"Canon Todd Townshend was elected 14th bishop of the diocese of Huron at a diocesan synod Oct. 26 ". "Townshend is the dean of the faculty of theology at Huron University College, a position he has held since 2013. He has also worked as a university instructor and associate professor, and as a parish priest". "Among his top priorities as bishop, Townshend said, is finding creative ways to organize the church as numbers and finances decline. .... He also said that reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and discipleship will be themes of his upcoming work". "Townshend served as the chair of the General Synod's Theological Education Commission and is a member of its pension committee. He was ordained as a priest in the diocese of Huron in 1992, and became the diocese's canon theologian in 2009. His father, Bishop Robert (Bob) Townshend, and grandfather, Bishop William Townshend both served as suffragan bishops of the diocese of Huron. Townshend will be consecrated at St. Paul's Cathedral on Jan. 25 . He succeeds the previous bishop of Huron, Linda Nicholls, who in July  was elected primate of the Anglican Church of Canada".