Awaiting Spring, Giveaways, Events and Tours

April 2014

Patiently awaiting the spring rains (and a renovated campus)

James 5:7: Be patient, then, friends, until the Lord's coming.  See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.

“Will spring ever come?” It was only a few weeks ago that we were wearying of old man winter. Let's be honest, it was a real Canadian winter. Here at Tyndale the snow came and lasted for over 92 days. It was the coldest and snowiest in 20 years. Many of us where simply loosing our patience. 

Now that spring has come, and the snow is behind us, we can ask ourselves “did we really need to grumble so much?” It is as if we try to live our lives at the wrong speed; wanting to rush to the next season before we have understood the one we are in.

If we want to enjoy our life, work, or even the season, we have to sit back and watch it at the speed its creator intended.  Only then will we begin to appreciate the amazing design of our creator.  God's speed is 'patience'.  This is the speed with which God sees us, and it's through His eyes that we should see ourselves and our circumstances.

Please join us as we pray for patience, for the ability to persevere through the renovation of our new campus, to see Tyndale from God's perspective. And we will join you in prayer that God might give you patience in your journey of life and faith.


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

A Teacher of Teachers

Annemarie Hattenhauer [Diploma 1962, BRE 1973] came to Canada from Germany in 1957, and completed two programs at Tyndale. After graduating with her BRE in 1973, she felt God’s call to be a missionary overseas.

For 35 years she served in West Africa; 20 of those years were spent in Nigeria with an organization called Serving in Mission (SIM).

One of her initial tasks in Nigeria was to learn Yoruba, a tonal language of West Africa.  Over the years, she would serve as the director of an orphanage, a principal at Mopa Girls Bible School (now CMC Cruise Memorial College), and as a “teacher of teachers” at the Christian Training Institute in Oro Ago, Nigeria, now called Christian Commercial College.  At the Institute, Annemarie developed a proposal for a Christian-based primary education curriculum in Nigeria. The 325-page proposal would double as her thesis for her Master of Arts (MA) degree in Christian Education, which she received from Sioux Falls Seminary in 1980.

Her work in curriculum development not only involved instructing Nigerian primary grade teachers on which subjects to teach, but also how to teach them. “The Nigerian government actually paid a salary to people teaching the Qur’an. So we Christians woke up and developed a curriculum of our own and started training teachers as well,” says Annemarie.

Recently, Annemarie was invited by Professor Yau Man Siew to be a guest lecturer at Tyndale Seminary, where she presented her thesis project to Christian Education students and brought them up to speed on Nigeria’s current education initiatives. “Despite the persecution, the Bible is still being taught in Nigeria’s public schools,” she says.

Now 77 years old, Annemarie currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta, where she serves as a pastoral care volunteer in the Seniors Centre she lives in. In this role, she helps conduct worship services and Bible studies. She is also active in outreach and evangelism in Edmonton, distributing Christian educational materials to the people she meets around the city. “When I meet Muslim women I try to get to know them,” says Annemarie. “Then I say: ‘You know that the Quran talks about Jesus? Well this talks about Jesus, would you like it.’ People have said yes many times. Some people refuse, but not too many.”

She still gets requests from past students and colleagues to go back to Africa to teach. “One day, maybe I’ll go back, but not right now,” says Annemarie. For now, she is content with travelling to Toronto to be a guest instructor at Tyndale, a school she says “guided and changed my whole life.”

Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations
Do you know a Tyndale Alumni who has inspired you? A person of exemplary Christian character, one whose life is marked by intellectual maturity, spiritual vigor and moral integrity? Nominate them for this year’s “Distinguished Alumni Award.”
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Tyndale Spring & Summer Courses
Come learn from outstanding faculty and visiting scholars from around the world. Engage in theological study that stretches you both intellectually and spiritually. Participate in a diverse and lively community of co-learners and enrich your life and faith at Tyndale this summer.

