The Venerable Dan Gifford

Vicar at St John's Vancouver (BC); Archdeacon, BC Mainland


Dan is currently the vicar of St John's Vancouver Anglican, serving with David Short who is rector of that parish. He graduated from Wycliffe College Toronto in 1990 (MDiv), and was ordained to the priesthood in 1991. After a two-year curacy on the Sunshine Coast of BC (a name he often found to be somewhat misleading), he was appointed the first rector of St. Andrew's Pender Harbour, BC where he ministered for a very happy six years. In 1998 he left St. Andrew's to join the staff of St. John's where he feels very blessed to have served until the present day. Catechism, evangelism, cross-cultural mission, and preaching are some of the areas of his ministry that are particular blessings to Dan. He is also archdeacon for Vancouver and surrounding area, is a member of the ANiC finance committee and serves on the ANiC diocesan council.

He and his wife Cathryn met at St. John's and married in 2001. They have two boys Alexander and Nicholas who are 14 and 11 years old. Dan enjoys spending time with his family especially doing outdoor activities. He loves snowboarding, playing tennis (when it's not raining in BC), reading and, with certain hope, supporting the incomparable Minnesota Vikings in their quest for that Super Bowl win that has eluded them for so long.