The Right Reverend
Dr. Jane Alexander
Denomination Anglican Church of Canada
Senior posting
See Edmonton
Title Bishop of Edmonton
Period in office 2008 — Present
Predecessor Victoria Matthews
Successor Incumbent
Religious career
Priestly ordination 2001
Previous post Dean and Rector of All Saints' Cathedral

Jane Alexander is a bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada, and the current Bishop of Edmonton.[1] She was installed on May 11th, 2008 at All Saints' Anglican Cathedral.[2] Until her consecration she served as Dean and Rector of All Saints' Cathedral. She is the first female Diocesan Bishop to succeed another female Diocesan Bishop in the Anglican Communion.

Early life and teaching career

Alexander grew up in England. As a child she was forbidden from attending any religious classes at school by her father.[3] It was not until she was 25 that she was baptized with her eldest child into the Church of England.[2]

Alexander graduated from the Newcastle University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, having done a thesis on English Liturgical Music from 1370–1430.[1] She then worked as a music teacher, eventually specializing in special education.[1]

After moving to Canada with her family in 1990 she earned a Master of Education in 1993, followed by a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in 1996, both from the University of Alberta.[1] She then worked as a professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta.


In 1998 Alexander was ordained a Deacon. She was ordained a Priest in 2001 after earned her Masters of Theological Studies from Newman Theological College, a private Roman Catholic college. She worked at a number of parishes in the Diocese of Edmonton[1]. In 2006 she was appointed Dean of All Saints' Cathedral in Edmonton.[1][4]


In 2007 Bishop Victoria Matthews resigned as Bishop of Edmonton, and Alexander became Diocesan Administrator in her capacity as Dean of the Diocese. She was elected Bishop on 8 March 2008 on the third ballot.[1] Officials had been worried that the election may have gone on much longer, having pre-printed off eight ballots.[3]

Alexander was consecrated as a Bishop at All Saints' Cathedral and formally installed as Bishop of Edmonton in All Saints' Cathedral on 11 May 2008, Pentecost Sunday.[2]

One of Alexander's first acts as Bishop was to state that she would not bend the rules on the exchange of marital vows. "Basically, I'm a play-by-the-rules girl," she stated, further adding that the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada would revisit the issue in 2010.[2]


Preceded by
Gregory Kerr-Wilson
Dean and Rector of All Saints' Cathedral
Succeeded by
Lee Bezanson
Preceded by
Victoria Matthews
Bishop of Edmonton


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Anglican Diocese of Edmonton
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 New Anglican bishop ‘will play by the rules’
  3. 3.0 3.1 Alexander elected Anglican bishop of Edmonton
  4. messenger_03-07_p1.indd

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