[Anglican Mainstream] 6 June 2008--In February, 11 Anglican Church of Canada parishes voted to realign with the Anglican Network in Canada (ANIC) and come under the oversight of the Province of the Southern Cone. The first to vote was St. John’s Shaughnessy, in Vancouver B.C., the largest parish in the Anglican Church of Canada and church home to noted evangelical theologian, the Rev. Dr. J.I. Packer. Packer serves as an executive editor of Christianity Today and as Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver in addition to serving on the staff at his parish.
Shortly after St. John’s Shaughnessy cast its historic vote, the rector and clergy, including Packer, were notified by diocesan bishop Michael Ingham that they had 60 days to respond to his notice of presumption of abandonment of the exercise of ministry, the first step in deposing them. Encompass Executive Editor Ralinda Gregor spoke with Dr. Packer to get his reaction to the events in Canada.