Stephen Kendall and the CCCThe Canadian Council of Churches is pleased to announce that the Rev. Stephen Kendall (Presbyterian Church in Canada) has been elected and installed by the Governing Board as President of The Canadian Council of Churches for a 3-year term running to 2021. The Rev. Canon Dr. Alyson Barnett-Cowan (Anglican Church of Canada) completed her term of service and takes up her new role as Past President.

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An Interview with the Rev. Stephen Kendall

On Thursday, May 24, 2018, the Past President interviewed the new President on his new role.

Alyson Barnett-Cowan: Congratulations on your new office as the CCC President. What are you looking forward to the most in this new position?

Stephen Kendall: Thank you. I am very honoured to be in this role. I’m looking forward to working with the members of the CCC Governing Board, and with our member churches. I think that the CCC is one of the places that gives a good glimpse, a tangible experience of the unity of the Christian Church, and this is a precious thing. I’m looking forward to nurturing this, working together with our Governing Board and our member churches to strengthen and deepen this unity.

Stephen Kendall interviewA B-C: You have a full-time job as the Principal Clerk of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, and now this new position. How will you balance your time and tasks?

SK: Well, I will be relying heavily on you, our past President! (laughs) In all seriousness, I count it a privilege, in my position with the Presbyterian Church in Canada, to have been involved with the CCC for 20 years, and I’m grateful for the opportunity my church gives me to do this work. As the CCC President, my time will be a little bit more limited, but we have a wonderful Executive Committee, with Sr Gill Goulding (CCCB), Pat Lovell (ELCIC), and Kathy Vandergrift (CRC-NA) coming in as the three Vice-Presidents. I’m eager to share responsibilities and work collaboratively with them. I’m confident that a good balance will be possible.

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More About Stephen

Since 1998, Stephen Kendall has served as the Principal Clerk of the General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. In that role he participated in addressing the legacy of Indian Residential Schools in Canada first hand. He also serves as ecumenical officer for the denomination and has been a member of the Governing Board of The Canadian Council of Churches since 1998. Internationally, he served on the Executive of the World Communion of Reformed Churches and is part of the Ecumenical Officers network for the World Council of Churches.

The Rev. Stephen Kendall is a minister of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, ordained in 1987. He has served five years as minister of a new congregation in Calgary, and seven years in a congregation in Toronto. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Carleton University and a Masters of Divinity from Knox College, University of Toronto.

Stephen lives in Toronto with his wife and has three children and two grandchildren. He plays bass guitar in the bluegrass/folk band Lost Pilgrims.