Major Royal Senter

Captain Royal

I was born in Toronto and grew up in Montreal with my single parent mother and older brother.  Church and God were not a part of my early life so I grew up not believing that God existed.  I liked to tell myself that everything in my life was just fine but the reality was that I was lonely and very insecure.  I often had a hard time fitting in because I spent so much time feeling sorry for myself and looking for people’s attention.  In other words, I spent too much energy thinking just about myself. I had an experience when I was 18 years old that convinced me that God exists and I have never turned back.  Knowing that Jesus loves me so much that he gave his life on the cross to take away my sin and to give me a rich, full life, both in this world and forever with him in heaven, has freed me up from thinking only about myself and now I want to spend my life telling others about this great salvation and helping people in need.

I have been married to Major Donna for over 30 years.  We have three children, two of whom are married, and four beautiful grandchildren.  I enjoy most sports (particularly baseball), backwoods hiking and I play cornet in our corps’ brass band.

I am a graduate of Laurentian University with a major in economics and am also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA).  Before returning to Salvation Army officership in 2012, I was Regional Chief of Finance for Correctional Service of Canada in Kingston, Ontario.  I have previously served as pastor in Campbell River BC, Tweed and Picton Ontario and Brampton Ontario (with the Evangelical Missionary Church).  I also spent some time as a chaplain at the Mimico Correctional Centre and the Toronto East Detention Centre.