Meet the Candidates: The Reverend Canon Dr. Todd Townshend

Above all else, I seek to be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. The gift of this vocation has led me to focus on community leadership and service at work and at home. Fostering healthy communities is the primary goal of my work in ministry as a Christian priest, as a theological educator/administrator, and as a husband, father, and friend. Often, this is a ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:16-20). After19 years serving as a parish priest, 19 years teaching in a university/seminary, and 27 years of marriage, I have developed gifts as a learner and teacher, a collaborator, a catalyst, a communicator, a pastor, a partner, and a parent.

Post-Secondary Education

  • Doctor of Theology, Th.D. University of Toronto and Wycliffe College, Pastoral Theology; Homiletics, Dissertation: “The Sacramentality of Preaching”, 2007
  • Master of Divinity, M.Div. (with Honors), Huron University College, University of Western Ontario, 1992
  • Bachelor of Science, B.Sc., University of Waterloo, 1989


Work Experience “Outside” the Church

  • Dean, Faculty of Theology, Huron University College, London, Ontario, 2013-present
    Chief Academic and Administrative Officer and member of Senior Leadership Team; University administration and leadership in Theological Education
  • Associate Professor of Contextual Theology, 2011-2013
    Director of Field Education, Faculty of Theology, Huron University College; Directed the program providing field education and contextual learning for students in the Master of Divinity program. Taught courses in Liturgical Theology, Contextual Theology, Preaching, Theology of Ordination, and some senior undergraduate courses.
  • University Instructor, 1999-2012
    Part-time, and for seven years half-time, teaching courses in Pastoral Theology, Preaching, and other topics related to church life and leadership. Primarily at Huron University College, also at Renison University College, Canterbury College, and in other settings.
  • Student Work, 1982-90: Jobs ranging from restaurants, retail, landscaping, warehousing, counsellor at summer sports camp, and sales.


Details of Ordination

  • Ordained Deacon: May 14th, 1992 – Diocese of Huron
  • Ordained Priest: November 30th, 1992 – Diocese of Huron
  • Dignity: “Canon Theologian”, Diocese of Huron, 2009


Church Appointments

  • Rector / Associate Priest / Priest in Charge (variously), Chapel of St. John the Evangelist, Huron University College, London, ON, 2011-present
  • Rector, St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, London, ON, 2009 – 2011
  • Associate Rector (Co-Rector), St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, London, ON 2002 – 2009 (Dual, shared appointment with Huron University College)
  • Associate Priest, half-time, St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, London, ON, 1997 – 2001


While in graduate school:

  • Rector, St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Dorchester, ON, 1994 – 1997
  • Assistant Priest to the Dean and Rector, St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, London, ON, 1992 – 1994


Church Service/Leadership (abridged)

Diocese of Huron:

  • Chair, Doctrine and Worship Committee
  • Elected Member, Diocesan Council
  • Elected Member, Diocesan Sub-Council
  • Chair of the Diocesan Youth Ministry Committee


General and Provincial Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada:

  • Chair, Theological Education Commission (reporting to General Synod 2013)
  • Elected Member, General Synod 2010, 2013, and 2016, Provincial 2012
  • Member / Vice-Chair, Pension Committee – and its Continuing Education Unit


Personal / Family

  • Born: 1967
  • Married: 1992, Stacey
  • Children: Tyne (’03), Seth (’05), Samuel (’10)