We Remember

RHIND, Glenn Allen

November 12, 1932 — April 12, 2024

Born of a proud Scottish heritage, and raised a Protestant, Glenn was to endure the pain of a family separated. His father, traversing Canada busy with military training, decided to abandon the family when Glenn was about 11 – 12 years of age.

His mother, of a stalwart Scottish Irish ancestry, was left to raise him and his two younger sisters alone. Glenn developed a strong, protective love for his mother and in someways became the man of the house. He left school early to assist with the finances of the home and earn his way in life.

During this time, he came under the influence of Reverend Arthur Townsend. Together they hunted, fished, and enjoyed the outdoors. As both Glenn and his mother worked for the Hudson Bay Company, he entertained the idea of becoming a trapper in the Northwest Territories.

Somewhere in this period, his late teens, he had his own Damascus Road experience and decided to attend Bible School. Things changed. He met and married Esther Trekofski and together they went into Christian ministry with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.

They started a young family and took their first pastorate in Metiskow, Alberta at the Full Gospel Tabernacle. After serving there for 4 years from September 1954 to September 1958, they heeded a call to Empress, Alberta. Glenn pastored the Empress Pentecostal Tabernacle for 12 years and raised a family of seven (one deceased in Empress).

As there was no Grade Twelve there, and with a growing family, he was encouraged to take a larger church. This was the Immanuel Pentecostal Assembly in Thorsby, Alberta. After almost 4 years here, he responded to another call at Rutland (Kelowna) BC. He pastored the Rutland Gospel Tabernacle from March 1974 until December 1987, during which time his children were able to complete their secondary education. One son, Douglas, later came to pastor with him here.

At this time, he took a one-year sabbatical and then moved to Jasper, Alberta in November 1988. The Jasper Pentecostal Church became his final pastorate until his retirement in September 1997.

Glenn was known as a capable, fair, strong, stand firm kind of gentleman (sort of like John Wayne). He guided his congregations through financial challenges to become mortgage free, great supporters of missions, and officiated many wedding and funeral ceremonies.

He never knew how much or what his remuneration would be when accepting calls to the congregations. Together with Esther, they walked with total faith in God and created a family dynasty who revere him as a notable example of a man, husband, father, and Christian minister.

Throughout his whole life, he lived by his Bible College motto, “Only one life, ‘twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.”

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