Our Staff

Rev. Dr. Douglas Rollwage, Dp.Theo, B.Th., M.T.S., M.Div., D.D.
-Senior Minister
Email: revdoug@zionpres.org
Phone: 902-566-5363

Douglas Rollwage is in his 35th 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. His long tenure as a resource person to the Assembly Office has meant attending over 18 consecutive General Assemblies, providing Douglas with a strong sense of both the dynamics as well as the mechanics of an Assembly. Douglas served as Moderator of the 142nd General Assembly. In 2022, the degree of Doctor of Divinity, Honoris Causa, was conferred upon Douglas by the Presbyterian College, Montreal, of the McGill University School of Theology.

Douglas is indebted to his wife of 39 years, Dana (public school teacher). They have two children, Hannah (30, a teacher and musician) and Jacob (26, a graduate student). They rejoice in their granddaughter Aoife (3).

Rev. Dr. Gordon J. Matheson, D.D. -Minister Emeritus   

Faye Barrett -Music DirectorPhone: 902-566-5363   

Melissa Deelstra – Christian Education Coordinator

Melissa Deelstra brings a wealth of enthusiasm and experience to our Sunday School Program. She has previously served as a partner missionary in Jos, Nigeria and as the director of Soccer Camp for Christ in Chatham, Ontario.  Melissa and her husband, Tom Deelstra have four young children, Hannah, Breanne, Kate and Matthew.

Dianne White -Church Administrator
Email: admin@zionpres.org
Phone: 902-566-5363  

Donna MacLean, Ann Affleck & Alane Kirkham 

Zion Jr. Kindergarten Staff                                                                                       

John Barrett

Clerk of Session 

Ron MacMillan

Chair of Board of Trustees