Ed received the Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of BC, the Master of Divinity from the Vancouver School of Theology and the Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. The first year of his Masters studies were spent at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California.
As a pastor Ed's particular calling is to aid in the recovery of the distinctive features of Christian identity in the church. He notices that the mainline church suffers from communal amnesia that regularly leads to anxiety and despair, draining energy and nerve. Ed's passion is to assist in the cultivation of a hospitable, courageous and compassionate congregation that is unashamed in its love of the gospel and of the God who, in Jesus, has called it into existence. Ed's preaching and ministry is rooted in seven working assumptions of life in a missional church. He is an endorser of the Ekklesia Project.
University Hill Congregation commissions Ed to speak beyond the congregation. He has been the theme speaker at annual conference meetings of the United Church in Alberta & Northwest Conference, Maritime Conference & BC Conference as well as at numerous national and local conferences on worship and congregational renewal.
Married, father of four children and grand-father of seven grandchildren, he enjoys walks and runs along the beach and into the forest near his home in Crescent Beach. In 2011 Ed was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and amyloidosis and so now belongs to the company of those who live with cancer. Ed's reflections on gospel, church and living with multiple myeloma can be found on his blog Holy Scribbler. After thirty-five years in ministry he will retire on June 30, 2015.