Alison was born in London, UK and immigrated to Canada with her family when she was 6 years of age. She was raised in a small town in northern Saskatchewan but moved again with her family to Mississauga when she completed high school. Alison holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Toronto and an MRel from Wycliffe College. She is currently finishing a PhD dissertation in political theology at the Toronto School of Theology where she also works as the Administrator of the Doctor of Ministry Program. Raised in a Christian home, Alison first sensed a call to ordained ministry while participating in a United Church youth group as a teenager. Later she found her way to Anglicanism and joined the pastoral staff of St. James Cathedral, working with young adults. She is interested in a wholistic spiritual development that unites contemplation and action. Singing, song writing, playing the piano and guitar, and writing fiction are favourite pastimes. She also practices hatha yoga daily and loves to move, whether walking or cycling around Toronto. She is married to the Rev. Jeff Nowers, Associate Priest of St. Aidan’s in the Beach and they have one young daughter, Ava.