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St. Paul's Anglican Church (Vancouver)

St. Paul’s Anglican Church in the West End of Vancouver, south of the city centre, began to function in 1889 and became a separate parish rather than a service provided to the neighbourhood by St. James in 1881.[1]

St Paul's Anglican Church
LocationVancouver, British Columbia
DenominationAnglican Church of Canada
DioceseNew Westminster
ProvinceEcclesiastical Province of British Columbia and the Yukon
ArchbishopThe Most Rev'd Melissa Skelton, Archbishop of New Westminster
RectorRev'd Philip Cochrane
St. Paul's West-End Anglican Church

Originally west on Davie Street of its current location, it moved east to the two lots of its current location in 1903, with the current building erected in 1905: its plan being for stone, but it never having proceeded beyond its original timber construction: the first building remained as a church hall immediately to south, being replaced but the current hall [2] in 1929 and extended in 1950.[3]

“In the 1950s…, [t]he make-up of the population [of the West End] altered … and the population density increased to become one of the highest in Canada. Old-style families were replaced by single-parent families who were joined by previously unknown (or, at least, unrecognized) residents like homosexuals and unmarried couples living together. For most of these persons, St. Paul’s was perceived as irrelevant, if not invisible.” [4]

The parish’s situation changed in 1985 with the appointment of David Crawley as rector, who stayed for five years, then becoming Bishop and then Archbishop of Kootenay from 1994 to 2004.[5] He and successive rectors significantly altered the atmosphere, social interaction and the nature of services, with the parish becoming a survivor.[4]


  1. ^ Leslie Buck, “History — Founding of the Parish [of St. Paul’s Anglican Church],” , July 2009. Viewed June 9, 2013
  2. ^ Buck, “History — Founding….”
  3. ^ Buck, “History — At the Watershed” Viewed Jun 9, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Buck, “History — At the Watershed”
  5. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8

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