Father Robert

Fr. RobertThe Rev’d Robert Clifford took up the pastoral leadership of Trinity Anglican Church, Port Burwell; St. Luke’s Church, Vienna; and, Trinity Anglican Church, Aylmer on January 1st of 2013.

Fr. Robert holds a Master of Divinity degree from Huron University College, Western University.  He previously obtained an honours undergraduate degree in Political Science, with a significant minor in History, from King’s University College, Western University.

Before entering the ministry, he had worked for both a Federal Cabinet Minister and a Provincial shadow cabinet minister in their constituency offices, helping constituents resolve their concerns. He has also worked in human resources, quality assurance and administration for a family pharmacy, and escalated customer service for a multinational hotel chain.

While at school, Fr. Robert was blessed with a placement at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Chippewa and Zion Anglican Church, Oneida. He is grateful to The Rev’d Canon Gaye Whippey for the opportunity to minister among the First Nations communities that she serves. Indeed, he feels that the parishioners ministered him to as much as he provided ministry to the community.  He also served the parish of St. John’s Anglican Church, Tillsonburg, during his final year of studies. He is grateful for the warmth of the reception he received there and the significant practical teaching offered by The Rev’d Bill Ward and The Rev’d Deacon Vermell Stevens.

As part of the process toward ordination, the Diocese of Huron requires that candidates complete a Clinical Pastoral Education unit at an area hospital under the supervision of qualified pastoral care practitioners. During the Summer of 2010, Robert was placed at St. Joseph’s Regional Mental Healthcare – London (formerly London Psychiatric Hospital) as a Student Chaplain. Here he learned about providing pastoral care in some of the most difficult of circumstances with which people can struggle.

In the summer of 2011, Robert was entrusted by the Bishop with the care and leadership of St. Andrew’s by-the-Lake, Turkey Point, under the able supervision of The Rev’d Canon Tony Bouwmeester. He was responsible for weekly services and the pastoral care of the community.

Fr. Robert feels blessed to be ministering among the people of East Elgin and prays that his ministry will, by his words and actions, carry the Good News of Jesus’ love to this corner of the Kingdom of God. He emphasizes that all are welcome to services at Trinity Anglican Church, Aylmer (Sunday 9 a.m.); St. Luke’s Church, Vienna (Sunday 10:45 a.m.); and, Trinity Anglican Church, Port Burwell (Sunday, 11:30a.m.).

On a personal note, Robert is married to his partner of 19 years. They will celebrate their 6th wedding anniversary in August 2016. They have lived in St. Thomas for most of the past 17 years.

For pastoral care, Fr. Robert can be reached at 519-318-4430 or by email at rlclifford@sympatico.ca  You can find Fr. Robert on Facebook: www.facebook.com/rlclifford