Stewart Payne was born and raised in Fogo, NL, the tenth of eleven children born to Alberta and Hilda (Oake) Payne. Following high school graduation (grade 11) from St. Andrew’s Anglican all grade school, he attended two summer schools at Memorial College in St. John’s, NL, 1949 and 1950, where he studied teacher training and afterwards taught school for three years.
In 1952, Stewart returned to Memorial University and Queen’s Theological College in St. John’s to study and prepare for ordained ministry in the Anglican Church. He was ordained a deacon in June 23, 1957 and a priest June 8, 1958. He served in three different parishes for a total of twenty one years before being ordained a bishop (Diocese of Western Newfoundland) June 23, 1978. From 1990 to 1997, when he retired, Stewart served as Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada.
Stewart and Selma Carlson Penny were married October 11, 1962 and are the proud parents of four naturally born children, Christopher, Carla, Robert and Angela, and one adopted daughter Veronica.
Stewart has served on a number of Church related committees on the Diocesan, Provincial and National levels. While serving in the Parish of St. Anthony, he was a member of the International Grenfell Association. In retirement he is an honorary assistant at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Corner Brook and a mentor for the “Education for Ministry” Program and is ready to fill in when needed. Stewart is a volunteer canvasser, annually, for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Other interests over the years have been reading, walking, gardening and, in more recent years, bowling with seniors. He is the author of the book Cut from the Cloth of Fogo.