Rev. Bill Rolland, PhD.
“As a minister I see members and friends dealing with serious illness and have always been committed to giving end-of-life care to my congregations. Hospice does that in a way that is extraordinary and I am glad to be a part of it for that reason.” — Bill Rolland
Bill Rolland is chaplain of Church in the Forest at Robert Louis Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, California. A native of Scotland, Chaplain Rolland began his ministry in Falkirk. He first came to the Unites States in the late 1960s to complete his Master of Divinity in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1987 he earned his doctorate in thanotology, the study of how to assist people who are grieving, from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. During that same time period, Pastor Rolland was also a clinical pastoral counselor at Abbott-Northwest Hospital, and associate pastor of the 3,000-member Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. It was here, he says, that he found his Scottish home in America. In August of 1998, he was called to accept the position of minister at Church in the Forest. In addition to his ministry, Dr. Rolland is a Rotarian and has served many years as Master of Ceremonies at the Macalester College Scottish Highland Games in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a collector of clocks and other antiques and enjoys stamp collecting, golf, gardening and working on his 1960 Morris Minor convertible. He has three grown children.