The Rt. Rev. John H Chapman,
B.A. (Carleton); M.Div. (UWO);
D.Min. (University of the South);
D.D. (Huron University College)
9th Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa
- Statement from Bishop John Chapman on the Anglican Church of Canada’s vote to approve same-sex marriage failing to pass at its general assembly on July 12. General Synod 2019 statement
A Statement from the Rt. Rev. John H. Chapman Regarding his Retirement
Bishop Chapman’s Retirement Statement (.pdf format)
On the Feast of the Ascension, May 17th 2007, John Holland Chapman was ordained and consecrated coadjutor Bishop of Ottawa and enthroned as the ninth Bishop of Ottawa on the Feast of Ninian, September 16, 2007.
Bishop John grew up in the Diocese of Ottawa and was ordained Deacon in the Diocese of Ottawa on the Feast of Pentecost 1978 and Priest on the Feast of St. Andrew, 1978.
In 1978 he was appointed assistant curate at St. Matthias’ Church Ottawa. Shortly following, in December of 1979, he was appointed Chaplain to Huron University College and the Anglican Chaplain to the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. In 1983 he was offered a faculty appointment (lecturer) at Huron University College and in 1984 completed a Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. In 1987 Bishop John was promoted to the rank of assistant professor at Huron University College and shortly following accepted an appointment as rector of the parish of St. Jude’s Church in London, Ontario. During his 13 year tenure as rector of St. Jude’s, the parish enjoyed significant growth including a substantial building project.
Bishop John returned to the academy in 1999 as the Huron Lawson Chair in Pastoral Theology at Huron University College. His teaching was mainly devoted to the Christian Spiritual tradition, leadership development and pastoral competence. In 2000, Bishop John was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Theology at Huron which is a position he held until his election as the Ninth Bishop of Ottawa in 2007. Bishop John’s leadership within the faculty of Theology at Huron was marked by a number of innovations including significant growth in student enrolment, two new degree offerings (B.Th. & M.A.) as well as an academic partnership with the Caribbean Conference of Churches, an ecumenical body devoted to education and justice issues throughout the Caribbean islands.
As well, Bishop John was integrally involved in the work exercised by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). This work included membership on seminary accreditation teams, attendance at presidential leadership training seminars, and a member of the editorial board for the Association of Theological School’s journal, Theological Education.
While working in the academy, Bishop John exercised a full and involved ministry with the Diocese and the Anglican Church in both Canada and the United States. This activity included regular parish work, preaching, pastoral care and leadership training, retreat leadership and various guest lectures. As well, he served faithfully on Diocesan, Provincial and National committees and synods.
Bishop John served on the General Synod’s Faith Worship and Ministry Committee chairing a special task force that examined Theological Education in Canada. This committee made a formal report to the General Synod in 2010.
Bishop John is married to Catherine (nee Brabazon) and they are the proud parents of three adult children, Geoffrey, Simon and Sarah.
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