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Meet the Candidates: The Right Reverend William Grant Cliff

My focus in ministry is to release the spiritual gifts in those around me in order to foster joyful proclamation of the life-changing and reconciling Gospel of Jesus; to draw people to Christ and to equip them to be agents of the Kingdom of God in their communities; and to send those disciples into the world filled with hope.

 

Educational Background

  • D.D. (honoris causa), Huron University College 2013
  • M.A. (Theology), The University of Western Ontario 2009
  • Thesis: The Prayers of Elizabeth I: Access, Display and Association
  • M.Div. (with honours), Huron University College 1992
  • B.A. (Religious Studies), Kings College at Western University 1989

 

Ordination Dates

  • Deacon: on 14th May 1992 by Bishop Robert Townshend of the Diocese of Huron
  • Priest: on 30th November 1992 by Archbishop Percy O’Driscoll of Huron
  • Consecrated Bishop: on 1st March 2016 by Archbishop Gregory Kerr-Wilson of Calgary

 

Appointments

  • VII Bishop of Brandon, 2016 – present
  • Canon Precentor of the Diocese of Huron, 2009-2015
  • Honourary Clerical Secretary of Synod, 2008-2015
  • Board Member − The Royal School of Church Music Canada, 2007-2011
  • Ethics Consultant − The Ontario Human Rights Commission, 2005-2009
  • Canon of the Cathedral Chapter − St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, Ontario,             2003-2015
  • Rector − The Collegiate Chapel of St. John the Evangelist, Huron University College,       2002-2015
  • Diocesan Liturgical Officer − The Diocese of Huron, 2002-2009
  • Chaplain and Honourary Inspector −Strathroy-Caradoc Police Service, 1999-2002
  • Chaplain − The Ministry of Youth, Diocese of Huron, 1999-2003
  • Rector − St. John the Evangelist, Strathroy and St. Ann’s Adelaide, 1998-2002
  • Human Rights Commissioner − Province of Ontario – Ontario Human Rights Commission, 1997-2004
  • Rector − St. James’ Hanover with Trinity Church Durham, 1995-1998
  • Assistant to the Rector − Trinity Church Simcoe, 1992-1995

 

National and International Work

  • Trustee − The General Synod Pension Plan, 2018-
  • Member − Communications Committee of the General Synod, 2019-2022
  • Secretary to the House of Bishops            2018-
  • Chair − Council of the North     2018-2021
  • Chair − Anglican Journal Co-ordinating Committee       2017-2019
  • Member − Anglican Journal Steering/Communications Committee working group           2017-2019
  • Member of General Synod           2013, 2016, 2019
  • Chaplain to Youth − General Synod 2001

 

Service within the Church

  • Doctrine and Worship Committee, Synod Organizational Committee, Executive Committee of the Diocese of Huron, Diocesan Music Workshops, Corporation of Huron University College, Finance and Property Committee.

 

Speaking, Articles, Academia (previous six years)

  • Keynote Speaker − ACW Annual − Diocese of Huron, 2019
  • Keynote Speaker − Provincial Synod of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario, 2018
  • Published “The Joy of the God who Shows Up” for December 2018 Anglican Journal and January 2019 Episcopal Journal Featured Workshop − CLAY National Conference, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, 2016
  • Monthly Columnist − Diocese of Brandon’s “Mustard Seed”, 2016-present
  • Featured Preacher − Shriving Service and Evensong – SS Peter and Paul Parish, Olney, Buckinghamshire, U.K. 2015
  • Featured Workshop − CLAY National Conference, Kamloops, British Columbia, 2014
  • Member − Clergy Consultation − St. George’s House, Windsor Castle − “Speaking about God”, 2014
  • Keynote Speaker − Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior − Living the Eucharistic Life, 2014
  • Keynote Speaker − Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador − Vocation Station Youth Conference, 2014
  • Keynote Speaker − St. George’s Church Wharncliffe Road Parish retreat − From Believer to Disciple, 2014
  • Published “The Eucharistic Canons of the Anglican Communion” for the Diocese of Huron, 2013
  • Keynote Speaker − Diocese of Edmonton – Holy Trinity Edmonton − Centenary Celebration, 2013
  • Keynote Speaker − Diocese of Brandon Ministry Conference “Joy in Community”, 2013
  • Instructor − St. Peter’s Seminary, London, Ontario – Ecumenism – Systematic Theology 5511B, 2012-2015

 

Memberships and Fellowships, Honours and Distinctions

  • Doctor of Divinity (Honoris Causa) Huron University College, 2013
  • Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal − for services to post-secondary education, 2012
  • Lifetime Achievement Award − Huron University College Alumni Association, 2007
  • Honourary Senior Fellow − Renison College at the University of Waterloo, 2007
  • Life Member − Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, 2001
  • Fellow − National College of Music and the Arts (London, UK), 2000
  • Member − The Guild of Church Musicians, 1999-present