The Rev. Nicholas Forte began his appointment as Associate Incumbent in the Parish of the Valley on January 1st, 2023.
Rev. Nicholas was born in British Guyana, but immigrated to Canada as an infant and grew up primarily in Pickering, just outside Toronto. In 2012, he graduated from the University of Toronto with a double major in Religious Studies and Christianity in Culture, and a minor in English Literature. He then earned a Master of Divinity in 2015 at Trinity College, Toronto School of Theology. Though raised in the Roman Catholic Church, he sought out the Anglican Church as a place where he could put into practice his faith and beliefs, including a commitment to social engagement and the work of justice.
After graduating, he was ordained in June 2015 to the Sacred Order of Deacons, and in November of the same year, to the Sacred Order of Priests. From that time until 2018, he served as the Incumbent of the Parish of New Carlisle and the Parish of Chaleur Bay within the Diocese of Quebec, after which he became the Incumbent of the Parish of St George’s, Châteauguay, and later Incumbent of the Parish of Bedford, within the Diocese of Montreal. Rev. Nicholas’ time in both the Gaspé and the Eastern Townships provided him with significant rural ministry experience.
Rev. Nicholas says that one of the things that drew him to join the Parish of the Valley was the opportunity to work in a team environment while serving a friendly and welcoming community and enjoying the lovely surroundings provided by our unique geography. He is currently residing in Micksburg and describes his lifestyle there as “a joy." He enjoys tinkering with small engines and cars and building furniture and other useful wooden items. He has also travelled a bit, having gone to Jerusalem on a pilgrimage and to Galilee, seeking to travel as much as possible on the paths and cobblestones where Jesus walked.