André Stephany
Theologian, ordained Minister
André (pronouns: he/him/his) is of German origin and was born in the Black Forest in 1989. After he spent most of his teenage years dreaming of and working for a political career, he discovered the church as a place of community and spiritual growth. He became a member of Parish Council in the German Protestant parish in his home town and graduated from school. From early on, he got to know the Anglican Church and grew spiritually with one leg in the Protestant Church and one in the Anglican Church.
His university career brought him around the world. First studying History and English, he later took on theology as his main subject and prepared for training for ministry. His academic education led him to Konstanz and Freiburg (Germany), Durham (UK), Basel (Switzerland), Jerusalem where he studied two semesters at Dormition Abbey (a German Benedictine Monastery on Mt. Sion) and served at St. George’s Anglican Cathedral and to Westcott House, Cambridge (UK).
He served as Curate at Basel Cathedral and was ordained into the Swiss Reformed Church before a call brought him to the Diocese of New Westminster, where he was ordained Deacon and Priest at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver. André served his Anglican Curacy at Christ Church Cathedral before serving as Rector of St. Clement Anglican Church, North Vancouver, in the Diocese of New Westminster. Naturally, the ecumenical dialogue is a passion of his.
Currently, André works as doctoral student and assistant at Bern University and as minister for the parish Thun-City.
Curriculum Vitae - English
From 2023, Minister at parish of Thun-City (part-time)
From 2021, Doktoral student and assistant at Bern University
2020-2021, Rector of St. Clement Church in Lynn Valley, North Vancouver, Canada
2019-2020, Assistant Curate at Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver, Canada
2020, Priestly Ordination in the Anglican Church of Canada, Vancouver
2019, Ordination to the Diaconate in the Anglican Church of Canada, Vancouver
2018-2019, Assistant Curate at Basel Cathedral and Ordination in the Swiss Reformed Church (VDM)
2017-2018, Social Deacon in the parish of Gundeldingen-Bruderholz, Basel
2009-2017, Studies in Theology (MTh, BTh, BA), History (BA) and English Literature and Linguistics in Freiburg i.B., Durham, UK, Basel, Jerusalem und Cambridge (Westcott House), UK
*1989, In Lörrach, Germany
Societas Liturgica (SL)
Society for the Study of Theology (SST)
Schweizerische Theologische Gesellschaft (SThG)
International Academy of Practical Theology (IAPT)
Mittelbauvereinigung der Universität Bern (MVUB)
Forum Studienjahr Jerusalem e.V.
Grosser Kirchenrat, reformierte Gesamtkirchgemeinde Thun
Pfarrverein Kanton Bern
Commission for Lay Ministry in the Cantonal Church of Bern, Jura, Solothurn
Commission for further education of Lay Ministers in the Cantonal Church of Bern, Jura, Solothurn