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April 2012

I write this note to you - the Tyndale alumni family - in the middle of Holy Week. Palm Sunday is behind us and Easter is just ahead.

The children danced up the centre aisle at church last Sunday waving palm branches and singing "Hosanna to the son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!" Matthew 21:9

In the same way crowds were chanting and cheering as Jesus entered Jerusalem that day. No one could have imagined that just a few short days later, crowds would not be shouting "blessed," but murmuring "cursed."

Jesus cried out using the words of Psalm 22, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest."

Have you ever prayed these words? Ever cried out to God - where are you? My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Maybe you felt forsaken by God when you were caught in the middle of your parents' divorce, someone close to you was suddenly and tragically taken from this world, or a relationship ended and left you struggling to breathe.

Our prayer for you and the 9,000 Tyndale alumni living for Christ in Canada and around the world is that you would hold onto that shred of faith in the God who says he will never leave us or forsake us. We trust in the one who has done it, and we have faith that he will do it again.

This Easter, may you be the source of light and hope in the lives of those around you.

Blessings upon you,

Rev. Dr. Rob Patterson
Director, Alumni & Church Relations




Featured Alumni

Gertrude Smallwood

Class of 1943
Gertrude remembers the best years of her life as the years she spent at "Toronto Bible College." She left her home in Dryden at the age of 16. It was during World War 2 and the great depression - it was a big step of faith for a small town girl to come to the big city to attend Bible College. She loved her years at TBC, and made friendships that she has maintained for over 60 years. We are thankful for the mementoes she has donated to Tyndale from her years at TBC. God bless you Gerty - and please know how proud we are of you and your many years of life and service since your training at Tyndale.

Shant Mardirosian

BA '03
With no advertising and a first location in an unremarkable stretch of Queen Street East, The Burger's Priest, "a classic American cheeseburger joint," has become one of the most popular places to get a burger in Toronto. Owner and operator, Shant Mardirosian (BA '03), when asked why he does not advertise, responds with a biblical story. Read more about The Burger's Priest.

Web Exclusive: The story behind the name - The Burger's Priest

Chris Dragos

BA '10
Congratulations to Chris Dragos (BA '10) for his acceptance into two respected PhD programs. Chris was accepted into the University of Birmingham's PhD program in Philosophy to work with internationally known philosopher and co-director of the John Hick Centre for Philosophy of Religion, Yujin Nagasawa. Chris was also admitted into the University of Toronto's Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. This program is the national leading program for advanced graduate studies in the areas of the history and philosophy of medicine, biological science, physics and mathematics.

Photos of Past Events







Church & Technology @ Faith Family Books                                                             RA Alumni Floor Hockey
(March 23, 2012)                                                                                                  (March 24, 2012)

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Campus Update

CS&P Architects delivered progress reports in March 2012 to show some of the initial plans renovation and development of the Bayview campus. They presented the reports to students, faculty, and staff so that the Tyndale community could be brought up to date.

Craig Goodman and Maureen O'Shaughnessy outlined the initial plans and long-term goals for the Bayview campus highlighting that it will be a process of incremental growth. One of the first priorities will be to add parking and change the perimeter road to prepare for a potential traffic light at the south end of the Bayview campus. There are some exciting changes coming to the Bayview campus.


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Upcoming Events

May 11: Distinguished Alumni Award Luncheon and Reunion

Celebrating the award recipients Glenford Duffus (MTS 2000) and Dr. Gordon Heath (BTh '89). Golden reunion for the Class of 1962 and Silver reunion for the Tyndale Seminary class of 1987. Please send in your RSVP today by sending an email to the alumni [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: Distinguished%20Alumni%20Award%20Luncheon%20and%20Reunion) (Alumni office).

Sept 29: Project Contempo @ Tyndale

Join us for panel sessions, group discussions, booth displays and hear Brett Johnson speak on Convergence: living an integrated life in the 21st century. For more information, please send an email to the alumni [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: Project%20Contempo%40Tyndale) (Alumni office).

Oct 24 - Nov 3: Tyndale Alumni Holy Land Journey

Imagine the experience of walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ through the Holy Land. Join Lorna Dueck and Dr. Rob Patterson on this sacred journey to the Holy Land. View the event Details.

