The Rev. Alex Wilson is our full time Priest in Charge, having being been ordained priest on June 18, 2016 by the Rt. Rev. Melissa Skelton, Bishop of New Westminster. Alex joined the parish in July 2015 as transitional deacon, and was asked by the Bishop to carry on as priest in charge after the retirement of Rev. Harold Munn in June 2016.
Are you new to St. Anselm’s, the Anglican Church, or faith? Maybe you are wondering what it is we do here? Alex would love to get together and discuss these questions and any others you may have. Get in touch with him so he can grab a coffee with you soon.
Alex was born in Vancouver, and is the eldest of two boys. As a cradle Anglican, Alex has been involved in the life of the church in many different ways and continues to find fascinating ways to incorporate new people into the ministry of the Church. It was this fascinating incorporation that brought him into ordained ministry and helped cement his faith early in his life.
Having received his Bachelors Degree in June 2012 from Simon Fraser University in Sociology and Anthropology, Alex concurrently finished the Education for Ministry program locally and eventually mentored the program for three years. After his undergraduate work Alex relocated to Toronto and attended Trinity College, graduating with a Masters of Divinity, honours, in May 2015. Alex’s honours thesis entitled “ But If The Salt?: The Salinization of an Anglican Voice in the Secular state,” sought to investigate the implications of “But if the Salt” found in Matthew 5:13-16 through the lens of Anglican polity as applied to an inter-religious dialogue in the secular Canadian landscape. Alex hopes to use his thesis work as a foundation into further applied study in the future.
Alex was ordained a Transitional Deacon on June 28, 2015, by the Rt. Rev. Melissa Skelton, and appointed to a two-year curacy at St. Anselms. It is the intention of his placement to form him in the work of parish ministry, with specific passions for sustainable community development, students, and spiritual formation through the sacraments. Alex has a deep connection to monastic spirituality and is a member of the fellowship of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, an Anglican order in Cambridge Massachusetts.
Alex has a passion for social media, traveling, cooking, baking, and road trips to new places. He is an avid outdoors person, walker, lover of good coffee, and a person of deep prayer.