Rev. Doug McLeod


Doug was born in Orangeville, ON. but spent his childhood years moving from place to place. This included interesting places like Kingston, Jamaica and the Parkdale district of Toronto. I lived at 47 Spencer Avenue, just a couple of blocks away from Parkdale United and attended Queen Victoria Public School. My grandparents were long time residents of this area of Toronto having lived on Jameson Ave., so Doug has a strong connection with Parkdale. Later his family settled in Brampton. Doug has a degree in history from York University and was ordained by Toronto Conference after graduating from Emmanuel College. He has served pastoral charges in Alberta, Saskatchewan and in the London area. Mid career he pursued a degree in education at Western and spent a number of years teaching both elementary and secondary school in the London area. From 1999 to 2010 he was also the pastor of a Brampton intercultural church with more than 20 nationalities. In 2010 he was appointed interim minister at Painswick United Church doing church development in south-east Barrie, and very much enjoyed his involvement there. Painswick was a storefront church (located in a mini-mall) so worship was very informal. Doug is married to Connie denBok, minister at Alderwood United Church in south Etobicoke and has two daughters in their twenties. The oldest is pursuing her Masters at the University of Victoria, B.C and youngest just graduated with a B.A. from the University of Toronto and is taking a year off to work at the university. Connie and Doug reside in a century home in old downtown Brampton. Beyond church and family activities, Doug is an active member of the City of Brampton Heritage Board, with a particular interest in the restoration and preservation of old buildings.