John Wilker-Blakley was born in Winnipeg in 1958, but raised in Ottawa from 1962 on. He attended Brookfield High School and participated in high school athletics in track and cross country running and skiing. He spent much time sailing on the Ottawa River.
He attended Carleton University for a BA in religious studies, and then Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario where he earned a Master of Divinity degree before being Ordained Deacon on Ascension Day 1983, and Priest on St Andrew’s Day (November 30th) 1983.
Since then he has served as Assistant Curate at All Saints’ Westboro, and as incumbent at The Parish of Wakefield, St Barnabas Deep River, St Michael and All Angels Ottawa, The Parish of Bearbrook, Vars, and Navan, St Matthias Ottawa, briefly as Associate priest at All Saints’ Westboro, and incumbent of the Parish of March before retiring in May of 2021. John has been worshipping and Preaching as a retired priest at All Saints’ Westboro.
John is married to Wendy and they have three adult children. John is an avid outdoorsman, bush-crafter, hiker and paddler and has had many adventures in Algonquin Park and other areas of the Ottawa Valley, vacationing yearly at their cabin in Eganville. John and Wendy are moving to Eganville permanently at the end of May of this year, where they will reside in retirement.