The Rt. Rev. Donald Phillips, Ph.D.
Donald Phillips was born, raised and educated in London, Ontario, Canada. He graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario, followed by a Master of Divinity with Honours from Huron College in 1981. He was ordained deacon and priest in that same year for the Anglican Diocese of Athabasca by the Most Reverend Fred Crabb. In Athabasca, he served parishes in Athabasca, Lac La Biche and Fort McMurray before moving to St. Michael and All Angels, Moose Jaw, in the Diocese of Qu’Appelle in 1987. From 1992 to 2000 he was involved in diocesan ministry in Qu’Appelle serving as Ministries Development Coordinator and later Executive Archdeacon. In 2000 he was elected as 12th Bishop of Rupert’s Land.
For the past 22 years he has been interested in the development of new forms of local ministry with an emphasis on the priority of the ministry of the baptized. He has presented at conferences and workshops in Canada, USA and Great Britain. Using an international conference for deacons, that met in Winnipeg in 2002, as a catalyst, he formed the Diaconate Working Group to implement the restoration the diaconate in the Diocese of Rupert’s Land. Working with the Faculty of Theology at St. John’s College, University of Manitoba, he helped to launch the Diploma in Applied Theology programme, which prepared persons for ordained and non-ordained ministries. Since coming to the Diocese of Rupert’s Land he has placed a high priority on supporting the work of indigenous Anglicans to address the needs of local indigenous people and communities. In 2006 he began part-time postgraduate studies in Christology at the University of Durham, UK, aimed at equipping the “person in the pew” to talk about the Person and work of Jesus Christ in our 21st century western culture. He received his PhD in January 2016.
Donald is married to Nancy, an Occupational Health Nurse, Spiritual Director and adult educator. As a couple they were involved from 1990 to 2000 as Clergy Presenters in Anglican Marriage Encounter. They have two married adult sons and three grandsons. Donald has a great love of music, has studied piano, and has sung in choirs and an acappella quartet. He has developed a keen interest in physical fitness over the past 25 years and still teaches a weekly step aerobics class at the downtown YMCA in Winnipeg.