To glorify Jesus Christ by joyfully proclaiming ‘ancient faith for today’s world’.
Worshiping the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit through liturgy under the anointing and leading of the Holy Spirit.
Making prayer the heartbeat and centre of all we are and do, giving life to the body and ensuring vibrant health and fruitfulness.
Living in fidelity to the Faith contained in the Holy Scriptures and handed down to us by the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Joining God in his great mission of redemption by proclaiming the good news of the kingdom in word, deed and sacrament, and calling all people to discipleship in Jesus’ name.
Pursuing emotional, spiritual and physical healing through the redeeming, sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit.
Being a growing, committed, welcoming and happy family where people are loved, cared for, supported, encouraged and strengthened in their faith.
Helping every baptized person become more like Christ and discover a meaningful place of service.
Counting ourselves in the lineage of the Anglican way and united to the universal Church through the worldwide Anglican Communion.
What We Believe
THE BASIS OF OUR FAITH
The Revelation of God in Christ
First and foremost our faith is in God, who has made himself known to us in Christ. That is to say, our faith springs from God’s revelation of himself in history in a particular person, our Lord Jesus Christ. Our faith is not based on merely sentimental religious feelings or moral convictions, but on God’s specific historical intervention into human affairs through the incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Christ.
Holy Scripture witnesses to this revelation, and based on Scripture’s testimony we affirm that Jesus Christ is the Lord of creation and the Saviour of the Church.
We do not read Scripture in isolation from the life of the Church. We must look to Scripture, but also to the Church’s traditional understanding of Scripture as faithfully received by the universal Church. The authority of the Church’s “doctrinal formulations ought always to be interpreted as resting, at least in part, upon the acceptance of these by the whole body of the faith” (Doctrine in the Church of England: The Report of the Commission on Christian Doctrine Appointed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 1922, p. 35).
The creeds of the Church (of which the Apostle’s, Nicene, and Athanasian are the most important and most widely received) are a part of great tradition to which we adhere.
A CREEDAL FAITH
Unlike other churches that emerged from the Reformation of the sixteenth century, Anglicanism looks to no single theologian, such as Calvin for the Reformed churches or Luther for Lutheran churches. Nor does Anglicanism unite around a particular doctrinal emphasis such as Baptism for Anabapstist churches, or spiritual gifts for Pentecostal churches.
Instead, Saint Matthew’s sits in the creedal tradition of the universal church, looking to the Apostle’s Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasiun Creed as signposts pointing to the central tenets of faith that unite all Christians everywhere.
THE APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again
to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
RECTOR - The Rev. Canon Mike Stewart
Mike is the Rector (Lead Pastor) of Saint Matthew’s. He trained at Saint John’s Theological College in Nottingham, UK, and was ordained Deacon at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London in 1989. After being ordained as a Priest in 1990, Mike served as Curate at St. Pauls Ealing in West London for four years. Then for nine years he was the Vicar of St. Cuthbert’s North Wembley, London. Mike came to Saint Matthew’s as Associate Priest in 2002 and was made Rector in 2009. Mike has written two books, No Crowds Present, published in 2007, and Taking Prayer Seriously, published as a part of the Anglican Agenda Series. Mike is married to Marianne and has five children: Naomi, Evangeline, Caleb, Kezia and Malachi. At heart Mike is a contemplative Priest with a love for Jesus, a love for God’s people and a desire to help people to live continuously in God’s presence.
ASST. PRIEST – The Rev. Dr. Ken Deeks
Ken is is the Vice President, Academics of Pacific Life Bible College www.pacificlife.edu in Surrey, BC and has been an Assisting Priest at Saint Matthew’s since 2008. He is engaged in a ministry of speaking, teaching, disciple-making, and writing and frequently speaks at various ANiC parishes in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Ken was ordained to the deaconate in 2007, and to the priesthood in Easter 2008. Ken’s desire is to bring God joy by continually striving to be a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ, a loving companion to his wife Joan, a nurturing mentor to emerging leaders, and an effective teacher of God’s people.
