Gillian Hoyer

…connecting people with themselves, with each other, and with God…


I am a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada and a registered psychotherapist. This site began as a personal blog over 10 years ago, when blogging was a new and experimental way for me to put words into the public sphere. Now it has evolved to include a collection of my thoughts and writings, as well as a record of things I have done and places I have visited. It is my little island on the Internet. On it, you can also find my blog and the text of some of the sermons I have preached over the last few years (some even have video or audio links, depending on the church where I was preaching).

Thank you for joining me on this journey.

DSC_7979A little bit more about me:

My husband Matthew and I are graduates of the Faculty of Theology at Huron University College in London, Ontario, where we met.

We were both quite active in the university community, serving as Co-Presidents of the Bishop Hallam Theological Society, the Faculty of Theology’s student’s society for the 2015-2016 school year, as well as representing the theological student community on various school committees and task teams.

May 29, 2016 we were ordained in the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia – the first husband-and-wife ordained together at the same ordination service in the more than 150-year history of the diocese. We were ordained priest in July 2017. I currently am the Assistant Curate at St John the Divine, Victoria.IMG_2942

In November 2015, we expanded our family and welcomed Cricket, a small rescue cat, into our lives. She, like most cats, is quite a character. However she is wonderful company and a spark of joy and energy in our lives.

As a vocal advocate for social justice, I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), the Anglican Church of Canada’s arm for national and international relief and development. Before joining the Board of Directors, I spent four years on PWRDF Youth Council. I also am honoured to represent the Anglican Church of Canada as a Trustee on the Anglican Alliance, the Anglican Communion’s way of working together across the Communion in areas of relief, development, and advocacy.  Locally, I represent the Bishop of the Diocese of BC on the Board of Directors for Threshold Housing Society, a community non-profit dedicated to ending youth homelessness through low barrier housing.

Prior to beginning training for ordained ministry, I completed an MA in Counselling Psychology and am a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) in the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). My work in this field has been in a mix of for-profit and non-profit settings doing individual counselling, group facilitation, and psycho-educational workshops. I have worked in provincial health care facilities, private and non-profit counselling centres, homeless shelters, and transitional supportive housing. My ability to develop rapport with clients, families, and other professionals through effective communication and listening skills makes me successful at what I do.

Welcome to my online island. Please connect with me – comment on blogs, enjoy photos – and join me on this journey.

**All views expressed here are my own and are not reflective of any workplace or church group I belong to**