We extend our sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of Donnie, Pioneers Canada’s beloved President.
As we remember his impact with Pioneers, we invite you to visit the memorial page and pay tribute to him.

Donnie Scearce
June 4, 2023

With deep sadness, we share the news of the unexpected passing of Pioneers Canada President, Donnie Scearce on June 4, 2023.

Donnie was the dear son of Ronnie and Sandra Scearce of Danville, Virginia and the beloved husband, soulmate and best friend of 40 years to Beth (née Owen) Scearce. He was the loving Dad to Josh (Leonard) of Toronto, Caleb (Kirsten) of Dorchester, and proud Papa to Ethan and Noah. Brother of Terry of St. Augustine, Florida and Chad (predeceased) of Danville.

Donnie and Beth Scearce joined Pioneers in 1989, with plans to go to Albania.  After doing survey work among Albanians in former Yugoslavia, Italy, and Albania, God led them to join the mobilization effort of Pioneers USA where Donnie served as Director of Mobilization.  Afterward, Donnie served as the Pioneers International Mobilization Coordinator in our first International Director’s office.

In 2002, Donnie became the Executive Director for Pioneers Canada where he served for eight years. He then served in local pastoral ministry for three years. In 2014, Donnie returned to Pioneers Canada to serve as Director of Personnel and then Executive Director.

Donnie was in the UK on a ministry trip at the time of his passing, the funeral service will be announced once he is home.

Donnie was a beloved leader, mentor, and friend to so many of us within the Pioneers global family. Donnie had the heart of a Pioneer and the humble heart of Christ. We shall miss him dearly.

Celebrate Donnie’s Life

Thank you for your continued support and prayers for the Scearce family and the PI Canada staff. We deeply appreciate them and have felt uplifted through this time.

We have received the details for the funeral service for those that are able to come and join the family to celebrate the life of Donnie Scearce. The service will take place on Tuesday, July 4, 2023, at North Park Community Church (1510 Fanshawe Park Rd E, London, ON N5X 4A3) to remember our wonderful friend, beloved leader and colleague, who will be greatly missed.

A brief visitation will start at 1:00pm, the service at 2:00pm, and then a time of fellowship and dessert at 3:00.

For those unable to travel to London for the funeral, the service will be livestreamed. We don’t yet have the details or link for the livestream, but as soon as it becomes available you will find it on this page.

Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Donnie or share a message with us are welcome to do so below. Donations to the Presidents Memorial Fund will be directed to Pioneers work in the Global South.

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