Rev. Canon Paul Donison
(Staff) A Canadian priest has been invited to serve as the rector of one of the largest Anglican congregations in North America. The Rev. Canon Paul Donison has agreed to serve at Christ Church in Plano, Texas, an Anglican parish near Dallas with several thousand members. Donison is currently rector of St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Ottawa. Both churches are members of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).
Immigration could take up to six months for the family – Donison and his wife Monika have four young daughters – so he will remain as rector at the Ottawa church until the process has been completed. In the interim, Donison will visit the Texas parish frequently as a guest preacher.
Donison will succeed David Roseberry who founded Christ Church in 1985. Roseberry said he had prayed that God would “bring us a faithful pastor with a heart for prayer and a clear and compelling call to preach and teach his Word and lead us in worship ands mission. I am confident that Paul is such a person.”
The Search Committee reviewed over 70 formal applications during an international search spanning seven months. Donison had been nominated for Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh but now has removed his name from the ballot.
In 2009 Christ Church hosted the Inaugural Service at which ACNA was officially formed and Archbishop Robert Duncan was installed as its first Primate. The parish also became the driving force for the church planting movement, Anglican 1000 (now known as Always Forward).
St Peter & St Paul’s was originally founded as St George’s in 1885 and has met at the corner of Metcalfe and Gloucester in downtown Ottawa ever since. In 2008 the congregation voted overwhelmingly to join the Anglican Network in Canada (ANIC). A name change was legally required and, as has often been said by parishioners, “We traded in one saint, and got two in return.” The parish currently has an average Sunday attendance of 280.
Donison was called to St Peter & St Paul’s in 2009, having previously served as rector of parishes in Northern British Columbia, New Brunswick, and Eastern Ontario. He currently organizes ANiC’s annual diocesan synods and is a member of the American Anglican Council.
He received his Master of Divinity at Regent College in Vancouver and is currently working towards his doctorate at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. Prior to ordination he made his living as a stage actor and theatre instructor, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria.
Donison says he is passionate about “seeing ordinary Christians equipped for ministry through intentional discipleship.” TAP