With our minister of six and a half years, the Rev. Brian Krushel, accepting a call to Faith Lutheran in Kelowna, our Parish has been in transition since the end of August 2019. A committee was formed to do the necessary work for seeking our next minister in consultation with all three judicatories. Bishop Barbara Andrews from the Territory of the People took the lead among the judicatories, as we would be following the Anglican process.
There is good news to report! The Personnel Commission / Call Committee / Profile and Search Team, which usually was just referred to as the Parish Search Committee, has completed its work. After receiving affirmation from Bishop Greg Mohr of the BC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Rev. Victoria Andrews of the Pacific Mountain Regional Council of the United Church of Canada, the Bishop appointed the Rev. Bruce Chalmers to serve as the Priest/Minister/Pastor of the North Thompson Ecumenical Shared Ministry in mid-March. He will begin his work with us on June 15, 2020.
When the Parish Search Committee presented its recommendation to the congregations to receive affirmation of the recommendation, it reported that the Rev. Bruce Chalmers is a talented musician who said in the interview “Music is my prayer”.
In the letter informing the Parish of the decision, Bishop Barbara writes
Bruce is an Anglican priest who comes to you having served for many years in ecumenical shared ministries most recently at St. Mary’s Sorrento BC. Bruce will bring a unique set of gifts and skills to his ministry amongst you and I know you will welcome him with enthusiasm as part of the Territory of the People and our ecumenical family.
The Rev. Bruce Chalmers’ first Sunday in both congregations will be on June 21, 2020. A Celebration of New Ministry will be organized once one can be arranged with all three denominations.