Leading the way
Salvation Army couple with local roots earn promotions to top ranks
A husband and wife team with strong ties to the Trinity Conception region are preparing to take on new leadership roles that will see them elevated to the top ranks of the Salvation Army in North America.
Colonels Brian and Rosalie Peddle, who live in London, England, are the new leaders for the Canada and Bermuda Territory. Presently serving as colonels, the Peddles will be promoted to the rank of commissioner in July. • Founded — 1882 in Toronto, Ont.; 1886 in Newfoundland and Labrador; 1896 in Bermuda • Headquarters — Toronto • Canadian reach — 400 communities • Social outreach — 1.6 million offered assistance in Canada and Bermuda (2010) • Community churches — 314 • Institutions — 121 • Officers — 860 (active); 927 (retired) • Employees — 9,270 • Junior soldiers — 2,838 • Senior soldiers — 18,582
Brian is a native of Norman’s Cove and first became involved with the church in New Harbour. He will become territorial commander. Rosalie is a native of Carbonear and will become the new territorial president of women’s ministries.
“ We are del ighted with the opportunity to lead The Salvation Army in our home Territor y - Canada and Bermuda,” wrote the Peddles in a joint message to The Compass . “ We are sti l l over - whelmed by the responsibility of the appointment, appreciate the confidence our leaders have in us for giving us this significant leadership opportunity, and grateful to God for his courage and grace to equip us for the task.”
The new job will require the Peddles to return to Canada after a two-year stay in London, where they served as the second in command for the church’s activities in the Uni ted Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. They will live in Toronto, and plan on visiting Newfoundland and Labrador after having not set foot in the province for five years.
Of course, the Peddles have a solid excuse for being unable to visit home. Over the last few years, they have uprooted themselves multiple times.
After filling leadership roles in both Ontario and the Maritimes, the Peddles were asked to move to Aukland, New Zealand in 2007 to lead the Northern Division of the Salvation Army. They came to London in 2009.
“ It is a privilege to move across Canada, to New Zealand and now to the United Kingdom,” they write. “ We don’t get to put down ‘ roots’ but, for example, the people you meet and the experiences we have enjoyed are incredible. After two days of arriving in Auckland, Rosalie met a pen pal she had written to as a young girl living in Carbonear. The only challenge we have faced ( besides driving on the left) has been the personal reality of being away from family and the familiar (and maybe a good supply of partridge berries and bakeapple jam).”
Their new duties for the Salvation Army will cover all facets of the church’s work in Canda and Bermuda. They will examine the spiritual focus of the Army, its programme and ministry, its finances, public reputation, and its mem- bership goals.
“ Having been away from Canada for five years, we will need to spend our early days listening to the story of the Army and catching a good understanding of the vision that already exists. Specifically, we want to lead an Army that is growing both in numbers and effectiveness. We want to lead a Salvation Army that is impacting the world for God and for good.”
The job wi l l require travel throughout the territory, both together and separately, within its seven regions. One of those regions is Newfoundland and Labrador, with its office in St. John’s. The Peddles previously spent eight years leading the Salvation Army St. John’s Citadel congregation on Adams Avenue.
“ With this new leadership appointment, we are looking forward to being reacquainted with our home province.”
Rosalie Peddle (left) and Brian Peddle are returning to Canada after several years spent in New Zealand and the United Kingdom as leaders within the Salvation Army. The couple are the new Territorial Leaders of the church for the Canada and Bermuda Territory. Rosalie is originally from Carbonear, and Brain hails from Norman’s Cove.