Jesse Edgington graduated from Kings with a B.Sc. in Biology in 2000, and initially went on to work in animal services at both the University of Victoria and the University of Alberta. In 2016, Jesse started a new career with the Northern Alberta Diaconal Conference (NADC) through which he mobilizes and supports Christian Reformed church deacons to pursue justice, mercy, and poverty alleviation in their communities throughout northern Alberta.
Jesse organizes the annual Day of Encouragement, which brings in regional and national leaders to teach local deacons about issues of justice, poverty, and community development. Through his role, Jesse is also incredibly invested in the Micah Centre at King’s and is a key support to King’s students in their fundraising and preparation for King’s annual Honduras Water Project.
Jesse has a passion for creation care and climate justice. Along with fellow church members, he has created a children’s nature space and planted many trees, created compost bins and garden boxes, and installed bee hotels and bird houses at his church.
Another passion and continued area of learning is reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Jesse has helped organize events that bring settlers and Indigenous peoples together, and was instrumental in organizing last year’s Walk for Common Ground, which brought together hundreds of settler and Indigenous peoples in Edmonton to walk and advocate for reconciliation and justice in downtown Edmonton.
Jesse is a regular volunteer at Edmonton Native Friendship Centre, a drop-in and support service for Edmonton’s Indigenous community, and is beginning a commitment to work with The Mustard Seed’s Open Door Program, supporting men and women leaving federal prison and resettling in Edmonton. Jesse loves King’s so much that he is currently pursuing a certificate in the Micah Center. In Roy Berkenbosch’s reference letter for Jesse’s nomination, he states the following of Jesse, “He embodies the very thing we seek in all our grads - an agent of reconciliation and a witness to shalom.”
Jesse Edgington was the 2019 recipient of The King's University, Servant Leader Award.