This week, members of the Synod Office and All Saints’ Cathedral, hosted a staff lunch to give thanks for the ministry of Shelly and Richard King. Over the last seven years, Shelly and Richard’s leadership has enriched many areas of ministry in the diocese from office administration and communications to spiritual direction, the diaconate and college of clergy, parish ministry, mission and discipleship and beyond.
Recently, Shelly and Richard accepted an opportunity to minister in the Diocese of Canterbury, where Richard will begin as vicar of Cranbook Parish in October. This move will bring them much closer to their family in the UK. We are thrilled they will be able to be present, in person, for their soon-to-be-two-year-old granddaughter and other members of their family.
But this is bittersweet news for the Edmonton diocese. No challenge was too daunting for Shelly, whether it was keeping us organised and on track in the office, bringing together the community of deacons, or helping mentor spiritual directors. And we’ll miss Richard’s unbound enthusiasm for discipleship and his insightful and encouraging monthly contributions The Messenger.
We give thanks for Shelly and Richard who gracefully and graciously shared their gifts with the Edmonton diocese. We are stronger having worked with them. Group photo: Jay Adams