Rev. Stefan M. Jonasson
Stefan Jonasson is a Unitarian minister, leadership consultant, historian, folklorist, editor and author. He is presently Editor of Lögberg-Heimskringla, the Icelandic community newspaper that has been published in Winnipeg since 1886. Prior to this, he was a member of the professional staff of the Boston-based Unitarian Universalist Association for 24 years, serving successively as District Executive for Western Canada, Director for Large Congregations, and Director of Growth Strategies. He also served as minister to the historically Icelandic Unitarian congregations in Arborg and Gimli, Manitoba.
A graduate of the University of Winnipeg, Stefan holds degrees in arts and theology. He won the University Gold Medal in Religious Studies in 1988 and the Governor General of Canada’s Gold Medal for Academic Excellence in 1997. Since graduation, he has served as President of the University of Winnipeg Alumni Association and he currently sits on the university’s Board of Regents.
Stefan is also a member of the Interfaith Roundtable in Winnipeg and the editorial board of Icelandic Connection magazine. At the request of the Consulate General of Iceland in Winnipeg, he has frequently guided tours for Icelanders visiting the city, and he has also led tour groups of North Americans to Iceland. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 in recognition of his community service. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife, Cindy Nagamori Jonasson. They have two adult daughters – Brandis, a high school art teacher, and Heather, a flutist and graduate student in music.
As an Icelandic Roots volunteer, Stefan serves as an expert on matters related to the church and clergy. He is currently working on several projects to help tell the story of Icelandic churches and clergy.