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Dean Chris is delighted to announce the is appointing the Rev. Dr. Ray Aldred as an Honorary Asst. Deacon at the Cathedral, effective immediately. “Dr. Aldred and I have been meeting regularly over the past three years, exploring ways to build connections between the Cathedral and the Indigenous Studies program at VST and expand the footprint of his ministry through the Cathedral. Through this relationship I’ve grown in my understanding of possible paths forward and I know the Cathedral will be enriched by his ministry”  

More about the Rev. Dr. Ray Aldred

Reverend Doctor Ray Aldred is a husband, father, and grandfather. He was first ordained with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada and is now ordained with the Anglican Church of Canada. He is Cree from, Treaty 8. Born in Northern Alberta, he now resides with his wife in Richmond,BC. Ray is the director of the Indigenous Studies Program at the Vancouver School of Theology (VST) whose mission is to partner with the Indigenous Church around theological education.

Formerly Ray served as the Assistant Professor of Theology at Ambrose Seminary in Calgary, Alberta. He is a former chairperson and board member for Indigenous Pathways. He is former Director for the First Nations Alliance Churches of Canada and now serves as a consultant for Indigenous Alliance Churches, where he works to encourage Indigenous church leaders. Ray is a prolific speaker and communicator. Ray’s passion is to help as many as possible hear the gospel in their heart language.

Ray and Elaine have been married for 44 years. Together they have worked to strengthen people’s relationships. For the last 20 years Ray and his wife, Elaine have also been involved in ministry to help train people to facilitate support groups for people who have suffered trauma. Also, Elaine and Ray have coordinated Marriage Encounter. Ray and Elaine have four adult children, Jenny, who has graduated from the University of Regina and the Alliance University College, a schoolteacher, is married and lives in Richmond,BC; Raymond, who is pursuing a PhD in Philosophy at McGill University; Catherine, has earned an MA in Religions Studies at McGill University; and Rueben who works in the Oil Field in Northern Alberta.