John Dolcater (known as Jan) spent most of his life in Florida in the building materials business before moving briefly to Florence, Alabama to take a manufacturing job as VP of Sales & Marketing. He finally settled on the coast of Maine where he continued his sales career until retirement.

Wherever he has lived, Jan has participated in and committed to various levels of church work. In Florida, he served as a Vestry member several times and also as a lay reader and lay assistant. He also taught ninth grade Sunday school and coached the church basketball team. Jan was a leader in organizing renewal events and both he and his wife, June, participated in Cursillo.

Throughout the three years living in Alabama, he also served as both lay reader and lay assistant.

After moving to Maine in 1994, Jan served multiple times on the Vestry at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Camden, Maine, as well as serving as lay reader and lay assistant and teaching Sunday school. He helped to initiate the renewal program, Emotionally Free, which drew participants from a number of other local communities across the midcoast of Maine.

Both in Maine and in Alabama, the clergy asked him to give sermons to their churches and others in the community.

Jan has served for eight years as his church representative to the local Food Pantry and for six years led the effort to raise funds for local low-income individuals and families who had lost a large percentage of heating assistance funds. This effort raised over $150,000, without incurring any fundraising expenses.

Three years ago, he began working on Peace Within Through God’s Way to provide guidance for individuals of all ages who are believers in God and also non-believers who are having difficulty dealing with anxiety and lack of peace of mind.