Her first appointment was as Assistant Curate, New St. Paul's Church, Woodstock (now called the Church of the Epiphany).   From February 2000 to February 2004, she was rector of St. George's, Middlesex Centre & Grace Church, Ilderton (shown right).   In February 2004, she became Rector of the Church of St. Alban the Martyr, London, Ontario and in November 2007, assumed her current position at All Saints'.

Sunday, October 12, 2008


Peter Allan Wall

Christ Church Cathedral, Hamilton, OntarioDean Peter Allan Wall
The Very Rev. Peter Wall is one of 6 nominees for election as the 12th Bishop of Huron.   He is Dean of the Diocese of Niagara and Rector of Christ's Church Cathedral, Hamilton (shown right).

Peter Wall was born in Kingston, Ontario and raised in London, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta.   In 1979, he received a Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree from the University of Toronto then in 1989, a Master of Divinity degree (with Distinction) from the University of Western Ontario.

Dean Wall was ordained a deacon on May 17, 1989 and priested on November 30, 1989.   His first appointment was St. Mark's-by-the-Lake, St. Clair Beach where he was Deacon in Charge, July - December 1989 and Rector, December 1989 - July 1993.   He was Rector of Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church, London from July 1993 - November 1998 before moving to his current position.

Dean Wall is presently the Anglican Co-Chair of the Lutheran-Anglican Joint Commission, Canada; Diocesan Liturgical Officer, Diocese of Niagara; member of the Diocese of Niagara Synod Council; a director of the Anglican Foundation of Canada; Chaplain, Hamilton Fire Department; and Chaplain, Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

Dean Wall is one of the Three Cantors. For the group's contributions to community building, and to fund-raising to alleviate world hunger, Dean Wall was made an Honorary Life Member, The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund and also Honorary Senior Fellow, Renison College.