People

Our Clergy and Staff are representative of the many people who work to support ministry through our Cathedral Parish.


The Right Reverend Dr. Geoffrey Peddle,

Bishop and Dean of the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Right Reverend Dr Geoff Peddle was born in Bonavista and grew up in Trinity, Lethbridge and Whitbourne as the son of a railroader. He holds BA and MA degrees from Memorial University, a Master of Divinity from Queen’s College, and a PhD in Empirical Theology from Cardiff University in Wales. Ordained in 1987, he has served in the Parishes of Lake Melville, Arnold’s Cove, the Ascension, the Good Shepherd. He has also served as Diocesan Executive Officer and most recently as Provost and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s College. He is married to Kathy and they have two adult sons, Adam and Benjamin. 

The Venerable Roger Whalen

Archdeacon & Rector of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Archdeacon Roger Whalen first came to the Cathedral as a Choral Scholar in the late 1980s, while studying Music at Memorial University. After completing his B.Mus degree at Memorial he went on to complete his M.Div. at Wycliffe College, Toronto School of Theology. Ordained in 2003, he has served in the Parishes of Labrador West, The Holy Trinity, St. Augustine’s, and as Chaplain to Memorial University for six years. He is humbled and honoured to return to the Cathedral as Rector and to serve during what promises to be an exciting time in the history of our Cathedral and our Diocese. His wife Sharon (the real reason he came to the Cathedral 30 years ago) is the Musical Director and organist at the Cathedral, and their daughter, Beth, gets a healthy dose of Church each week!

The Reverend Khaliah Kinkead-Dawkins, Vicar Missional

Prior to arriving in the Diocese of Eastern NL in January 2017, Rev Kay served in the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. For eight years she was assigned as Curate at the St. James Cathedral.  She balanced her role at the Cathedral while serving as the Chaplain at St. Jago High School and teaching Religious Education. For three years she was assigned as the Director of Hillcrest Diocesan Centre, where she also balanced the role of Chaplain and Guidance Counsellor at St. Hilda's Diocesan High School.

Mrs. Sharon Whalen, Musical Director

Sharon Whalen was born in Corner Brook and holds a Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education from Memorial University as well as a Master of Arts in Gifted Education from the University of Connecticut.  Other studies include the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England and course work in education from the University of Western Ontario.  She has held a number of church musician appointments within the United and Anglican traditions in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario.  While living in Labrador West, she also conducted the community choir and was an inaugural director of the Labrador West Music Festival and Labrador West Summer Music Conservatory.  She is married to  Roger (the Rector), and they have one daughter.

The Reverend Canon Dr. Frank Cluett, Honourary Assistant

Dr. Cluett was born in Belleoram, Newfoundland and Labrador.  He has served in the parishes of Topsail, Greenspond, Buchans, and Corner Brook, as well as The Ascension in Hamilton, Ontario.  Additionally, Dr. Cluett served as the Provost of Queen’s College, Faculty of Theology for nearly 20 years.  He was the first recipient of the degree of Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) awarded by Queen’s College.

The Reverend Canon Margaret Hall, Honourary Assistant

Margaret Hall was born and grew up in St. John's, and was baptised and confirmed in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. She received a Bachelor of Theology Degree at Queen's College in 1992, and then served in the Parishes of Gander, Burin, Bay de Verde, Bridgetown (Nova Scotia), Trinity Bonavista Bay, Whitbourne New Harbour, and twice in the Parish of All Saints, Foxtrap. She feels very blessed to be an Honourary Assistant in the Cathedral Parish. She has come full circle by coming home.

The Reverend Dr. John Hewson, Honourary Assistant

Dr. Hewson, Professor Emeritus of Memorial University of Newfoundland, founded the Department of Linguistics at Memorial where he served as Full Professor and Department  Head.  Upon retiring from Memorial, he enrolled at Queen’s College, where he completed a Master of Divinity degree.  Dr. Hewson's father was also a priest in the Anglican Church.

The Reverend Canon Dr. David Bell, Honourary Assistant & Canon Theologian for the Diocese

David Bell, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland, in now Canon Theologian for the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, the Dean of Theology at Queen’s College, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He retired as Head of the Department of Religious Studies at the end of 2011 and is now completing various projects which he did not have time to complete during his headship.  The Holy Spirit then took charge, and instead of leaving him to enjoy his retirement in peace, demanded that he offer himself to the Anglican Church of Canada for ordination to the diaconate. This was certainly not his intention when he retired, but the voice of the Lord was not to be gainsaid, and the rest, as they say, is history.

The Reverend Deacon Derrick Bishop, Honourary Assistant 

Derrick Bishop is currently working on a bachelor’s degree in Theology from Queen’s College, St. John's. Prior to theological studies, he worked as a registered nurse in Psychiatry/Mental and as a Nursing Instructor in Organizational Development & Learning at Eastern Health.

Ms. Jill Kenny, Office Administrator

Cathedral Wardens & Vestry

Wardens: Gary Sooley &  Derek Sullivan

Treasurer:  Gail Hamilton

Vestry Members:  Leslie Rossiter (Secretary),  Jan Buley, Jean Dawe, Doug French, Susan Green, Shirley Hearn, Julia Mathieson,  Ellen Reid, Adam Stone, Parker Sullivan.