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.

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