Donald Schmidt was baptized at the age of 3 in St. Aidan’s United in Victoria, and grew up in the Chemainus-Crofton pastoral charge, attending a joint United/Anglican Sunday School in Crofton, and participating in the youth group in Chemainus. He felt a call to ordained ministry very early in life, although constantly thought it was at best a bad joke.
When the call would not go away, he gave in and, abandoning plans for a degree in political science from the University of Victoria, went to Montreal to pursue religious education at McGill University. He received a BA in Jewish Studies and a BTh from McGill, and an MDiv from United Theological College. In 2006 he received a Doctor of Ministry from Wisdom University. He was ordained in the United Methodist Church in the US in 1984, and later transferred to the United Church of Christ.
He has served a number of churches in Quebec, New York, Vermont, Washington, and Hawai‘i, and also served as a conference minister in Hawai‘i before returning to British Columbia in 2015. In addition to parish ministry work, he has for over 25 years served on the editorial teams of The Whole People of God and Seasons of the Spirit curriculum, and has written several books on creation spirituality and biblical story. He has also had a few hymns published in various collections – one in Australia, and one in the US.
When he isn’t immersed in active ministry, Donald finds time to work with wool – spinning, weaving, and knitting – and spending time with his grandchildren. He loves being in ministry in a variety of forms, and is especially attracted to the biblical story and ways to make it come alive in our modern world. He and his husband Kevin live in Penticton.