Rev. Stefan M. Jonasson
Rev. Stefan Jonasson of Winnipeg, MB is an Icelandic Clergy and Churches Specialist. He 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. He has been a frequent tour guide for Icelanders visiting Winnipeg, at the request of the Consulate General of Iceland in the city, and he has 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, and they have two adult daughters – Brandis, a high school art teacher, and Heather, a flutist and graduate student in music.
Icelandic Roots is very fortunate to have Stefan on our team as the Church and Clergy expert. He is working on several projects to tell the story of the Icelandic Clergy and Churches.