2011 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

At our May 2011 graduation, the Tyndale Alumni Association was pleased to give the Distinguished Alumni Award to two outstanding members of our alumni family.

Seminary Awardee:

Tim Day, MDiv 1991


On photo, left to right: Dr. Janet Clark, Rev. Tim Day and Dr. Gary Nelson

Tim Day is Senior Pastor of The Meeting House, a thriving multi-site church that began with a dream to reach people who had given up on church.

Tim grew up in Sherkston, Ontario, in the family home that has been passed down through four generations. He completed his undergraduate degree at Messiah College in Pennsylvania before coming to Ontario Theological Seminary for his Master of Divinity with a Youth Ministry major.

After graduation in 1991, he worked in youth ministry at Spring Garden Baptist Church in North York. Following his marriage to his wife, Liz, and a year of working in the business sector, they moved to Belleville where Tim served for five years in establishing a new Brethren In Christ church plant, and a further two years as associate pastor with another Belleville church.

Tim returned to Toronto to work with Bruxy Cavey, who is Teaching Pastor at The Meeting House. Tim and Bruxy both graduated from OTS the same year, and Tim had come to appreciate Bruxy’s ministry gifts. As senior pastor, Tim leads a staff team of 60 talented women and men. He works closely with Bruxy to provide shared vision and strategic leadership for The Meeting House.

Tim’s wife Liz is working on a master’s degree in disability studies and works in the area of autism.  They have three children, Joshua, 8, Rachel, 12, and Nathan, 14. 

University College Awardee:

Roy Matheson, BTh 1958

On photo, left to right: Dr. Douglas Loney, Dr. Roy Matheson and Dr. Gary Nelson

Roy Matheson is a highly regarded and beloved professor, pastor, author and mentor. His long and distinguished service to Tyndale has left a lasting mark on the school and on the thousands of students who have studied under him.

Born in Nova Scotia and raised in Ottawa, Dr. Matheson attended the London Bible Institute and Theological Seminary (later London College of Bible and Missions, now Tyndale), graduating in 1958 with a Bachelor of Theology. He continued his education at Dallas Theological Seminary and graduated with a ThM in 1962 and a ThD in 1965. From 1964-70, Dr. Matheson taught at Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, Alabama and was Dean of Faculty for three of those years. During that time he pursued post-doctoral studies at the University of Alabama.

In 1970, he returned to Canada to teach at Ontario Bible College, and served as Academic Dean from 1973-76. When the Seminary was formed in 1976, he became its first Academic Dean. Dr. Matheson continued to teach New Testament until 2001, when he was made Professor Emeritus. He continues to teach in a part-time capacity to this day. Throughout his life Dr. Matheson has balanced his academic career with a deep commitment to the local and global church. In 1979, Dr. Matheson became the teaching pastor at Chartwell Baptist Church in Oakville and continues there as Theologian-In-Residence. He has taught and ministered in a number of countries around the world, including Kenya, Malawi, Colombia, France, Kazakhstan, India, China, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines and Indonesia.

He and his wife Joy have six children and ten grandchildren.