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Bishop Stephen London is pleased to appoint the Rev. Canon Chelsy Bouwman as Archdeacon for Rural Ministry, and the Rev. Jonathan Crane as Archdeacon for Mission and Discipleship in the Diocese of Edmonton. 

The Ven. Chelsy Bouwman is the rector of St. Thomas in Sherwood Park, and has served in several rural parishes, including St. John’s, Sedgewick; St. Mary the Virgin, Vegreville; and St. Matthew’s, Viking (disestablished).

In her previous role as Canon Pastor for Rural Ministry, Chelsy created a Rural Road Trip social media activity for families. This project led to a regular Road Trippin’ with the Rector column for the Anglican Messenger.

Chelsy is married to Jordan, and they have one child, Maks.

“Chelsy has a passion for rural ministry; its blessings and its challenges,” says Bishop Stephen.

“I’m excited to appoint Chelsy and Jonathan to their portfolios,” he says.

“I have always appreciated Jonathan’s approach to mission in the community in and around St. Augustine’s, as well as his work in building up people in their life of prayer and discipleship.”

The Ven. Jonathan Crane is a spiritual director with a specialty in walking people through the Ignatius Exercises.

In Edmonton, he is the rector of St. Augustine of Canterbury in the community of Fulton Place and previously served as the Assistant Priest at Holy Trinity in Old Strathcona.

Jonathan chairs the 5th Mark in Action (environmental justice) diocesan working group and serves on the Mission and Discipleship committee. He produced the podcast series The Land Wants Us to Live Differently Here for the Season of Creation. Together with its neighbourhood, St. Augustine’s under Jonathan’s leadership is nurturing its relationship with the land through the Rewilding initiative to incorporate restorative ecological design, education, and sacred community spaces.

Jonathan is married to Megan, and they have two children, Noah and Miriam.

Bishop Stephen is deeply grateful for the willingness of Chelsy and Jonathan to take on new leadership and to continue to witness to the love of God in this diocese during these challenging times.