The Rev. Philip Cocharne, rector


Originally from Northern Ireland, Philip moved to Canada to take up the post of Rector of St Paul’s in March 2019. 

Following a varied career in financial services and employee benefits, with a stint as an elected member of a municipality, and after training at Trinity College in Bristol, Philip was ordained in the Diocese of Portsmouth (Church of England) as a deacon (2007) and priest (2008).

Philip combines ‘traditional’ parish ministry with ‘pioneering’ new intitiatives and expressions of worship to better connect and serve the neighbourhood.  In addition, he has always been involved in the wider church – encumenically and in the leadership structures of several Dioceses, as well as membership in two sessions of the Church of England’s General Synod.  He is currently an elected member of the Diocese of New Westminster’s Diocesan Council.

With a flair for public speaking and preaching, Philip tries to teach from the bible in a way that helps people encounter the God of love and to live differently as a result.  He is loving life in the West End and embracing all that Canada has to offer.


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The Rev. Dr. Alain-Michel Rocheleau,associate priest


The Reverend Alain-Michel Rocheleau studied Theology (Doctorate and Master in Practical Theology, Baccalaureate in Theology), Social Work (Master in Social Work), and Theatre (Doctorate and Master in Theatre) at Université Laval (Québec), and graduated from Vancouver School of Theology (VST) in 2011. Alain-Michel teaches French Theatre, French Cinema, and French Literature at the University of  British Columbia (UBC) since 1992. He served at St. Helen’s Anglican Church (West Point Grey), as Honorary Assistant Priest, from March 2013 to March 2015. He is currently Anglican Chaplain to College and University Students in our Diocese, and Assistant to the Rector here at St. Paul’s (Vancouver).