Synod of Fredericton

Synod 2014

10 May

Christ Church (Parish) Church, Fredericton
Bishop of Fredericton

Canon Three - Election of Bishops

Election of Bishops Q&A

Diocesan Profile

Notice of Meeting - Call for Nominations

Instructions for Nominators
Nomination Form (Form 3B)
Biographical Info (Form 3C)


Prayers for the Election of a Bishop

ALMIGHTY God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese, and those who will offer themselves for the same, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ALMIGHTY God, giver of all good things, who by thy Holy Spirit hast appointed divers Orders of Ministers in thy Church: Mercifully behold thy servants called to the work and ministry of a Bishop; and replenish them so with the truth of thy doctrine, and adorn them with innocency of life, that both by word and deed they may faithfully serve thee in this office, to the glory of thy Name, and the edifying and well-governing of thy Church; through the merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

O God, who by thy Holy Spirit didst preside in the Council of the blessed Apostles, and hast promised, through thy Son Jesus Christ, to be with thy Church to the end of the world: We beseech thee to be present with the Diocesan Electoral Synod to be assembled in thy Name. Save its members from all error, ignorance, pride, and prejudice; and of thy great mercy vouchsafe so to direct, govern, and sanctify them in their deliberations by thy Holy Spirit, that through thy blessing the Gospel of Christ may be faithfully preached and obeyed, the order and discipline of thy Church maintained, and the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour enlarged and extended. Grant this, we beseech thee, through the merits and mediation of the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Synod Leadership and Committees

Synod Chair: The Rt. Rev'd Percy Coffin
Nomination Review Committee: Mr. Clyde Spinney, Q.C.
Credentials Committee: Mr. Ashley Sobey
Scrutineers: Mr. Jim Morrell

Election Resources

Election Result

The Ven. David Edwards was elected coadjutor bishop on the fourth ballot.

David Edwards

Bishop Coadjutor Elect
David Edwards

Archdeacon David Edwards is the diocesan Parish Development Officer as well as the acting Archdeacon of St. Andrews. He came to this diocese from the Chelmsford Diocese in England in 1998 as principal of Taylor College of Evangelism, the Canadian Church Army College in Saint John. While in that position he served as Eucharistic minister at St. James Broad Street and later as interim minister of St. John’s (Stone) Church. In 2002 he was appointed rector at Stone Church and in 2010 was appointed Archdeacon of Saint John. He left those positions in 2011 when he accepted parish development/planned giving positions for the diocese. His appointments in Chelmsford included Bishop’s Adviser in Evangelism, Mission and Education Minister for Ongar Deanery and incumbent at St. Mary High Ongar with Norton Mandeville. He interrupted his PhD work on “The Proclamation of the Christian Gospel in a Post Modern Culture” at the University of Kent at Canterbury to come to Canada. He is now enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program at Acadia College of Divinity. He holds diplomas, bachelors and master’s degrees and postgraduate certificates in English, history, education, evangelism studies and theology. He was ordained to the diaconate in 1995 and to the priesthood in 1996 by the Bishop of Chelmsford. Archdeacon Edwards was born in 1960 and enjoys sports (particularly soccer and cricket), gardening and reading.

Updated 16-May-2014
Diocese of Fredericton