Stephen London elected bishop of Edmonton

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Brenda Still

London was elected on the fifth ballot of an electoral synod held June 26. Photo: Contributed

The Rev. Stephen London, rector of St. Thomas’ Anglican Church in Sherwood Park, Alta., was elected bishop of the diocese of Edmonton at an online electoral synod June 26.

London, whose consecration is set for Sept. 18, will succeed Jane Alexander, bishop from 2008 until April 2021.

In a post-synod interview posted on the diocese’s website, London said he wanted to undertake a “pilgrimage” of the diocese, talking with the people of every parish and praying in every church.

“Coming out of COVID, I don’t think any of us know where we are as a church,” he said. “And so now … I think we just need to take a physical and spiritual inventory. Who’s exhausted? Who’s hurting? Who has learned new things? Where does new ministry happen?”

London, 48 was born in Texas and received his M. Div. from Yale. He was ordained a priest in 2004 and has served in the diocese of Edmonton since that year. He is married to the Rev. Stephanie London, rector of St. Columba’s Anglican Church in Beaumont, Alta., and they have three children.

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Tali Folkins has worked as a staff reporter for the Law Times and the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal. His writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail and The United Church Observer.

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