Guest Preacher: Ed Schmitt (September 15)
In 1972 Ed and Kay immigrated to Canada. Ed served as Protestant Chaplain at the Alexander Galt High School in Lennoxville, Quebec and parish priest in Stanstead County; as Psychologist in Alberta Mental Health Services in northeastern Alberta; Rector St. Mary’s Highlands Anglican Church, Edmonton; Director of Programme, Diocese of Edmonton; Rector, St. Agnes’ Church, North Vancouver; and following his return from El Salvador, interim ministries at St. Mary Magdeline Church, Winnipeg and St. Stephen’s Church, West Vancouver. Upon retirement, Ed and Kay joined the Cristosal program sponsored out of St. Mary’s Kerrisdale. They have two adult children, Karl and Ursula.
Ed Schmitt's love of Mexico and Central America and especially El Salvador arose from his university days in El Paso, Texas, where he became a member of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church which provided a border ministry between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez. Over the years he visited Mexico and Central America often, gaining insight into the struggling nations’ situation and developing a compassionate concern for the peoples of the area. In 2000, he and spouse Kay fulfilled a long-time desire to serve in ministry in Central America through the Anglican Church of Canada’s Volunteers-in-Mission program, through which they were sent to the Diocese of El Salvador for three years. There they undertook varied tasks, Ed taking leadership in the area of provincial education with the Central American School of Theology and diocesan support for clergy and parish educational programming in San Salvador and Kay in parish ministry in the suburban community of San Martín.