IWU graduate Rev. Thurland Brown received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at a ceremony in St. Andrew’s West, Ontario on December 9 of last year, in honor of lifelong contributions to his eastern Ontario community, the Wesleyan Information Network reports.
Brown is the pastor of Winchester Wesleyan Church in Winchester, Ontario and the District Secretary of the Central Canada District of the Wesleyan Church. He graduated from IWU in 2001 with a master’s degree in ministry.
Brown received the award at a December 9 ceremony at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in St. Andrew’s West, Ontario, from Guy Lauzon, the local member of the Canadian Parliament.
The Central Canada District reports that Eric Duncan, the mayor of Ontario’s North Dundas township, read a statement during the ceremony:
When still in high school, Pastor Thurland Brown was at fault in what could/should have been a very serious car accident. By the grace of God, no-one was injured except a minor injury to himself. He says that although his inner-change did not happen over night, it was as a result of that accident that he felt the beginnings of God’s call. A few months later, he committed himself to “serving God by serving others”, and the best way he could see to do that was through the church.
Thurland started his ministry career as a youth pastor in Winchester in 1975, staying there for one year. Twenty years later – in 1995 – he was called to return as Pastor of the Winchester Wesleyan Church, a position he still holds nearly 18 year[s] later.
Duncan also noted Brown’s service to the community as a volunteer firefighter, a chaplain for the local hospital and veterans’ organization, and a foster parent for teenage girls.
The Diamond Jubilee Medal honors the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the thrones of Canada and the other Commonwealth nations, while also paying tribute to Canadians who have made significant contributions to Her Majesty’s realm. The medal is awarded by the office of the Governor-General of Canada, the Queen’s designated representative to her government in Ottawa.
The award recognizes Canadian citizens and permanent residents who “have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada.”
Photo of Thurland Brown courtesy Thurland Brown. Photo of medal comes from the Office of the Secretary to the Governor-General of Canada.