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Pastoral Relations Commission

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About the Pastoral Relations Commission

The Pastoral Relations Commission sets policy and gives direction within their mandate.  The Pastoral Relations Commission provides support for ministry personnel throughout their ministry, including equipping, covenanting, pastoral relationships and retirement.

Pastoral Relations Commission Policies

The Canadian Shield Regional Council Pastoral Relations Commission policies and proceedures have been consolidated into a manual. They are reviewed and updated on a regular basis.

Canadian Shield Regional Council Pastoral Relations Commission Policies and Procedures Manual – (May 2020 – PDF | 18 pages)

Other Regional Polices can be found here.


Members of the PRC:

  • John Watson (Chairperson)  
  • Secretary – Karen Gooch
  • Fraser Williamson (Liaison Officer)
  • Stewart Walker (Liaison Officer)
  • Joy Galloway (Liaison Officer)
  • Erin Todd (Member)
  • Jane Graham (Member)
  • Ted Harrison (Member)
  • Elaine Lush (Member)
  • Erwin Thompson (Member)
  • Joy Bott (Member)
  • Rob Smith (Staff Resource)


If you require access to regional minutes please see the Record of Proceedings page, where all our minutes have been archived. 

Please contact Donna Rutz at if you need further assistance. Thank you.


Staff Support

Robert Smith

Robert Smith

Pastoral Relations Minister

Phone: 1-833-236-0281 Ext. 3

Serves in: Canadian Shield Regional Council

Location: Teleworks and works in the Thunder Bay Office.

Role: Rob encourages and supports ministry personnel toward health, joy, and excellence in ministry practice.

Contact Rob about: Conflict Resolution; Finding A New Minister; Licensed Lay Worship Leaders; Licenses To Administer Sacraments; Pastoral Relationships Policy; Resources for Transition Times; Retirement; Sabbaticals; Sick Leave; Short Term Supply Ministers; Visiting Minister Options.

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Donna Rutz

Donna Rutz

SWRC Communications and Administrative Support

Phone: 416-231-7680  |  1-800-268-3781
Extension: 6145

Serves in: Shining Waters Regional Council

Location: Teleworks and works in the Toronto Office. Please call ahead to ensure the office is open.

Role: Donna provides administrative support to the region as a whole including communications, record-keeping, event planning, office management, and reception.

Contact Donna about: General Inquiries; Community Events; Communication Oversite; Covenanting Services; Records Management; Regional Events; Social Media; Updating Contact/Subscription Information; Website.

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