Flags at half mast in memory of Reverend Rod Carter
The Queen’s flags will remain lowered in honour of Reverend Rod Carter who passed away peacefully on May 23. Reverend Carter taught at the Queen's School of Religion for a decade in the graduate theology programs and the Diploma Program in Restorative Justice.
After serving a period of incarceration in Kingston Penitentiary, Reverend Carter proudly earned a federal pardon and worked passionately to improve the lives of others. He worked both in the military and as a teacher before experiencing a call to ministry in The United Church of Canada in 1984, and was immediately appointed to serve several Aboriginal communities in Alberta. In 1990, Reverend Carter began his career with Correctional Service of Canada as a Chaplain at Joyceville Institution before being appointed as Regional Chaplain of the Ontario Region. In 2000, Reverend Carter was seconded to Queen's Theological College where, as Director of the Restorative Justice Program from 2000 to 2010, he pioneered the establishment of an internationally recognized post-secondary program that subsequently trained hundreds of people from around the world. His work earned him many accolades over the course of his career, including most recently an Alumni Achievement Award from Queen's Theological College in 2009.
A memorial service jointly planned by the Queen's School of Religion and Correctional Service of Canada, in consultation with Reverend Carter's family, will be held on June 18 at 3 pm at Chalmers United Church in Kingston, reception to follow in the church hall. Online condolences can be sent to scott.harris@CSC-SCC.GC.CA.