On behalf of the Committee to Advise the Moderator, I am pleased to announce that the name of the Rev. Douglas H. Rollwage, minister at Zion Presbyterian Church, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, will be placed as the sole nominee to be Moderator of the 2016 General Assembly on June 3, 2016 at York University, Toronto, Ontario.
Douglas Rollwage is in his 28th year of pastoral ministry in The Presbyterian Church in Canada. A graduate of Queen’s Theological College and Knox College, Douglas has served congregations in Kingston (Strathcona Park), Toronto (Guildwood) and currently Charlottetown (Zion).
A deep love of and respect for scripture has made Bible study a cornerstone of Douglas’ ministry; he regards indepth (and entertaining!) Bible study as forum for congregational discipleship and leadership development, as well as a strong source of community outreach and church growth.
An abiding interest in Church History, particularly that of the Reformation and its theological roots in the Patristic age, has provided Douglas with a ‘long view’ of the Presbyterian Church’s place in the story of the wider church, and the basis of our relationship with other denominations.
Douglas has had the privilege of leading many congregants, clergy and students on archaeological, historical and Biblical pilgrimages to Israel, as well as Greece and Turkey. Encountering the events of the New Testament and words of Jesus, Paul, and others ‘on site’ has proven inspirational and transformational. To see people coming alive to their faith through study, sermon or pilgrimage is the great motivating joy of Douglas’ ministry.
Together with his congregation, Douglas is a passionate supporter of missions, particularly the work of the Canadian Food Grains Bank. Working together with local farmers, landowners and sponsors, Zion’s work with CFGB has provided hundreds of thousands of meals for hungry families the world over.
Douglas has served the church locally, provincially and nationally, moderating presbyteries and serving as convener of many committees. He currently serves on the General Assembly’s Ecumenical and Interfaith Committee. His long tenure as a resource person to the Assembly Office has meant attending over 15 consecutive General Assemblies, providing Douglas with a strong sense of both the dynamics as well as the mechanics of an Assembly.
Douglas is indebted to his wife of 33 years, Dana (public school teacher). They have two children, Hannah (23, a musician) and Jacob (20, a student)
Read more about Douglas in a previous interview with The Presbyterian Record by senior writer and online editor Connie Wardle.