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The Right Reverend Melissa Skelton

Elected on November 30th, 2013, Bishop Melissa Skelton was Consecrated and Installed as the 9th Bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada’s Diocese of New Westminster in Vancouver, British Columbia on St. David’s Day, March 1st, 2014. She is the first female diocesan bishop in the Diocese of New Westminster.

Bishop Skelton was born in the United States and educated at the University of Georgia (BA, 1973), The University of Chicago (MBA, 1989) and at the Protestant Episcopal Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia (Master of Divinity, 1990). She was ordained a priest in The Episcopal Church in 1993.

Bishop Skelton has worked at Proctor and Gamble as Brand Manager, at The General Theological Seminary as the Vice President for Administration, and at Tom’s of Maine as Vice President for Brand and Systems Development. She was Rector of St Paul’s Seattle, a parish with a deeply reverent worship life that tripled in size over the nine years she was its priest and leader.


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