York-Credit Valley

Bishop Philip Poole is the area bishop for the York-Credit Valley Episcopal Area, which is the southwestern part of the Diocese of Toronto.

Bishop Poole was educated at Wilfrid Laurier University and received his Master of Divinity degree from Trinity College in 1977 and his Master of Theology from Trinity College in 1988. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1978 and served in three parishes in the Diocese, most recently as the incumbent of Trinity, Aurora. He also spent two years as a school chaplain, responsible for worship and spiritual growth of 450 boys, faculty and staff, including counseling and teaching.

Bishop Poole is a past president of the international Compass Rose Society, which supports the work of the Anglican Communion Office, with special attention on Communications. He is the only Canadian to have held this post.

The York-Credit Valley Episcopal Area

The York-Credit Valley episcopal area consists of 53 parishes, organized under 4 deaneries. The oldest parish is St. Peter, Erindale, dating back to 1825, and the newest church is St. Elizabeth, Mississauga, opened in 2003. There are three Out of the Cold programs, and a number of parishes run foodbanks.

In addition to English, services in this diverse and multicultural area are held in Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. There are also Sudanese, Igbo and Ghanaian congregations.

Contact Details:

Bishop Poole’s office is located at:
Diocesan Centre
135 Adelaide St. E.
Toronto, ON M5C 1L8
Phone: 416-363-6021 ext. 223 (1-800-668-8932)
Fax: 416-363-7678

Bishop’s Email: ppoole@toronto.anglican.ca

Bishop’s normal office hours:

  • Monday: day off
  • Tuesday – Thursday: office and meetings in the area
  • Friday: sermon preparation/working at home
  • Sunday: parish visits

Administrative Assistant:

Gina Bearne
Email: gbearne@toronto.anglican.ca

Gina’s normal office hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

(Note that the office is closed on Fridays in July and August.)

Website: www.toronto.anglican.ca/yorkcreditvalley


Liturgical Consultant: The Rev. Canon Steven Mackison, St. John’s Dixie
Phone: 905-277-0462

Chaplain to Retired Clergy: The Rev. Canon David Luxton
(please contact via the Bishop’s Office)

Youth Ministry Coordinator: Rosemary MacAdam
Phone: 416-259-6755
E-mail: ycv.area.coordinator@gmail.com
Youth Ministry Page

Parish Outreach Facilitator: Elin Goulden
Phone: 416-762-2485 or 647-206-2485 (cell)
e-mail at e.goulden@sympatico.ca 
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