April 20 - 21: Ottawa Promise Keepers Event

"Built for Battle": Speakers include Paul Carter, Dwayne Cline, Kirk Giles, Nate Larkin and Ted Yuke. Special music guest: Robin Mark. Music by Andrew Thompson. First 10 people to alumni [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: Promise%20Keepers%20Ottawa%20Tickets) (respond) will get a free ticket! Please indicate 'Ottawa Tickets' in the subject line.

April 21: A Retreat in Daily Life

Do you desire a deeper prayer life? Would you like to experience different ways to pray with Scripture? The Spiritual Direction program delighted to host a Retreat in Daily Life. Fee: $25

April 27 - 28: Halifax Promise Keepers Event

"Built for Battle": Speakers include Stephen Arterburn and Dwayne Cline. Music by Andrew Thompson. First 10 people to alumni [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: Promise%20Keepers%20Halifax%20Tickets) (respond )will get a free ticket! Please indicate 'Halifax Tickets' in the subject line.

May 05: Commissioning Service for Chinese Graduates 2012

The Tyndale Alumni Association - Chinese Chapter invites you to attend the Commissioning Service for the Chinese Graduates of year 2012.
Speaker: Dr. Gary Nelson  Venue: Van Norman Centre. Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM. 

For more information, please send an email to the NChau [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: Commissioning%20Service%20for%20Chinese%20Graduates%202012) (Hudson Taylor Centre).

May 05: Michael W. Smith Concert

First 5 people to alumni [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: Michael%20W.%20Smith%20Concert%20Tickets) (respond) will get two (2) tickets each! Please respond with 'Michael W. Smith tickets' in the subject line.

June 11: Tyndale Centre for Leadership: Leadership Seminar

Making a Difference in Business and Not-for-Profits with Dr. R. Paul Stevens and Dr. Rick Goossen

June 12 - 13: Tyndale Centre for Leadership Retreat: Taking your Soul to Work with Paul Stevens at Muskoka Woods' Leadership Studio

This retreat is an opportunity for business professionals to grow as persons and deepen their faith.

June 18 - 30: Greece & Turkey Tour and Cruise

Dr. David Sherbino, Professor of Pastoral and Spiritual Formation at Tyndale Seminary invites you to join in an amazing 12 day discovery about the life of the Apostle Paul.

>> More events


Tyndale Employment Opportunities

We would like to draw your attention to several positions that are currently open at Tyndale University College & Seminary. Please visit our employment website to view these job postings.

Development Coordinator

Athletics Director

Coordinator, Intercultural Programs


Full-Time Faculty Positions

Chair of Wesley Studies (Seminary)

Faculty Position/Director of Academic Programs (Seminary)

Tyndale Courses

Spring & Summer 2012

Choose from over 30 courses offered between May and July 2012. Courses include: Communicating the Gospel in a Multi-Religious World (Dr. Ajith Fernando), Evangelism and the Missional Church (Bruxy Cavey) and Christianity and Islam (Dr. Wafik Wahba)

Spring & Summer courses are also available for auditing.

View Summer School Courses


Beatrice Jane Beer Harbron (Class of 1941) passed away, at the age of 95, on January 27th, 2012. Beatrice always loved her school and was pleased when her daughter Pat decided to pursue her post-secondary education in the same institution. Beatrice is survived by 3 children, 6 grand-children and 15-great-grandchildren. "The Lord is the light of my salvation..."

Byron Ng (BRE '05) was received by the Lord on February 3, 2012. He passed away from complications from lung surgery, after having fought cancer since 2007. Byron served as pastor in Logos Baptist Church until 2010 and is survived by his wife Kitty.

Edward N. (Ted) Simmons (Diploma '58, BTh '62) passed away at the age of 82, on December 16, 2011 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimers Disease. Ted served as pastor of Associated Gospel Churches in Bloomington and Hamilton and in 1966 became a Provincial Probation and Parole Officer. He also served on local community boards. He is survived by his wife Ruth (Almas - 1957), 4 children and 7 grandchildren.

Mary Elaine Nickerson (nee Larkin) (BRE '61) fell asleep in Jesus on January 31, 2012 at the age of 80. 'Aunt Lainey' to many, was an active member of her community, and served as a soloist at local churches. She is survived by 2 brothers, 7 nieces and nephews, several great and great-great nieces and nephews, 2 step sons, 5 step grandchildren and several great grandchildren.


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