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The Reverend David Pickett
BA(Hons), MDiv, DD

Priest and Rector


David Pickett is originally from St. George, Ontario, where his family was active in the parish of Holy Trinity. He earned his first two degrees at Huron University College and was ordained at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, in 1989. In the Diocese of Huron he served as a priest at Trinity, Simcoe, The Parish of Ridgetown, Highgate, and Howard Township, then St. Jude's Church in Brantford, then as the Rector of St. John's Anglican Church in Ancaster, Ontario where he also served as the Regional Archdeacon of Mohawk. He came to Christ Church, Elbow Park in October of 2016.

In addition to his work in the Norfolk, Kent and Brant Deaneries in which he served, David's Diocesan work included Long-Term Planning, Parish Intervention & Strategic Planning, Stewardship Development, and the Bishop's Task Force on Professional Conduct and Ethics. At St. John's, Ancaster he led the congregation through a time of restoration and expansion, including the parish’s new addition, completed in 2005, the expanded physical plant to properly support the growing understanding of the spiritual mission and witness in Jesus Christ for which the parish exists.

In 2005, David Pickett was made an Honorary Canon of Christ's Church Cathedral, Hamilton, by Bishop Spence, an office given in celebration of distinguished service in the church and wider community. He was named an Honorary Senior Fellow of Renison University College at The University of Waterloo in 2007 and in the same year, was a recipient of the Alumni Award of Distinction from Huron University College at The University of Western Ontario. He served as a Director of The W. Ross MacDonald Foundation and as a member of Renison University College's Board of Governors and Renison's Chaplaincy Committee.

In September of 2013, Canon David was collated as the Archdeacon of Mohawk Region in The Diocese of Niagara.
In the same month, Archdeacon Pickett was conferred the Degree of Doctor of Divinity (Honoris Causa) along with the rest of The Three Cantors in celebration and recognition of their contribution to the Canadian church and The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund.

 


Induction, 2016


Christmas, 2016


Ok, so the white hat didn't fit...

 


The Three Cantors

Being part of a musical parish like Christ Church is a good fit for Archdeacon Pickett. With two other baritones - Niagara’s Dean, Peter Wall and Canon Bill Cliff of Huron (now Bishop of Brandon) and accompanied by Maestro Angus Sinclair of London - he helped found "The Three Cantors", whose work from 1997 to 2015 raised over $1.3 million for outreach, hunger relief and various community ministries in Ontario and across Canada, with every concert and CD benefitting their main focus, The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund.

Cantors Youtube Video
Cantors Tribute Webpage


In Ancaster with Bishop Bird and the Primate in 2016.