The Rev. Sybil Mosley to Receive Honorary Doctorate

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Honorary Doctorate Recipient 2023
The Board of Governors of The Presbyterian College is pleased to announce that the Doctor of Divinity degree (honoris causa) will be conferred on the Rev. Sybil Mosley at the Spring 2023 Convocation of The Presbyterian College. (May 18, 2023)

The ministry of the Rev. Sybil Mosley has been described in this way: “Sybil brings to pastoral ministry a wealth of previous experience, a deep love for and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and a love for people. She approaches ministry with humility and compassion, with bold courage and indomitable faith. She is passionate, and she is wise in the ways of the Holy Spirit.”

The Rev. Mosley is being recognized in particular for (i) her service in pastoral ministry and (ii) her service to the wider church. Sybil came to ministry as a second career and, following completion of her M.Div. at The Presbyterian College, was appointed to Livingstone Presbyterian Church in 2010 (an aid-receiving congregation at the time). She was reappointed for a second three-year term in 2013 and then became the called minister in 2016. In nominating her, a colleague has offered: “For more than 13 years, Sybil has helped the congregation become faithfully hopeful, practically compassionate towards neighbours, supportive and gracious towards each other, and financially stable.”

In relation to her service to the denomination, it is noteworthy that the Rev. Mosley served as Moderator of The Presbytery of Montreal for three consecutive years, including through the first and very difficult 18 months of the pandemic. She also moderated ably through sometimes difficult discussions and decisions in relation to the Remits relating to marriage and human sexuality. As a nominator has expressed it: “Her moderating style was very gentle and respectful, yet there is a basic firmness in her leadership.”

Most important in all of the above, is Sybil’s commitment to prayer and to leading others into a prayerful approach to ministry. “She is the only person, over the past two decades of the moderatorship, who organized a regular, normally weekly, call to prayer to all members of the court. It is clear that in her own life each important decision is preceded by a time or prayer.” The Rev. Mosley models a prayerful approach to ministry, invites others into such prayerfulness, and prays regularly and meaningfully for colleagues and others in the church. This is a gift and encouragement and challenge to those who serve around her, and represents an approach to ministry that the College wishes to acknowledge and honour.

In responding to this honour, the Rev. Mosley indicates that she accepts it alongside all those, lay and ordained, who have served with her in ministry—it is only with this community of God’s people that she has been able to serve Christ faithfully in the church. Her desire is that all glory be give to God for His faithfulness to his people, and for God’s equipping of us together for service.

11 Responses
  1. Enjei Achah

    Congratulations to her. This is so well deserved. I am so proud of the College for this choice. It is the perfect choice for this year. Blessings.

  2. Juliana Blackman

    TO God be the glory great things He has done. Having known Rev. Sybil for many years she is well deserving of this honor. She loves the Lord and His people and works tirelessly for Him.
    May God continue to bless and keep you DR Mosley as you labour in His vineyard.

  3. Prudence Neba

    Blessings Sybil. You deserve this and more from the Living God you serve with great devotion. You are an outstanding intercessor in God’s kingdom. 👏👏👏👏👏❤

  4. Ruth Moseley Peart

    dear sister. you have truly demonstrated your self dedication and perseverance. may God bless you with all of the success that awaits you. am so proud of you. congratulation on your doctorate. love you.

  5. Flo H-D

    Congratulations my Prayer Warrior Friend.🙏🏾You never Fail to Encourage. You are a true servant of God & HE has Rewarded you with his Blessings. Continue serving. To GOD be the GLORY.🙌🏽Much Love💕.

  6. Dahlia Fraser

    This is a wonderful endorsement for one who has served her Lord faithfully. Rev Mosley is a role model for those in pastoral ministry. We’ll deserved! Congratulations to Presbyterian College for recognising the key elements of Christian ministry in your choice of Rev Mosley.

  7. Barbara Duguid

    Dearest Sybil, my friend and sister, I am so happy that your work in ministry is being recognized in this grand way!! God is always at work in and through you and we are all the better for it. You never keep your gifts for yourself and God has continued to use you as his faithful servant. You are an excellent role model for all who dedicate, or seek to dedicate their lives to Christ and His work in the world. I am proud to be your friend. You are truly a woman of prayer; a woman of God; and a blessing to all who know you. May God continue to strengthen and guide you as you humbly do His work. May people continue to be blessed by your example and surround you with love and support. I am SO excited!!! Can’t wait for May 18th. God bless.

  8. Francis Owusu

    Congratulations Rev. Sybil on your deserved award. And we know that our work for the Lord will not be in vain. You have served the Lord, the church, the Presbytery, the College, the community, and the people with all your heart, mind, and soul. We are so proud of you for your selfless service and we thank the college for the recognition with honor. God willing, we will come to support you on the 18th of May 2023. Blessings

  9. Chinenye

    Congratulations Rev. Sybil my dear friend & former neighbor. Well deserved, so proud of you!! To God be the glory 🙏🏾

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