Meet the Candidates: The Very Reverend Paul Millward

Let us dream of a church in which the Spirit is not a party symbol, but wind and fire in everyone; gracing the church with a kaleidoscope of gifts and constant renewal for all.

In many ways, these words, penned some thirty years ago by the late Wesley Frensdorff, former Bishop of Nevada, capture for me the basic truth and essence of ministry in our Church today as we seek to be disciples of Christ and evangelists in our time. It has been my privilege for over 21 years of ordained ministry to experience and share in that kaleidoscope of gifts within the Diocese of Huron as a parish priest, Regional Dean, Archdeacon and now Dean. I believe that the Holy Spirit is once again leading us into a time of renewal, a new and exciting, albeit anxiety-provoking, time of transformation as we look to the future and what it holds for us. As we move into this important time of discerning the gifts of leadership which will guide us into our future, my prayer is that it will be a time of sacred space, a time in which the giftedness of our church will flourish as we seek to be the church God created and intended us to be.

Biographical Information

  • Born in Paris, Ontario January 1st, 1962
  • Married to Tracy
  • Children: Christopher (Leily), Geoffrey, Erin; Grandchildren: Ziya, Elisa


Educational Background

  • OSSGS, Paris District High School, 1981
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Waterloo, 1995
  • Master of Divinity (with distinction), Huron University College, 1998


Ordination Dates

  • Deacon: June 11, 1998
  • Priest: Dec. 7, 1998


Parish Appointments

  • Rector, St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, Owen Sound, June 1998-November 2001
  • Rector, St. Jude’s Anglican Church, Brantford, December 2001-August 2004
  • Rector, Christ Church, Chatham, September 2004-2017
  • Rector and Dean, St. Paul’s Cathedral 2017- present


Diocesan Dignities

  • Regional Dean, Saugeens, January 2000-November 2001
  • Regional Dean, Brant, September 2003-September 2004
  • Regional Dean, Kent, January 2007-December 2008
  • Archdeacon of Kent/Lambton, April 2011-April 2017
  • Dean of Huron May 2017- present


Current Diocesan Committees

  • Bishop’s Commission on Ministry (BCOM)
  • Canons and Constitution Committee
  • Diocesan Council
  • Diocesan Executive Staff
  • Diocesan Sub Council
  • Doctrine and Worship Committee
  • Huron University College Corporation


Past Diocesan Committees

  • Back to Church Sunday Committee
  • Children’s Festival Committee
  • Church Location Advisory Committee (CLAC)
  • Field Education Supervisor
  • Fresh Start, Facilitator
  • Mohawk Chapel Committee
  • Parish Internship Committee (chair)
  • Postulancy Board, Advisor
  • Screening in Faith/Safe Church Committee


Provincial Synod

  • ACPO Advisor (3 occasions)
  • Delegate 2015, 2018
  • Provincial Council (current)


General Synod

  • 2019 Alternate Delegate


Work Experience/Community Involvement Outside the Church/

Personal Interests


  • Millward’s Supermarket Ltd., Paris, Ont., January 1975-December 1985
  • Village Market Ltd., (Knechtels), St. George and Burford, Ont., January 1986-August 1989
  • Cashway Building Centres, Store Planning Department, Mississauga, September 1989-December 1993


  • Legion Padre (Chatham)
  • Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite
  • Grand Prelate, Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem
  • Ontario Minor Hockey Association Trainer


  • Music, sports (hockey, golf, football), cooking, travelling, theatre