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Rev. Stefan M. Jonasson
Unitarian Universalist Minister

Rev. Stefan Jonasson is a Unitarian Universalist
minister, historian and organizational development
consultant based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Stefan was born and raised in Winnipeg, the
youngest son of Victor O. Jonasson and Eileen
Jonasson (née Dipple). Educated at Assiniboine
School and St. James Collegiate, he graduated
from the Collegiate at the University of Winnipeg
in 1979. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at
the University of Winnipeg in 1988, winning the
University Gold Medal in Religious Studies. In
1997, he received the Master of Divinity degree
from the same university, winning the
Governor-General of Canada's Gold Medal for the
highest standing in a graduate degree.

Stefan joined the staff of the Unitarian
Universalist Association in 1991 as District
Executive for Western Canada, serving in that
role until 2002, when the district's responsibilities
were assumed by the Canadian Unitarian Council.
From 1999 until 2011, he was the Director for
Large Congregations, overseeing the Unitarian
Universalist Association's initiatives to better
serve its largest congregations. In 2011, he was
named Director of Growth Strategies and Large
Congregation Development. He brings to this work
extensive training and experience in
organizational development, personnel
management, leadership training, church size
dynamics, conflict management, and
congregational growth and extension.

Stefan was lay chaplain and ministerial assistant
at the Unitarian Church of Winnipeg (1983-89)
and lay chaplain of the Arborg Unitarian Church
(1989-97). Upon completion of his theological
training, he was ordained and installed as minister
of the Arborg Unitarian Church in 1997, where he
still serves. Since 1994, he has also been minister
of the Gimli Unitarian Church.

Stefan is co-chair of the board of directors of the
Church of the Larger Fellowship, vice president of
The University of Winnipeg Alumni Association,
and a member of the board of directors of
HUUmanists. Since 1981, he has been a member
the editorial board of
The Icelandic Canadian
magazine, with only a brief hiatus, and formerly
served on the board of directors of
Lögberg-Heimskringla.

Stefan was president of the Western Canada
District of the Unitarian Universalist Association
(1984-88) and president of Friends of Religious
Humanism (2000-2003).

A progressive in politics, Stefan has been active
in political campaigns for both Liberals and New
Democrats. He has twice sought elected office
himself as a candidate for the local school board,
in 1980 and 2006, but was usuccessful on both
occasions -- losing by just 161 votes in 2006.

Prior to joining the staff of the UUA, Stefan was
employed in the retail sector as a purchaser,
personnel manager and staff trainer. Stefan and
Cindy (née Nagamori), his wife of thirty years,
live in Winnipeg with their daughter Heather.
Their older daughter, Brandis, is a high school art
teacher in the city.
Rev. Stefan M. Jonasson
9 Rowand Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3J 2N4
(204) 889-4746
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