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Our church is blessed with two youthful pastors: lead pastor, R. Orlando Pule; and associate pastor, Elizabeth Pule.

Lead Pastor
Robert Orlando Pule was born and raised in New Zealand. His family is a blend of Samoan and Tongan heritage, which are islands part of the Polynesian culture in the South Pacific.
Orlando felt the distinct call to ministry early on in high school and at the age of 16 he made plans to study theology after graduating.  His parents had always emphasized the importance of serving Christ and sharing the gospel; the whole family sang in a music group called the ‘New Life Singers,’ traveling in the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii and Los Angeles with their music ministry.
Orlando pursued his Bachelor's of Theology degree in Fiji (1993-1995) at Fulton College, and in Papua New Guinea (1996) at Pacific Adventist University. Upon completing his studies he was called by the Samoa Mission to undertake four churches at the age of 20. Even though he did not know fully how to speak the Samoan language he still went having faith that God was going to work it out, and God did just that.  For the next five years he pastored four churches in American Samoa under the South Pacific Division - Samoan Mission. During this time he was involved in diverse evangelistic meetings, working with our schools and growing the Adventist ministry. Although the ministry was thriving in American Samoa, Orlando wanted to continue his education and applied to take his Master’s of Divinity at Andrews University.
In December 2003 he received his Master’s of Divinity from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Michigan. Upon his MDiv completion he joined the Seventh-day Adventist Language Institute in South Korea as a missionary teaching English and the Bible.
From the beginning of September 2005 Orlando served as the Assistant Pastor of the Immanuel Seventh-day Adventist Church. In November 2009 Orlando joined the Willowdale Seventh-day Adventist Church family and was the overseer of the Youth and Children’s program.  He has had the advantage of being exposed to a myriad of cultures and churches. This has enabled him to bring a unique ministry to the churches he has worked with.
He married the former Elizabeth Rosete on July 3, 2005, at Willowdale Adventist Church.  His wife, Elizabeth Pule, has worked as Youth Pastor of the Willowdale Seventh-day Adventist Church and most recently as Chaplain for Crawford Adventist Academy, in Toronto, Canada.
There is no question that Orlando has a heart for Christ and will continue to give his life in ministry.  He is happy to involve his wife and sons to share the gospel message just as his family did when he was young.  God has opened many doors for Orlando to be here in Ottawa and he cannot deny the call to serve in ministry.
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Associate Pastor
Elizabeth Pule was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.  Christian education was always a priority within her family.  She had the privilege of attending Crawford Adventist Academy from Kindergarten to Grade 12.  Upon graduation from CAA in, she proceeded to Wilfrid Laurier University in Kitchener, Ontario to study law.  After obtaining her Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science her life took a turn - she applied to be a student missionary in New Zealand.  Being a student missionary changed Elizabeth’s life forever.  She worked as youth pastor for the Papatoetoe SDA Church in Auckland, volunteered with the Chaplain at the Auckland SDA High School, giving bible studies and spoke at different schools and youth camps with the Conference Youth Department.  These experiences allowed Elizabeth to see God’s plan for her life and trust His guiding Hand.
Upon returning to Canada a year later, Elizabeth attended Tyndale Evangelical Seminary part-time and worked for Bose Electronics in their Marketing department. With regular leadership opportunities at the Willowdale SDA Church, Elizabeth still felt a strong call from the Holy Spirit to apply to the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University to formally prepare for pastoral ministry.
In 2002 she was accepted into seminary and made the journey to Andrews University to begin her theological training.  With continued support from the Ontario Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Elizabeth graduated from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity in December 2004. 
In January 2005 the Lord open the doors of the Willowdale SDA Church for Elizabeth to work as a Youth Pastor. This was followed by three years as Chaplain at Crawford Adventist Academy (from 2009 - 2012).   At the July 2011 Ontario Conference Camp Meeting, Elizabeth was the first female pastor to be commissioned by the Ontario Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.  She truly believes that God has opened doors, lifted windows and broken down walls for her to be able to share in the gospel work.
Elizabeth strongly believes in the power of the church, school and home to further God’s kingdom and to share Jesus’ love.  She enjoys working with children, youth and parents and recognizes the importance of Family Ministries. Being a female pastor has also allowed Elizabeth unique opportunities for Women’s Ministry and cherishes journeying alongside women in their walk with the Lord.
Elizabeth is married to Orlando Pule, they are blessed with three awesome boys; Gabriel, Isaiah, and Samuel.  Elizabeth sees her own family as a testimony of God’s great love. 
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