The Rev. Armand Mercier is our Rector. Fr. Armand was born and raised in Edmonton as a Roman Catholic. Fr. Armand worked in the automotive sector after completing his Bachelor’s of Commerce degree at the University of Alberta. He then answered the call to enter into Religious life, specifically the Order of Friars Minor, better known as the Franciscans, in 2003. While there he completed both a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, and was ordained a Deacon in 2008. Life took an unexpected turn for him when he met and fell in love with a beautiful and spectacular woman by the name of Carol, and he realized that God was not just calling him to Ministry but also into marriage and family life. The result was that he and his wife journeyed into the Anglican Church in 2011. In 2012 they became members of St. Stephen’s and he took on the role as Deacon here. In 2014 he received his Priestly ordination, and became our Rector in May 2016.
Fr. Armand has worked since 2010 with Habitat for Humanity Edmonton, where he is the Director of Family Services. He and Carol have two young sons: Benoît and Étienne.
The Rev. Coleen Lynch is St. Stephen’s Assistant Priest. Reverend/Mother Coleen was born in Regina and is a lifelong Saskatchewan Roughrider fan. She has a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts (bilingual mention) from the University of Regina as well as a Master of Divinity from Newman College and a Master of Theology from St. Stephen’s College. She is currently working on a Doctorate of Ministry with a focus on rural ministry. She first served at St. Stephen’s as Honorary Assistant in 2005, and has had the privilege of serving in several rural and urban parishes in the diocese. She lives by the motto: “I always end up where I need to be!”
Reverend/Mother Coleen began her life in the United Church of Canada, converted to Roman Catholicism and was a religious missionary with the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions for seven years serving with aboriginal communities in Canada and in Peru. She has thirty years experience in correctional ministry as well as experience as a teacher and professional writer. Her journey of faithfulness entwined that of Mike Lynch resulting in 34 wonderful years of marriage. She was ordained a Priest in 1997 while her husband was ordained in 2015. They have one daughter together, Karlene, who has a Doctorate in Biology and is married to Miles.
Mr. Brian Malone is St. Stephen’s Sub-deacon and Head of it’s Servers’ Guild. He is a life-long Anglo-Catholic having been baptized at St. Stephen’s as an infant. For much of his early life he attended St. James’, Vancouver having been a chorister and altar server there; He was trained as a server by the future Archbishop and Metropolitan David Sommerville. Brian returned to Edmonton and St. Stephen’s in 1956 where he became a Lay Reader. In 2012 he assumed his position as Sub-deacon for St. Stephen’s by letter of permission from the Rt. Rev. Jane Alexander, Bishop of Edmonton. Brian is married to Julie who is the current Parish Treasurer.