Temporary Bishop, The Right Reverend Dr. Grant LeMarquand Bishop Grant LeMarquand is a native of Montreal, Canada. He gave his life to Christ while in High School in a somewhat dramatic fashion (long story) and has sought to be a grateful follower of Jesus ever since.
Grant is a graduate of McGill University and Montreal Diocesan Theological College. He married Wendy (née Beraha) in 1980. He was ordained deacon in 1983 and priest in 1984 and served two parishes in Montreal before he and Wendy went to Kenya as missionaries of the Anglican Church of Canada where Grant taught at St Paul’s United Theological College in Limuru and Wendy served as the college physician from 1987-89. Those three years in Kenya gave Grant and Wendy a love for Africa which did not subside. Returning to Canada, Grant studied and then taught at Wycliffe College, Toronto where he completed a Th.D. in New Testament studies. Moving to Pittsburgh in 1998, Grant served until 2012 as Professor of Biblical Studies and Mission at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. Throughout those years in Canada and the U.S. Grant was frequently able to return to Africa - both to do research and teach, and to lead short term mission trips of theological students.
From 2012 until 2017 Grant was the Area Bishop for The Horn of Africa within the Anglican/Episcopal Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa. His episcopal area apparently included oversight of approximately 38 churches in the countries of Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia and Ethiopia. However, when the LeMarquands arrived in Ethiopia there were approximately 50 churches in the episcopal area (and only about a dozen clergy). There are now more than twenty clergy, about 150 churches. In addition to training and being responsible for the clergy of the region, and the building of numerous new churches, Grant supervised multiple programs including a literacy program, youth ministry, Sunday school teacher training, lay readers training, and emergency response to crises including fires, floods and new refugees. He also oversaw the founding of a new theological college (St Frumentius’), which had its first graduation in June 2018.
In 2014 Wycliffe awarded him a D.D. and in 2015 he was made Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity School for Ministry. In 2015 Grant was commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury and by Pope Francis to be one of 38 IARCCUM (International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission) bishops.
Grant has written and edited numerous articles and books, including A Comparative Study of the Story of the Bleeding Woman in North Atlantic and African Contexts (Peter Lang), [with Marc Nikkel] Why Haven’t You Left? Letters from the Sudan (Church Publications), [with Joseph Galgalo] Challenges to Theological Education in Contemporary Africa: Reflections on Curriculum Development and Theological Method (Zapf), [with Chris Barrigar] The True and Living Word: Sermons from the Community of Wycliffe College (Anglican Book Centre). For further bibliography see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant_LeMarquand.
Grant and Wendy returned to North America in November 2017 due to Wendy having some serious health problems. In the 2018-2019 academic year, Grant was Visiting Professor of New Testament at Trinity School for Ministry and has recently been appointed to be Professor of Mission and Director of the Stanway Institute for World Mission and Evangelism at Trinity.
Grant and Wendy have two grown children (David and Chara) and one grandchild (Samuel).