Our Rector

Rev. Canon Dr. Henry P. Jansma has lived in the United States and in England. Prior to planting All Souls Anglican in 2014, Henry also served in the Church of England (1991-2001) and the Episcopal Church (2001-2013).

Henry holds degrees from Northeastern Bible College (B.A.), Westminster Seminary Philadelphia (Masters), Lincoln Theological College, UK (Certificate in Ministry and Mission) and The University of Durham, UK (Ph.D.), and has taught homiletics in the Diocese of Lincoln Lay Reader School, as well as Reformation History in the Diocese of New Jersey Deacon School. His Ph.D. thesis is The Prophetic Office in the Theology of John Calvin. Henry remains a student of the Reformation period, particularly in early Anglican theology and the Elizabethan Puritan movement.

His pastoral experience began as Assistant Curate of St. Mary and St. Nicolas, Spalding in 1991 when Henry served as an assistant in a large town parish church, in various rural parish churches in the fens of southeastern Lincolnshire, and as a part-time hospital chaplain. He was later installed as Vicar of St. Aidan’s, Cleethorpes, an inner-city parish in Northeast Lincolnshire. St. Aidan’s was identified as an Urban Priority Area, an area of special economic and social need. Henry was also a regular speaker on BBC Radio Humberside’s Pause for Thought. Returning to the United States on September 11, 2001, Henry was appointed the Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Haddon Heights, a previously troubled parish church. He sacrificially led the people in a return to orthodox, biblical Christianity.

Henry was ordained priest in the Church of England in 1992 and is now canonically resident in the Anglican Diocese of the Living Word, Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), since October 2013. Henry was appointed Canon Theologian for the Diocese in December 2014.

Henry also writes as an Anglican contributor on Meet the Puritans a blog of The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.

Henry lives with his wife Barbara in Mt. Ephraim NJ. He is a keen gardener, spending many happy hours in his traditional cottage back garden.