Anglican Diocese of Ontario Foundation

The Anglican Diocese of Ontario: Building for Our Future

“We must knock at every…door and rouse the inhabitants to devote a small portion of what God has bestowed upon them to promote a just work.”

With these words, the Diocese of Ontario was conceived in 1854 by Bishop John Strachan, but it took eight long years of struggle to bring it into being in 1862. And the struggle goes on.

Nearly one hundred and sixty years later, the Diocese finds itself facing different, but not dissimilar challenges in a dramatically changing cultural landscape, and in a demanding fiscal environment. How can we lead with courage, fearlessly—summoning the passion and conviction of our forebears—and respond to the complexities we face with all the ingenuity and creativity that God has given us? We believe the answer lies in our united and collective support for the Anglican Diocese of Ontario Foundation.

Bishop Strachan and his emissaries journeyed vast distances over primitive roads, across rough waters in frail vessels. The 21st century has new and equally challenging obstacles to the delivery of ministry.

For example, a dramatically changing society has brought about a vastly different Sunday worship experience in the 21st century from that experienced in the days of Bishop Strachan. The evolution of new technologies and the explosion of administrative demands on parish ministry, an ageing population, and increasingly high expectations of parish clergy for effective ministry all pose demands. and creative opportunities.

Such challenges can diminish our energies and erode the health and vitality of our ministry, but only if they are not addressed with clarity and vision.

The Anglican Diocese of Ontario Foundation is one vehicle to help us come together as a faith community, to set the stage for our vibrant mission and ministry, for the next hundred and sixty years. Walk with us on this journey, and with our ecumenical and community partners, and we trust that as you explore this webpage, and follow us through today’s wonders of communication, you will grow in your enthusiasm and willingness to support the work of the Foundation and that you will share our passion for new ministry in God’s service.

The Anglican Diocese of Ontario Foundation quietly works away at its principal task the building up of the church in this piece of God’s Kingdom. The inception of the Foundation grew out of the diocese’s commitment to stewardship and congregational development and was a means to support these two key areas of ministry.

Independent of the Diocese with its own set of by-laws and Board of Directors the work of the Foundation began in three key areas, with some examples of that work:

Promote and Develop Clergy and Lay Leadership

  • Foundation grants have sponsored the Clergy College developed by Canon David Smith in his role as Stewardship Education Officer.
  • Grants to the Training and Development Committee to support students working in advanced degree studies.

Promote and Develop Parish and Diocesan Ministries

  • St. George’s Cathedral received grants to fund their Youth Choir.
  • St. Luke’s Lyndhurst received a grant for their Thrift Shop which operates out of their Parish Ministry Centre.

Assist with Infrastructure Projects

  • St. Paul’s, Sydenham received grants to cover up to 50% of capital projects.

In recent years a fourth area of emerging ministries has also received attention and seed funding for new and innovative ministries. As an example, Hyanto Ministries received a grant toward their Vacation Bible School program in 2017.


Funding for the Foundation comes from individual and parish memberships, and bequests.

Memberships are available for parishes or individuals, at $100 and $50 respectively.  Membership is a pre-requisite for any parish that makes an application. Under Canada Revenue Agency guidelines, individuals may not receive grants.

Applications are available by contacting any Diocese of Ontario board member or downloading from the section below. Email

Rt. Rev. Michael Oulton [patron]

Diocese of Ontario Foundation Board of Directors:

  • The Venerable Bill Clarke [president].
  • Paul Clur [vice-president].
  • Roy Conacher.
  • The Very Rev. Don Davidson.
  • Matthew Derbyshire.
  • Eric Friesen.
  • Susan McCulloch.
  • Anne Patterson [secretary].
  • Canon John Secker [treasurer].

Staff Support:

*The Ven. John M. Robertson [development consultant].

Forms download


Mailing Address: P.O. Box 26007 GARDINERS, Kingston, ON, K7M 8W4.
Registered Office: St. Thomas Anglican Church, 130 Lakeview Ave., Kingston, ON K7M 3T5. Telephone: (613) 389-0683 or (613) 384-5608