Rob Des Cotes founded Imago Dei in 2002. He became a spiritual director, retreat leader and pastor of Imago Dei. He is the author of four books of meditations for spiritual direction, Fan the Flame, Higher Than I and Ultreia! (Go Higher) and the final book, Strength to Strength. He and his wife Ruth have three adult children and lived at the A Rocha Brooksdale Environmental Centre in South Surrey, BC, where Ruth still lives and works as an environmental educator.
Rob continued on a new part of the journey with his Father on April 6, 2016. A memorial service was held for Rob on April 16
at Fairview Baptist Church.
With comforted sorrow, we announce the passing of Rob Des Cotes on April 6, 2016. Our grief at his passing is deep – but deeper still is our gratitude and comfort of the Spirit. The seeds of Rob’s ministry yield a harvest which continues to blossom. A gesture of kindness. A word of counsel. Encouragement by grace. An invitation to the love of Jesus. Each of us has a memory of Rob’s impact. You can share your own via the menu on the left. Ultimately the fruit of Rob’s influential living for Christ is best seen from eternity. There is celebration in heaven and on earth for His servant.
Rob focused the last 14 years of his life upon on a fresh way of being a community of faith. He founded and led Imago Dei as a refuge and resource for hearts that longed for God. His example and teaching were a call to prayer. That call remains, as does the need. Hearts still yearn to seek God’s face. There is much that remains for the community of Imago Dei. We continue to find encouragement and hope within our network of communities. We continue to be directed by the weekly reflections written by Rob. We are still a voice of invitation towards a spirituality graced by Jesus, enlivened by the Spirit and submitted to the Father. With gratitude, we rejoice in what God has done. With trust, we look forward to what will yet be.
Rob was looking forward especially in the last few months. He anticipated with joy the coming Summit of Imago Dei leaders May 20-22, 2016 at A Rocha. He prepared a video presentation for the Summit to offer his voice of instruction and encouragement. The Summit was a time to remember and celebrate Rob’s ministry among us. It will continue to offer us opportunity to connect and build community. It was a time to prayerfully discern our path for the foreseeable future.
Another decision of foresight by Rob was the establishment of a Leadership Team for Imago Dei. You will find their names below. Ruth’s voice and spirit continues to bless us with wisdom. She and others continue to lead the Imago Dei group at A Rocha. Paul and Paivi, as well as Tom and Kim have led the Vancouver Imago Dei group for years and bring depth and experience. Karin will continue to offer her administrative help. Ray Remiszewski, Bern Barton and Miriam Tolhurst are also an important resource on the Leadership team. As a team we ask for your prayer that we may serve our Lord well in this ministry.
Above all, we ask you to pray for Ruth and family. They recognize the care of God in the midst of grief. Our love for them expressed before God’s throne, is blended with His grace and descends upon their need.
– Leadership Team of Imago Dei