Charlottetown Salvation Army leader Major Daniel Roode was recently sworn in as the 2017 president of the Charlottetown Area Christian Council (CACC).
Roode’s interest in the Christian tradition was heavily influenced by his grandmother, who kept him on the “straight and narrow” in his formative years. She also encouraged him to attend a Salvation Army Church.
“The Salvation Army gave me the opportunity to develop my faith and some valuable leadership skills,” he said.
Roode was heavily involved in Boy Scouts, which helped him become a leader with the ability to articulate in helping others. This led to him being elected president of his high school student council.
Family influences in the Baptist, Lutheran, Roman Catholic and Salvation Army leave him exceptionally qualified to lead the Charlottetown Area Christian Council.
Roode, who is originally from British Columbia, is a graduate of Booth University College in Winnipeg and of the Salvation Army’s College for Officer Training, which was located in Toronto. He continues to be involved in graduate studies in theology, management and the not-for-profit sector. He is married for 27 years to his wife, Glenda, who is his partner in family and church activity.
Roode has a great deal of experience serving Canadians from coast-to-coast in the following provinces: Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, British Columbia and now P.E.I.
His experience is vast, including active emergency disaster service at home and outside of the country. His vocational interests involve how Christian beliefs and practices relevantly address and engage the increasingly complex world. He serves as chairman of the Maritime Ministry Institute, is a member of the Homelessness Partnership Strategy Community Advisory Board for P.E.I. and is a member of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown-Royalty.
As president, Roode will continue representing Christ to the community by developing a yearlong media strategy, start a Good Friday “cross walk” and help with Christmas Caroling in Charlottetown. He wants to reach out to a wider Christian Community – using the theme “join with us” and continuing the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity; be proactive in enhancing the CACC mission and engaging the CACC membership. He will provide Christian content and leadership that lifts the soul by continuing the Annual Prayer Breakfast, Holy Week Services and supporting the worship component of the CACC’s regular monthly meetings. He plans to do everything possible as president to bring value to the CACC membership by providing current and relevant insight on matters of spiritual concern.