Unit Padre - Rev. Dr. Maj. (ret)
Fr. Harold Ristau, born in Waterloo, Ontario, holds a BA and MA in Political Science and Economics, with specialities in Administrative Studies (University of Waterloo), an MDiv (Brock University), and a PhD in Religious Studies (University McGill).
Prior to enrolling in the military, Fr. Harold Ristau served two multicultural congregations in Montreal and worked closely with NGOs in advocating for the rights and interests of refugees. Fr. Ristau also participated in various Christian missionary endeavours overseas, also serving 11 years in the RCChS, posted to CFB Valcartier, serving as unit chaplain to the R22R (earning his Jump wings), 430 ETAH, and as CLC, CFB Borden as Course Director and Standards Officer (also serving the PAG), and CANSOFCOM, and was also deployed to both Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Middle East, after which receiving a CDS Commendation.
Fr. Ristau is the author of several books, articles and publications, on a wide range of subjects, mainly theological and seeks to comfort the broken with the word of God and the love of Christ.
Harold is married with 5 children, and enjoys the outdoors, especially paintball.