Two Announcements – Sunday March 14, 2021
Rev. Philippa Seagrave-Pride will be finishing her ministry with the parish of St Mark Ocean Park on Sunday April 11, 2021. The people of St Mark Ocean Park are very sorry to see her go, but want to wish Rev. Philippa all the best for her continued ministry in our Diocese. We want to express our heartfelt thanks to Rev. Philippa for her dedication, guidance, and wonderful support of our church family over the past 6 months.
We are excited to announce that Rev. Billy Isenor has been appointed as the new Rector of St Mark Ocean Park effective on July 1, 2021. We are very pleased that Rev. Billy, his wife and family will be joining us.
Thank you so much to the St Mark’s search committee members for all their patience and hard work over the past year, especially during these challenging times. We sincerely appreciate all your efforts on our behalf!
Below are a photograph and biography of Rev. Billy.
Reverend Billy Isenor
The Reverend Billy Isenor, OSF was first ordained on September 14, 2017 and has since served as rector of the parish of St. Augustine Parkland Anglican Church in Spruce Grove, AB. Prior to ordination, beginning 2005, he has served in a variety of ministries. He was a chaplain at Alberta Hospital; St. Francis of Assisi hospital in Philadelphia, PA; Edmonton Institute for Women; the Edmonton Institute (men’s maximum-security prison). He has also served as Associate Pastor at Inner City Pastoral Ministry; campus minister at St. Joseph’s College at the University of Alberta; and adjunct guest lecturer in Christology for vocational deacons through Newman Theological College. Additionally, he is a brother in the Anglican religious order called the Order of Saint Francis (St. Francis of Assisi). As a personal theological pursuit, he is enthusiastic about exploring how indigenous stories and practices intersect with Christianity.
Prior to living out his vocational calling, he worked as a chef at many restaurants in British Columbia. He won the title of Grand Gold for his cuisine in the Western Canadian Culinary Arts Festival in Kelowna, May 2002. Although most of his vocational experience speaks to his life being in Alberta, the Reverend Billy was born and raised in Penticton and he lived in Kelowna, and Vancouver in his career as a chef.
When not involved in serving the church, he has a keen interest in food, local wines, music (especially a good fiddle tune), art, and running. Additionally, he is an avid learner of his mother tongue (Michif) of the Metis people and is invited from time to time to share knowledge about the stories, traditions, practices and faith of the Metis.
Lastly, but certainly not least, he is a devoted husband to Danna. Together they have two wonderful children, Alison and Florence, who teach him many life lessons–he dubbs them the “little elders of the future.” The Reverend Billy and his family, including their new “little elder” (May 2021), look forward to joining the community at St. Mark’s – Ocean Park.
Please click HERE to download our Parish Profile which was published on the Diocese of New Westminster website in November 2020.
Please click HERE to download a letter from our St Mark Ocean Park Search Committee on Dec. 4, 2020, for information about the next steps the committee and St. Marks will take, in the search for a new Rector for our parish.