DEACON - The Rev. Don Gardner
Don has lived in Abbotsford off and on since 1980 and has been a part of the Saint Matthew’s community since 1993. In the early 90′s he sensed Our Lord calling him to the vocational deaconate, an ordained ministry that includes serving in the Church while working in the community. He began the Education for Ministry program in 1996, finished his formal training in 2000, and was ordained shortly after. Don is married to Silvia, is a father of three, grandfather of three, and a great-grandfather of two. Don’s primary duties are assisting in leading Sunday worship, baptism preparation, and hospital visiting.
ASSOC. PRIEST - The Rev. David McElrea
David is a native Vancouverite and a graduate of Regent College. He came to Saint Matthew’s in August 2010. Before pursuing his degree, David spent twelve years on the mission field, serving in such diverse nations as Albania, Portugal, Kazakhstan, and the United Kingdom. David is married to Kjersti, who is originally from Norway, and has two children, Aidan and Emma. His life mission is to know God and to make him known, both in the Church and in the world, through Word and Sacrament.
CURATE - The Rev. Bob Bailey
For many years Bob has been active in church and para-church ministry and brings years of business experience and well established community roots to Saint Matthew’s. Ordained as a Deacon in 2014 and as a Priest in 2017, Bob is currently fulfilling a long held goal in the MDiv Programme at Regent College, UBC.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: Mary Oswald
Mary has worked in the office at Saint Matthew’s since December 2015. She lives in Abbotsford with her husband, Garth.
VERGER: Gordon MacKinnon
The Parish Council works with the Rector and other Clergy to give spiritual and administrative guidance to the parish.
The Rector’s Warden is appointed and the People’s Warden and eight Councillors are elected by the Vestry, which is an Annual Meeting of the Members of Saint Matthew’s.
Anglican Church In North America (ACNA)
The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach, Archbishop
Archbishop Beach’s passion is to share the Word of God in such a way as to help others discover the incredible living Jesus. Beach served as the Rector and Pastor of Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, GA, from its founding in February 2004, until December, 2013. On October 9, 2010, he was consecrated in Atlanta, Georgia as
the first Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South in the Anglican Church in North America. Beach is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the School of Theology at the University of the South, and Georgia State University.
Diocese of the Anglican Network In Canada (ANiC)
The Rt. Rev. Charles Masters, Diocesan Bishop
Charlie was consecrated a Bishop in the Church of God on November 13, 2009 in St. Catharines, Ontario and became Area Bishop for Ontario and Eastern Canada. In November 2012, he was elected Coadjutor Bishop and succeeded Bishop Donald Harvey as Diocesan Bishop on June 29, 2014. He also serves the Anglican Church in North America as a member of the Archbishop’s cabinet. Until June 1, 2008 when he became ANiC’s National Director, Charlie was Rector of St. George’s Lowville in the Diocese of Niagara – a parish he served for most of his ministry. Evangelism is Charlie’s passion and the thrust of a booklet he authored, “The Gospel Still Works.”
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Trevor Walters, Suffragen Bishop (Western Canada)
Trevor was consecrated a bishop in the Church of God on November 13, 2009 in St. Catharines, Ontario. He was a former Rector at Saint Matthew’s and Territorial Archdeacon for ANiC. Prior to moving to Abbotsford, he was Executive Director of the Entheos Retreat and Conference Centre in Calgary, Chaplain at the University of Calgary, Curate of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Calgary, and a high school teacher in Bermondsey, London, UK. Bishop Trevor has invested more than 30 years in Anglican Church ministries. He cherishes Anglicanism for its “historic, comprehensive, breadth of character”. Bishop Trevor explains his love of the West Coast saying, “Mountains and oceans are where my heart sings.”
The Rt. Rev. Stephen Leung, Suffrangen Bishop (Asian Ministries)
Stephen was consecrated a Bishop in the Church of God on November 18, 2009 at the ANiC synod in St. Catharines, Ontario. He is also Rector of ANiC’s Good Shepherd parish in Vancouver and is responsible for multicultural ministries within ANiC, including the Asian Mission in Canada.