Archdeacon Graham Bland
Priest in Charge
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 5 grandchildren, William, Eloïse, Tiril, Abby and Zionna. When enjoying Sabbath-time, Graham loves being out in nature - walking or snowshoeing - and also reading and making things out of wood.