Reverend Billy Isenor, OSF was first ordained on September 14, 2017 and served as rector of St. Augustine Parkland Anglican Church in Spruce Grove, Alberta. 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 three wonderful children, Alison, Florence, and Micah who teach him many life lessons – he dubbs them the “little elders of the future.” Reverend Billy and his family are very pleased to join our community at St Mark Ocean Park.