Archdeacon Geoffrey Hall appointed Dean of Fredericton
By Ana Watts
The Ven. Geoffrey Hall is appointed Dean of Fredericton effective Sept. 1. Retired Archbishop Claude Miller, serving as Episcopal Administrator until the consecration of Bishop Elect David Edwards on Sept. 20, made the appointment on July 18. Archdeacon Hall served as executive assistant to Archbishop Miller and as Secretary of Synod throughout Archbishop Miller’s episcopacy. The Cathedral Advisory Committee reviewed the applications for Dean and recommended Archdeacon Hall’s appointment. Archbishop Miller concurred with the recommendation and made the appointment following consultation with Bishop-elect Edwards.
“I am confident that Archdeacon Hall is well qualified for this unique ministry and very pleased that he has accepted the appointment to this important role in both our Cathedral Church and the diocese,” said Archdeacon Miller in making the appointment.
Archdeacon Hall is a 1990 Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) graduate of the Atlantic School of Theology, was ordained a deacon that year and made a priest in 1991. He went on to serve in the parishes of Central Kings, St. Paul, the Tobique, Grand Bay and Ketepec. As rector in Grand Bay and Ketepec in the late 1990s and the beginning of the new millennium he laid the groundwork for the amalgamation of small parishes along the Nerepis River and in the lower St. John River Valley to form the larger Parish of the Nerepis and St. John. All but one of the original churches was closed and the rest were deconsecrated. A large, modern facility, the Church of the Resurrection (also known as The Rez) was built in the town of Grand Bay-Westfield.