Clergy and Staff

The Rt. Rev'd David Edwards, Bishop of Fredericton

The Right Reverend David Edwards was born and educated in Shropshire, England. He studied at Loughborough University and Homerton College Cambridge and worked as a high school history teacher prior to completing diplomas in Religious and Evangelism Studies followed by a Masters of Arts in Applied Theology at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Both prior to and following his ordination in 1995, Bishop Edwards served in ministry in the Chelmsford Diocese in England, including as Bishop’s Advisor in Evangelism and in the Parish of High Ongar. He moved to New Brunswick in 1998 to be Principal of Taylor College of Evangelism. He has also served in parishes in Saint John and as Parish Development Officer for the Diocese of Fredericton.

David was elected coadjutor bishop in June, 2014 and, subsequently, installed as the tenth Bishop of Fredericton in September. He was awarded an Honourary Doctor of Divinity from Wycliffe College (University of Toronto) in May, 2015. Until very recently, David also served as Vice-Chair of Safe Harbour Transitional Youth Services in Saint John. He is married to Janet Edwards.

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The Very Rev'd Geoffrey Hall, BEd, MDiv, Dean of Fredericton

gmhallGeoffrey Hall has been Dean of Fredericton since September 2014. As a priest of the Diocese of Fredericton, he is the appointed priest at Christ Church Cathedral and serves a canonical role in the Diocese outlined in Canon Four s.5 and in the By-Law of Christ Church Cathedral.

Geoffrey holds a BEd (Major-Secondary Environmental Studies, Minor-General Science) from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton (1986) and was admitted to the degree of Master of Divinity (MDiv) at Atlantic School of Theology (1990). In the Diocese he has served in the parishes of St. Phillip’s, Moncton, Central Kings, St. Paul, the Tobique, Grand Bay, Ketepec, as Archdeacon of St. Andrews (2001-2003) and was Diocesan Archdeacon and Executive Assistant to Bishop Claude Miller (2003-2014). Originally from Woodstock NB, Geoffrey is married to Kelley and feels called particularly to ministries of Christian proclamation and faith development. He enjoys music and the casual study of things technological, especially that which enables and enhances communication. When not attending to the duties of ministry, spending time with family (two grandchildren!), experimenting with some of what is possible with computer-based technology and the internet and making a bit of wine all keep him more than occupied.

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Cathedral Staff

Ms. Fran Miles, Administrative Assistant (full-time)

f_milesFran was born and brought up in Maugerville, just outside of Fredericton. She attended university here and following graduation moved to Quebec where she taught junior high and high school for several years in various areas of the province, before returning to Fredericton for family matters. She enjoys very much expressing her service for our Lord by working for the Cathedral and the Cathedral family. She adores dogs and gardening.

(506) 450-8500

Mr. David Drinkell, BA, FRCO(CHM), ADCM, ARCM, Director of Music (half-time)

d_drinkell2David Drinkell, from Colchester, England, has been a church organist since the age of twelve.  After gaining his degree at Bristol University and a teaching qualification at Cambridge, he was responsible for the music at St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast and St. John’s Cathedral, Newfoundland, coming to Fredericton in 2016.  He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, Associate of the Royal College of Music and holds the Archbishop’s Diploma in Church Music.

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Mr. Louis McKnight, Sexton (full-time)

l_mcknightLou has spent most of his life in Sussex, where he was born. He spent 33 years working for the Town of Sussex, both as a recreation maintenance man at the arena, and as an equipment operator at the works garage. He and his wife, Gisele (diocesan communications officer) moved to the Fredericton area in 2012 for Gisele’s work. Since then, Lou has worked at the Grant Harvey Centre and Kings Landing.
He is very happy to be the Cathedral sexton. He loves to tinker and tear things apart in his garage. He is a whiz with bicycle and lawn mower repair and loves to build and fix things. His favourite “toy” is his 4-wheeler. Lou and Gisele have two grown daughters. Ashley is a librarian, and Jacqueline is studying to be a social worker.

(506) 478-1813

Mrs. Kathleen Snow, RN, BN, Parish Nurse (half-time)

k_snowKathleen commenced her role as Parish Nurse on September 1, 2016. She has a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of New Brunswick and she holds certificates in Adult Education, Advanced Mediation, Parish Nursing and Privacy. Kathleen’s work experience includes staff nurse and later nurse manager in Labour and Delivery at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital. She worked as Patient Advocate for Horizon Health Authority and she held the position of Chief Privacy Officer prior to her retirement from Horizon. Kathleen is passionate about sharing her faith, and has led a home Bible Study for women for many years. She has been an active member of Mothers’ Union for over 30 years; she is currently a Regional Trainer and Facilitator for the worldwide Mothers’ Union Parenting Program. In 2018 she was elected to sit on the Mothers’ Union worldwide Board of Trustees as the Zone B Trustee for Canada, USA, West Indies, Brazil and South America. She is married to Tim, and has three sons. She loves to run, garden, walk Maude, and enjoys Sunday lunch with her mother Margaret.

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Mr. Kurt Schmidt, BA, MEd, Director of Christian Formation (half-time)

Born in Illinois but raised in Littleton, Colorado, Kurt has lived in Fredericton since 2006.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College (1997—major in Mathematics, minor in African Studies) and an MEd from the Institute for Humane Education in Surry, Maine (2011).

Kurt considers himself an educator at heart, and has spent the last 15 years working as a teacher in diverse contexts and at various levels.  Kurt’s own spiritual journey includes formative periods among his Jesuit teachers and mentors in high school, with monastic friends during university, and alongside members of L’Arche communities in both Canada and the United States.

A lover of music, dogs, poetry and soccer (the real football!), Kurt lives in downtown Fredericton with his wife Catherine (an occupational therapist) and daughter Rachel (launching into her second decade).

Kurt says he is honoured and blessed to be part of the Staff Team as Director of Christian Formation, serving God and the dynamic Cathedral congregation.

(506) 259-3711

Mr. Hank Williams, Verger (honorarium)

h_williamsHank was born the second of twins in 1948 and grew up in north Alabama. His parents were both teachers as was one of his two sisters (who taught math) and his twin brother who taught Spanish and German in Atlanta. Hank completed a BA in French at Jacksonville State University in 1971, MAT in French at the University of Maine at Orono in 1972 and moved to New Brunswick that year to teach French. He likes to joke that with his southern accent he has been accused of speaking neither one of the official languages of this country! Hank taught school in Minto for two years and then in Fredericton Junction for the next 26, retiring in 2000.

In late 1979, Hank came to the Cathedral, making it his spiritual home, joining the adult the choir in 1980. Following retirement, Hank was approached by the current dean to train the summer guides and then in June of 2001 made an invitation to become verger. Hank had mixed feelings about the position, primarily due to having to look after the sound system, but overcame that “fear” and took the job on as a “full-time/part-time” basis. Due to health reasons, Hank stepped down in August of 2011 but with the post coming open again in October of 2014, rejoined the staff and hasn’t not looked back. It is a pleasure to serve the congregation, however he especially likes meeting the public through the supervision of the guides.

Hank’s main interests are the study of foreign languages (French, German, Spanish, Russian, and Welsh), music, reading, animals (cats in particular), cooking, the study of flags, family history, and collecting prints by Harrison Fisher. With these interests as well as the verger post, Hank says his life is both very full and never dull!

Listen to the Hank Williams – 2 Minutes for Ministry (04 February 2018)

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Honorary Assisting Clergy

Honorary Assistants

The Ven. Patricia Drummond
The Rev’d Canon Jon Lownds
The Rev’d Canon Tom Smith