Founder – Roly Snell

ROLAND CHARLES SNELL, Roly, as he was affectionately known, was born in Pietermaritzburg in 1946 and except for his first ten years in Glencoe, spent most of his days in the city of his birth. Roly was always proud of the fact that he was an old boy of Harward Boys High School and he maintained a lively contact with a number of his former school mates.
There are two, almost equal, thirty year periods in this disciple’s life. The first may be labelled carefree, the second care-filled.
Roly grew up as most young men of that time, experimenting with tobacco and alcohol; frequenting bars and partying. Unwittingly he was slowly being sucked into addiction. Perhaps a ‘saving grace’ was Roly’s passion for football in which he excelled to the extent that he was invited to try for a club in Australia.
The transition into the second half of Roly’s life began with his marriage to Jean Pedlar.
They were married in the Ridge Road Assembly of God (now Cornerstone AOG); in this fellowship they committed their lives to Christ, there Roly ‘rose through the ranks’ of deacon, elder and ultimately ordination to the ministry.
The seed of the Shekinah Care Ministry was planted in 1976 when Roly and Jean took an alcoholic uncle into their home. From small beginnings the work has grown with the purchase of the New Hanover property in 1985 where many substance abusers from every level of society have been rescued and assisted.
On the 14th November 2008 Roly, after a long struggle with cancer, went to be with Lord. Roly is survived by his wife Jean, daughter Lee-Anne married to Martin, son Milner, and grandsons Matthew and Luke.

The ministry of Shekinah Foundation Trust continues on its strong foundation.