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Rosalie Simmonds Ballentine elected Episcopal Church lay representative to Anglican Consultative Council

Rosalie Simmonds Ballentine elected Episcopal Church
lay representative to Anglican Consultative Council

[June 10, 2013] The Executive Council, currently meeting in Baltimore, MD, elected Rosalie Simmonds Ballentine of the Diocese of the Virgin Islands, to serve as the Episcopal Church lay representative on the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC).

Ballentine is the chancellor of the Diocese of the Virgin Islands since 1995 and has been a deputy to General Convention since 2000.  She served on the Executive Council from 2006 – 2012, chairing the Joint Standing Committee on World Mission from 2009 – 2012.  For six years, she chaired the task forces working on the Episcopal Church's response to the Anglican Covenant. She was the chair of the Legislative Committee on World Mission at General Convention 2012, and she chaired the Legislative Committee on Constitution at General Conventions 2003 and 2006. She is an elected member of the Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees and is vice-president of Province II. She is an attorney, court certified mediator and dispute resolution practitioner.

The ACC is one of the four instruments of communion in the Anglican Communion, of which the Episcopal Church is one of the 38 Province members. The ACC is the only instrument of communion in which there is lay representation. According to the ACC website, the role of the ACC is to facilitate the cooperative work of the churches of the Anglican Communion.

The term, which takes effect immediately, is for three meetings of the ACC, generally nine years. The next ACC meeting is slated for 2016 in Central Africa.

Ballentine was one of four nominees presented by the Executive Committee of Executive Council following a review of 11 applications.

Current Episcopal Church members of ACC are Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori (as a member of the ACC Standing Committee), Bishop Ian Douglas of the Diocese of Connecticut (bishop), and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings of the Diocese of Ohio and President of the House of Deputies (clergy).


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The Ministry of The Reverend Canon John Noel Keith Gibson

The Rev. Canon Keith Gibson, born in England on December 25th 1922, is very much a Caribbean man. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 19th, 1948, and came to the Caribbean in 1951. He chose the Diocese of Antigua as his new attachment, and over the next four years served simultaneously in four parishes in St. Kitts, making periodic visits to congregations in St. Eustatius and Anguilla as well.

In 1956 he was sent to St. George's in Tortola, and paid monthly visits to the flock in Virgin Gorda. He also taught at the Road Town Secondary School while still administering his duties as a priest. In 1959 he married Alma (nee Pickering) and returned to England for a while, during which time he received an honors degree in Divinity from the University of London. He later returned to Tortola and in 1963 witnessed the transfer of the parish there to the Episcopal Church by referendum.

Ten years later he was transferred to the U.S. Virgin Islands where he served at Holy Cross in St. Croix, with music and choir training forming an important part of his ministry as it did in every parish where he worked. While in St. Croix he and his wife Alma also taught at St. Dunstan's School. He was indeed an extremely versatile person, as well as a devoted husband and loving father to his two daughters Angela and Joy.

Father Gibson and his family returned to St. Mary's, Virgin Gorda in 1976. Under his direction, during the next fifteen years St. Mary's School staged three musical dramas, and a flourishing youth group was established. As a testament to his valuable service in that community, Her Majesty the Queen made him a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He was later appointed as Canon of The Cathedral Church of All Saints.

Throughout his ministry Canon Gibson has baptized 1,845 persons, solemnized 369 marriages, conducted 417 funerals and presented 974 candidates for confirmation. In the Diocese of the Virgin Islands he has served through the Commission on Ministry, the Standing Committee, and has been Parliamentarian at Diocesan Conventions.

He retired in 1992, but continued to play the organ at St. Mary's Church quite frequently, and to serve as a supply priest in St. Croix. His disciplined way of life included prayer, work, piano playing, listening to God and to classical music, and devotion to his family. He has recently returned with his wife to England to enjoy a well-earned retirement at age 90. He is truly one of a kind, and will long be remembered in this Diocese.

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