Archdeacon Graham Bland
Priest in Charge
John-Paul grew up in Waterloo Ontario. He did his undergraduate work at Franciscan University of Steubenville and went on to work in the field of youth ministry. He performed this ministry in schools, parishes and at the diocesan levels. He went on to get his Mdiv in Trinity college in the University of Toronto.
John-Paul’s believes his faith is firmly rooted in a relationship with Christ. He was greatly formed and influenced by his 3 years as a Franciscan brother in a “monastic” community. Now as an Anglican ‘Friar’ in the Order of Saint Francis he believes that God is to be found in the created reality around us, Gods voice is heard both in the writings of scripture and in the depths of our hearts. John-Paul seeks to serve this community in the marginalized weak and rejected, to draw the circle wide and welcome all to Gods family.
If he were to bring his idea of ministry down to one thing it would be tries to help make the gospel come alive for people and in people's lives.
Ruth was born and grew up in North Toronto and Willowdale, a suburb of Toronto. She and her twin brother, Bob are the youngest of six children. She attended Toronto Teachers’ College and then taught for 33 years in North York, York Region, Middlesex, and Haliburton County. Ruth is a Special Education specialist in Behavior and worked in that capacity at different “Section” schools where most of the students were incarcerated, as well as in the regular system. The final eight years of that career were as an Elementary principal in Trillium Lakelands District Board of Education (Haliburton).
Upon retirement in 1999, Ruth entered the M. Div. program at Wycliffe College at U, of T. Upon graduation and ordination to the Diaconate in 2002, she took up a curacy in Lakefield and was “priested” on November 30th, 2002 at All Saints, Peterborough. She was Incumbent of St. Mark’s, Midland followed by Christ Church, Campbellford. In 2010, Ruth began doing Interim Ministries, filling in when the priests moved on to elsewhere. The longest and most recent of six, was two years at the Parish of Millbrook, just south of Peterborough. In 2012, 2013, Ruth obtained diplomas in Cognitive Behavior Therapy from O.I.S.E., enlarging the tools available for assisting in pastoral work.
Ruth has three children, eight grandchildren and three “greats”. She is an avid animal lover and enjoys walking with her two dogs on some of the numerous trails.
Ruth moved to Owen Sound in June of 2017 wanting to have family members closer. She perceives herself as a backup person for Rev. Graham when he just cannot be in two places at once. Ruth is looking forward to getting to know many more of the congregation.
The Rev. Ruth Knapp B. A. M. Div.
Graham grew up in Manchester, England. He graduated in Economics and Sociology from the University of Leeds, where he had come to a more self-aware faith.
After 2 years teaching school on a Roman Catholic mission in the mountains of Papua New Guinea, Graham immigrated to Canada from the UK in 1976. He worked on the assembly-line at GM, studied Theology at Wycliffe College in Toronto and was ordained in the Diocese of Niagara in 1980. He served 5 years in Glen Williams, then for 3 years led the Anglican community and acted as school principal at St. Mary’s parish in Belém, northern Brazil. He came to Huron Diocese in 1988, serving 4 years as pastor of St. Stephen’s, London.
From 1992, Graham was for 18 years chaplain, and then Manager of Spiritual Care in Sarnia and London Hospitals; he is a certified Specialist with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. During those years, he served many parishes in an interim capacity, but returned to full-time parish ministry in 2011, here in Owen Sound.
As Archdeacon of the Saugeens, Graham acts on the bishop’s behalf to support parishes and clergy in Grey and Bruce Counties. As Chair of the Huron Stewardship Committee, he and his team offer leadership and resources to parishes across the Diocese to help them to thrive in serving their communities.
Graham’s core passion is to find ways to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ into healthy conversation with the wider society.
Graham married the Rev. Mona Goulette in 1996. They have 5 adult children in their 30s, and 3 grandchildren, William, Eloïse and Tiril. When enjoying Sabbath-time, Graham loves being out in nature - walking or snowshoeing - and also reading and making things out of wood.
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