A Church is a community, and therefore it relies on the whole congregation to ensure things keep running. However, the members of Parish Council play a key role in managing the Church. This page lists the current office holders and the jobs they do, plus the Webmaster, who is not necessarily a Parish Council Member.
Rev. James Duckett
The rector is an individual ordained as presbyter in the Anglican Church of Canada or the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada who is appointed by the Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster. The rector is responsible for the encouragement and enabling of pastoral sacramental ministry to the parish, both those who are regular worshippers and those who live within the parish boundaries. The rector is responsible for the coordination of leadership, Parish Council, worship, pastoral care, communications, resources, ministry, stewardship, and finances in the parish.
Prayer and study are integral components of the position to provide for the spiritual, emotional, and physical health of the rector, and they should be considered part of the rector’s daily work.
There are normally three Wardens at St. Timothy’s, with responsibilities divided amongst Facilities, Ministries, and Pastoral concerns. The Warden is a Trustee of the Parish, along with all other members of Parish Council. In the event of a clergy vacancy, the Warden is also a member of the Canonical Committee. He or she shares with the Rector the pastoral and spiritual concerns of the Parish and has primary responsibility under Church Canons for the property of the parish. Together the Wardens, Rector, and Treasurer make up the Leadership team of the Parish of St. Timothy, Burnaby. Wardens are elected for a one-year term at the Annual Vestry Meeting in February of each year.
The Treasurer serves as a member of the Parish Council and Trustee of the Parish of St. Timothy, Burnaby, and is elected or appointed annually at Vestry. The Treasurer reports to and takes direction from the Wardens and the Rector on financial matters. He or she is responsible for overseeing the accounting of St. Timothy’s financial activities and is an authorized signatory for financial purposes.
PARISH COUNCIL SECRETARY
The Secretary serves as a voting member of the Parish Council and Trustee of the Parish of St. Timothy, Burnaby, and is elected to the position at St. Timothy’s Annual Vestry Meeting. The Secretary is responsible for providing secretarial and administrative support to the Parish Council. The Secretary is elected for a one-year term.
ALTERNATE SYNOD DELEGATES
The Synod Delegates, Youth Delegate, and Alternate Delegates serve as Members of the Parish Council and Trustees of the Parish of St. Timothy, Burnaby. Together with the Wardens, they form the Canonical Committee which is responsible for the appointment of Clergy to the parish. Parish members at the parish’s Annual Vestry Meeting elect the delegates to these positions for a one-year term. Synod meets every other year.
MEMBERS AT LARGE
The Members at Large serve as Trustees and Members of Parish Council and they are elected to the position for a one-year term at St. Timothy’s Annual Vestry Meeting at the end of February. The Members at Large are responsible for bringing and sharing a broad background of skills, knowledge, and experience to the Parish Council to complement other, more specific positions on Council.
The Webmaster is responsible for maintaining and updating the website. The position of Webmaster is elected or appointed at the Annual Vestry Meeting in February of each year for a one-year term.