From Across Canada, Bringing New Life and Light to Kokanee Parish
The Anglican Churches of Nelson and Kaslo welcome The Rev’d David Burrows.
Burrows was raised in Nunavut, Nova Scotia and Ontario. In his priesthood, he has served faith communities in Southern Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador. For the past twenty years, David’s ministry has traversed the boundary between faith communities and non-profit agencies.
Burrows founded and led the nonprofit Home Again Furniture Bank in addition to several creative, charitable initiatives such as Racing with the Reverend, a motorsports event in support of Autism Society NL.
As a consultant, he has served the church locally, nationally, and internationally.
“It has been a momentous journey that has led me to be with you,” Burrows said speaking of his arrival in Nelson.
“I am thankful for the generosity and welcome that [the community has] offered, and I am excited to explore what it means to be a follower of Jesus here in this place with you. …I will be taking my time to listen, learn, visit, and be with you, so that together we may explore how this parish of Kokanee will grow – deeper into the ministry and love of Jesus.”
David has made it a practice to offer faith-based, inspirational reflections as a part of his vocation.
He writes two weekly publications, Mountain Reflections & Kokanee Concerns published to the St Saviour’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral Nelson Facebook page and Kokanee Parish website.
His writing is inviting and accessible; he touches on themes including the role of the church in community, and encourages all of us to reflect on what it means to challenge injustice and to be a good neighbour.
As Burrows settles in this new community, he is meeting with parishioners of St. Saviour’s (Nelson) and St. Mark’s (Kaslo), members of other faith communities, as well as local non- profits and social service agencies.
He is passionate about getting to know those working hard to meet the needs of our neighbours, particularly those struggling with a lack of access to affordable housing, food security, mental health concerns or addictions.
In his free time, Burrows enjoys gardening, hiking, cycling, and kayaking with his partner Heather, who is introducing him to outdoor sports amid the beauty of the Kootenays.
The Nelson community is invited to provide a warm welcome to Burrows, whose sense of inner confidence and dynamic optimism nudges parishioners into transformation, with a view to new life and light.
The Rev’d David Burrows will be inducted during a service on Wednesday December 6, 2023 at 7 p.m. at St. Saviour’s in Nelson.