The Rev. Canon Roy J. Enquist, Ph. D.
Pastor Roy, as he was affectionately known here at HCEF, passed from this life to the next on Tuesday evening, April 13, 2010 following a brief battle with leukemia. Pastor Roy was steadfast in his advocacy and support of peace and justice for all mankind.


The Rev. Canon Roy J. Enquist, Ph. D.

Pastor Roy has been a committed leader with HCEF since its inception. Serving wherever needed, but consistently as an HCEF Advisory Board Member and Chairman of the HCEF Lutheran Outreach Committee.

HCEF President and long time friend Rateb Rabie said This is a big loss for humanity as well as the Palestinian Christian community. Pastor Roy was diligent in his commitment and support as he sought to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Pastor Roy was a Godly man, a man of peace and genuine faith. Guiding others with his vast knowledge and leading with endless compassion, he took every opportunity to educate Americans concerning the Holy Land Christians.

Pastor Roy, an ordained Lutheran minister, was appointed Ecumenist at Washington National Cathedral in the spring of 2000, serving as the principal advisor and planner on matters regarding the Episcopal Cathedral’s relationship with other faiths and denominations. He received his Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York, and was professor emeritus of theology and ethics at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg where he served as professor from 1980 to 1998.

Truly, Pastor Roy was a gift from God to the church and the ecumenical community at large and a blessing to everyone who met and knew him. Our hearts are filled with joy knowing he is in a better place, but we are also brokenhearted at the thought of being without him in our midst. Needless to say he will be sorely missed.

He was married to Dr. Mia I. Enquist and was the father of two sons. Please join us in continuous prayers for Mia and the family.

Memorial Arrangements will be shared when they are known.