St Thomas Anglican Church


Rev. Michael Batten


Michael Batten MVA Original

Michael Batten was born and raised in Victoria on Vancouver Island, where he was taught to view with suspicion the strange goings-on across the water near the mouth of Fraser’s River.  He holds an M.A. from the University of Victoria, and an M.Div. from the Vancouver School of Theology.  He was ordained in 1992 and served four parishes in the Diocese of Cariboo before moving to Vancouver in 1999.

In the Diocese of New Westminster, Michael served parishes in the Downtown East Side, the West End, and West Vancouver before being appointed Rector of St David of Wales, Hastings-Sunrise, in 2005 and opening the doors of that parish to the members of the Nisga’a Nation living in the Metro Vancouver region.  In 2014, Michael came to St Thomas’, and is very happy to be able to continue his relationship and ministry with the people and neighbourhoods of East Van.  In fact, he is happy that he has been able to overcome his upbringing, and quite enjoys living and working on the eastern shore of the Salish Sea!

Michael has been adopted by a family in the Laxgibuu (Wolf) tribe of the Nisga’a Nation, and calls the village of Gitwinksihlkw in the beautiful Nass Valley his second home.  He and his wife live with their three children (and a very friendly German Shepherd cross named Isabelle) in North Vancouver.