Rowland grew up in Woodingdean and moved to Peacehaven in 1993. He and Dawn have four grown-up children and four grandchildren.

Rowland and Dawn were Baptised together on 30th June 1996 at Peacehaven Baptist Church, where Rowland was on the Leadership Team. He eventually become the Church Secretary and Lay Preacher. They had always had a good connection with PEFC and started attending here regularly in 2016.

Rowland now leads the AV dept and heads up a small group, along with areas of maintenance around the building. Rowland served as a Deacon from 2020 and in 2022 was elected as a church Elder. For work he is involved Property Maintenance, specialising in carpentry. His hobbies include photography, classic cars, Horticulture and, of course, his grandchildren.