Ansley Tucker & Travis O'Brian


Ansley Tucker is the dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria and currently serving as administrator of the diocese. She has served in ordained ministry for 40 years, and was privileged to participate in the Anglican Church of Canada’s leadership in the review and revision of our baptismal practice and discipline.

Travis O’Brian  has been incumbent at St Barnabas in Victoria since 2007. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Leuven, Belgium. A father of four and avid fly-fisher, he was ordained in 2004. Travis has also recently held the position of director of Anglican Studies at the Vancouver School of Theology.


The World Council of Churches Faith and Order Paper No 111 names five elements of what takes place in baptism:

  1. Participation in Christ’s Death and Resurrection
  2. Conversion, Pardoning and Cleansing
  3. The Gift of the Spirit
  4. Incorporation into the Body of Christ
  5. The Sign of the Kingdom   

Each of these is worthy of remembering, as well as ongoing reflection and meditation. In our baptismal liturgy in the Book of Alternative Serivces each candidate for baptism is asked six questions. This session explores the following two questions:  

  1. Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers? 
  2. Will you persevere in resisting evil and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?