The Rev Rowan Zeelie joined us in July 2014 as a probationer minister. He is originally from Port Elizabeth, South Africa and this is his first appointment in full-time ministry. He is married to Joanne and they have two daughters Rachael and Bianca.
As a young boy Rowan regularly attended Sunday School at the Salvation Army, but it was at the age of 25 that he made a life-changing commitment to God and began his ministerial journey as a Local Preacher in the Methodist Church in South Africa in 2001.
In August 2002, Rowan and Joanne moved from Port Elizabeth to Portlaoise, Co. Laois for what was planned to be a two year working holiday before moving back to South Africa and pursuing a life in the ministry there. It was during this time that they began to sense that it was God’s intention for them not to return to South Africa.
After four years in Maidstone, Kent, where their daughters were born, Rowan and Joanne returned to Ireland, with Rowan entering into training for the ministry at Edgehill Theological College in Belfast in 2011.
Rowan believes that by entering into a personal, transforming relationship with God through Jesus Christ, we accept God’s invitation to join God at work in the world where we are called to engage with people of all communities, preaching and living out the Gospel of love, forgiveness and reconciliation that includes not only our relationship with each other, but with all of Creation.
“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.” Romans 8:19-21