A Brief Biography of our Incumbent
Our Incumbent: The Reverend Dr. Gregory C. Gilson
Greg at St. Peter's (left) & St. John's (right)
The Parish of Churchill and Cookstown welcomes The Reverend Dr. Gregory C. Gilson to our parish of Churchill and Cookstown. Greg held the position of Dean of Moosonee, Rector of St. Matthew’s Cathedral Timmins, and Rector of St. Paul’s South Porcupine.
Greg brings his knowledge and expertise working in many multi-point parishes, including Dawson Creek, British Columbia. He is highly motivated to provide communication and team building skills to guide our parish in an upward direction in order to meet or exceed goals, which has been proven by his many and varied positions over more than 25 years. He has worked with Youth Units, both Nationally and Provincially and has been an active member of Synod. Greg has served as Royal Canadian Legion Chaplain in Seaforth, Ontario and South Porcupine as well as Royal Navy Chaplain, London, Ont.
Greg has been actively involved outside the parish as evidenced by his work with Jobs Ontario and as a Group Home Supervisor for the Mentally Disabled.
A published author, his book, held by the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, United States, titled Spiritual Development by Personality Type, completed in 2003 and registered in 2004.
Greg holds a Master of Divinity from the University of Western Ontario, Huron College, London, Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Development Studies from the University of Waterloo. He also holds a Doctor of Ministry from Ashland University, Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio with Emphasis on Parish Development and Clergy Spiritual Development.
We welcome Greg and his wife, Valerie, to our parish community and their new home in the rectory in Cookstown. They have three grown children Michael, Courtney and Anastasijia, and three grandchildren, Benjamin, Jillian, and Grace.
Congratulations to Fr. Greg on his 35th Anniversary of ordination. On Sunday, Nov. 29 he was gifted with many items featuring his past years in ministry, through a memory book and pictures. The Parish of Churchill and Cookstown offered their congratulations after the Zoom service so everyone could see the presentations by one of St. John's Wardens, Jaci Bowen.