The Rev. Vivian Lam
Vivian comes to us from her previous position as Rector of St. Matthias & St. Luke (now St. Titus) in Oakridge, Vancouver, and before that, she was Curate at St. Peter’s in Bay Shore, New York, serving as assistant priest and day school chaplain.
She was born in Hong Kong, and spent her childhood and youth both there and in the U.S. (in New York and New Jersey). She holds a B.A. in Metropolitan Studies from New York University, and an M.Div. from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) in Berkeley, California.
Before she was a priest, Vivian worked for several years in New York City non-profits, including managing membership services for the Freelancers Union, connecting those in non traditional work situations to affordable insurance benefits.
She has also worked in the development offices of the General Theological Seminary and CDSP, supporting work in institutional fundraising and alumni connections. Throughout her ministry life, she has been active in work on local and national levels, including teaching Sunday school, playing piano, and leading various youth and young adult ministries in both the Asian American/Canadian and broader communities.
She is enthusiastic about ways that people of all ages can continually grow in faith and live out this faith in day-to-day life, as well as how to share the Gospel more effectively in traditional and new ways. She is interested in ministry to and with those on the margins, and has done mission work in Panama and post-Katrina New Orleans; she also has been on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to learn more about the lives of local Palestinian Christians.
She has served in several leadership roles in the wider diocese including helping to develop: anti-racism ministry workshops; the lay spiritual formation retreat “Pro Mundi Vita – For the Life of the World”; and Hineni House, a young adult intentional spiritual community.
Vivian and her husband Bascom, who teaches anthropology at Simon Fraser University, love exploring various neighbourhoods in their free time. They welcome your suggestions for new local things to experience here in Port Moody and surrounding areas!