DETROIT, September 21, 2011 — Mariners’ Church of Detroit, the oldest structure on the Detroit Riverfront, and “A House of Prayer for All People,” announced today that Fr. Paul Innes will serve as its new assistant pastor, effective immediately.
Innes, a lifelong Anglican who grew up in Windsor and has recently received his working Visa for the U.S., graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary where he received a Master of Divinity degree in 2004. During his seminary training, Father Innes was a manager at K-Scrap Resources. He served his community as an elected official, as well as a volunteer with citizens groups and the Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Fr. Paul was very active in his parish church, Christ Church, in Colchester Ontario, Canada, as well as at the Diocesan level with the Diocese of Huron. Fr. Paul was trained as a facilitator in parish strategic planning, curriculum, development, and support groups for the Diocese at the Renison Institute of Ministry, Waterloo. He has been a licensed Lay Reader and Lay Administrator for over 20 years and has worked as a lay pastoral visitor in his parish for more than 15 years.
After entering seminary, Father Innes served at Epiphany, Kingsville, and at St. Mary’s, Walkerville, in Windsor, Ontario.
Father Innes heard the bells of Mariners’ Church ringing across the Detroit River and has attended the church full-time as a member for the past three years. He served a variety of positions in the church, until his ordination as a Deacon on October 25, 2009. He was ordained to the Priesthood in May 2010.
“God called me from the wilderness of my secular existence in Canada to follow His Holy Spirit,” said Father Innes. “A friend had invited me to join Mariners where I found peace in my spirit because I felt so at home. Now the Holy Spirit keeps me at Mariners as a servant to all.”
Innes and his wife, Lynn, live in Colchester, Ontario, and have two grown children.