The Right Reverend Jenny Andison is a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Toronto and area bishop of York-Credit Valley.
Bishop Jenny was born in England and has lived in Pakistan, India, Singapore and Japan. She earned an Hons. BA from Queen’s University in 1994 and received her Master of Divinity from the University of Toronto in 1997. In 2017, Wycliffe College honoured the bishop with a Doctorate of Divinity (honoris causa).
Bishop Jenny was ordained to the priesthood in 1998 and has served in the Diocese of Toronto as incumbent of St. Clement, Eglinton (2013-2016), the Archbishop’s Officer for Mission (2010-2013) and associate priest for church development at St. Paul, Bloor Street (2006-2013). She has also served in parishes in the Diocese of London (UK), the Diocese of Tokyo and the Diocese of Ontario. She was elected bishop in September 2016 and consecrated on Jan. 7, 2017. Bishop Jenny lives in Toronto with her husband and their three daughters.
The York-Credit Valley Episcopal Area covers the southwestern part of the Diocese of Toronto and comprises more than 50 different parishes and ministries, organized into four deaneries. In addition to English, services in this diverse and multicultural area are held in Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Malayalam, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. There are also Sudanese, Kenyan, Igbo, and Ghanaian congregations.
Social Justice Officer:
the Rev. Claudette Taylor
Youth Ministry Coordinator:
Youth Ministry page
Chaplain to Retired Clergy:
the Rev. Canon Jim Woolley
Please contact via the Bishop’s Office
The York-Credit Valley Area Council supports the mission and ministry of York-Credit Valley. Per Canon 44, the council advises the area bishop, providing suggestions on:
The responsibilities of Area Council are to:
The Area Council meets 6-10 times a year at churches throughout the area. Meetings typically fall on a Tuesday evening from 7-9 p.m. They’re held at St. Olave, Swansea, unless otherwise indicated. The 2021 dates are currently being determined.
Area Council must consist of a minimum of 10 members, including (but not restricted to):
Elected members are limited to a maximum of three successive terms of two years each, following which they can’t be elected again for two years. Appointed members can serve without a term limit.
One member is appointed as chair by the area bishop. This position isn’t subject to a term limit.
The council’s budget is resourced directly from the diocesan budget. The area budget funds:
The budget also provides for area grant funding to York-Credit Valley parishes in the forms of Ministry Development, Parish Partnership and FaithWorks grants.
the Rev. Michael Stuchbery (St. Philip, Etobicoke)
York-Credit Valley Area Council annually awards funding in two categories:
For 2021, Area Council continues to prioritize the two abovenamed focus areas, with a particular highlight social media as an area that Council would be very favourable towards. Such grant applications would fall under the Evangelism priority.
Area Council grant awards are capped at $2000.
Please download both the Grant Application Guidance and the Grant Application Form and complete the latter fully, following the instructions. The application form is the same for each of the above categories of Area Council funding. Applications must be made using this form.
The completed and signed copy of the application form, together with any supporting information, should be submitted to the Bishop’s Office by email as a pdf. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant for re-submission by the application deadline. Grant applications are received by the Area Council in March/April and October/November. The next application deadline is March 22, 2021.
Projects receiving funding will be required to submit a written report to Area Council (care of the Bishop’s Office) within 12 months of the grant having been received.
Please download and use the York-Credit Valley Area Grant Feedback Report Form to shape your report.
Note: If your parish or organization has previously received a grant, no further grants will be considered until feedback has been received and reviewed.
To learn about other diocesan funding opportunities, visit the Grants and Funding page.
Read Bishop Jenny’s pastoral letters to parishes in York-Credit Valley:
For questions about York-Credit Valley episcopal visits for 2021 or to request a visit, please contact Arleane Ralph to firstname.lastname@example.org
Clergy from outside the diocese, with the permission of their bishop, may apply through Canon Mary Conliffe, the Diocesan Executive Assistant. They will be asked to provide a letter from their bishop confirming that they have his or her permission to apply.
For vacant incumbencies across the Diocese, see Clergy in Motion.