Welcome to St. Paul’s, Rev. Dr. Dale Skinner!
Dale Skinner was born the youngest of ten children and raised in Nova Scotia. Dale became a Christian in his early twenties during his undergraduate studies at Carleton University in Ottawa and, soon after, discerned a call to ordained ministry as a member of Parkdale United Church in Toronto. He graduated from Emmanuel College at University of Toronto with a Master of Divinity in 2003 and earned his Doctorate in Ministry, on congregational leadership and development, from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey in 2009.
Dale is married to Rev. Maryann Skinner and together they have an adult daughter, Leah, who recently moved to Halifax.
After his ordination in 2003, Dale served two rural congregations in Quebec and was called to St. Stephen’s-on-the-Hill in Mississauga in 2007. His varied experiences within the United Church include involvement in outreach ministry at Metropolitan United Church in Toronto, service as past chair of Halton Presbytery, Commissioner to two General Councils, and past chair of Emmanuel College Alumni Association. Dale has directed summer church camps, led youth courses and has extensive experience in small-group ministry, teambuilding and empowering groups and committees. He has written articles and presented on such diverse subjects as “The Rise of Pop-Culture Zombies” and “Rolling up the Theology of a Tim Horton’s Coffee Cup”. He has personally led three pilgrimages to Israel, Palestine and Jordan. Dale has worked with pro baseball and hockey – and, he plays the fiddle!
Further explaining the JSC’s enthusiastic recommendation of Dale Skinner for the position open at St. Paul’s, Beverly stated, “what attracted us to Dale was his strength in leading congregations of all shapes, sizes and ages. His quiet calmness, interpersonal skills, strength and commitment to God were evident. He listens, he engages, he embraces. He believes. He believes in growing relationships with God. He believes in St. Paul’s and is truly excited about serving this congregation.”