Our Senior Minister Rev. Dr. Laurence DeWolfe, comes to us from Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, where he taught preaching and pastoral leadership for fifteen years, and directed the distance degree program. In Halifax he also served as pastor of the Church of Saint David and Interim Minister at Calvin Church.

Laurence is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Knox College in Toronto, and McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago. He is married to Rev. Janet DeWolfe, a Child and Youth Mental Health Worker. They have one daughter, Maggie, who lives and works in Kitchener.

A few years ago senior students at AST introduced Laurence to new students, saying, “This guy will teach you something, whether you want to be taught or not.” He loves to teach, especially when he can teach by telling stories. He has a habit of giving long answers to short questions. Preaching and leading worship are his greatest joys. He sees being with people as a pastor in their times of joy and sorrow as a great privilege.

Laurence likes to quote the Chinese philosopher, Lao-Tze, who said, “The mark of a true leader is that, when he isgone, they will say, ‘We did it ourselves.’” He often says, “God’s call to us is always forward, outward, and toward the other.” He sees his work as helping Glenview live its mission statements: "Transforming Lives" and "Seek the peace of the city, for when the city prospers, everyone prospers."

Whenever he has time Laurence enjoys singing and listening to choral music, savouring good food and wine, reading a Scottish murder mystery, watching a good pitching game of baseball, and cheering for Arsenal in the English Premier League (just not all at the same time). He loves to think through big issues while taking long walks, especially if he has a conversation partner who also likes to walk.

He recently wrote a chapter in a book of essays about the popular author C.S. Lewis. The book, Both Sides of the Wardrobe, will be released soon. His latest project is writing a paper that has been accepted for presentation at a conference in South Africa next March: Paradox and Promise: Preaching in Canada Post-Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

You can read Laurence's monthly column in the Presbyterian Record here.

He can be reached at (416) 488-1156 x 26 or by email: Laurence [at] glenviewchurch [dot] ca