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Spring Trivia Question
What year was Ontario Theological Seminary (OTS) established?
(A) 1998
(B) 2005
(C) 2003
(D) 1976

The first 10 to respond will receive a free copy of Tim Day's book - God enters stage left. Tim Day (MDiv 1997) is the Senior Pastor at the Meeting House and Distinguished Alumnus.

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Previous events:

Tyndale supporters at the Tuition Free Forward Day event - February 25, 2014

l to r: Muriel Hirons, Wendy Nelles, Patricia Irwin, Adam Dean and Winnie Hsu.




Dr. Bryan Karney and Mr. Desmond Choi - speakers at the Contempo Conference - March 01, 2014







Alumni and Student Volley Ball teams at the Varsity Sports day - March 08, 2014





Ontario Theological Seminary Class of 1989 at the Silver Milers Reunion - March 25, 2014

Back row, l to r: Nelson Leung, Carla Nelson, Jim Wiebe, Scott Forbes and Timothy Grant

Front row, l to r: Charles Yu, Harding Ng, Elaine Becker, Katherine Donevan, Maureen Pigeon and Stephen Roy.


Toronto Bible College class of 1964 at the Golden Milers Reunion - March 25, 2014

Back row, l to r: Ian Grant, Stanley Yokota, Winston Newman, Marshall Lawrence, Ron Vieselmeyer and Vito Booth

Front row, l to r: Marilyn Hiscox, Barbara Forster, Helen Lawrence, Sandra Grant, Guntra Zarins, Elizabeth Clelland and Robert Lyon.


London College of Bible and Missions Class of 1964 at the Golden Milers Reunion - March 25, 2014

l to r: Grant Gordon, Terrance Tiessen, Gail Tiessen, Janet Thornton, Janice Newson and Franklin Berry.


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Upcoming Events

A Sacred Journey to The Holy Land & Jordan

Dates: October 23 – November 04, 2014
Tour leader: Dr. Rob Patterson

Follow the footsteps of the Children of Israel as they crossed the River Jordan from present day Jordan into the Promised Land. You will have an opportunity to view the Promised Land from Mount Nebo. Retrace the footsteps of Jesus through Nazareth, Capernaum, Taggbha, Bethany, Jerusalem, Garden of Gethsemane and the Via Dolorosa.

We will also journey to the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. For more information regarding the tour, please contact Christian Journeys.

April 28: Rest for Your Soul

The Tyndale Spiritual Formation Centre invites pastors and leaders currently involved in ministry for a day retreat with Rob des Cotes.

Rob Des Cotes is the Director of Imago Dei Christian Community, a network of Christian faith communities, and a ministry formed around the principles of spiritual direction that encourages a deeper spirituality in the lives of Christians. For more information and to register please click here.

May 7: DMin Alumni Gathering

Venue: Tyndale Bavyiew Campus
Second annual DMin Alumni Gathering on Wednesday, May 7 from 10am to 2pm on the Bayview Campus.
Our day will include refreshments, a class with Dr. Peter Dickens (Executive Director of Tyndale's Open Learning Centre), a light lunch and a lecture all for a suggested donation of $10. We look forward to hearing what you have been doing post-graduation. All graduates of Cohorts 1, 2, and 3 are welcome. To RSVP please send an email to Catherine.

September 27: BEd 5th Anniversary Celebration

The Tyndale Bachelor of Education program is pleased to invite all Bachelor of Education alumni to the 5th Anniversary celebration on September 27, 2014. BEd alumni are invited to come and reconnect with classmates and interact with B.Ed professors and staff. The celebration will be a family friendly event that will include activities for children.

For more information, please contact the Alumni office.

Tyndale Courses
 The Spirituality of Henri Nouwen
Dates: May 05 – July 25, 2014
Online course
Instructor: Dr. Wil Hernandez
This course is about the spirituality of Henri Nouwen set against the background theme of spiritual journey.  The main focus will be threefold: Nouwen’s integrated journey, his imperfect spirituality, and his integrated ministry.
First, the course provides a synthesis of Nouwen’s holistic approach to the nature of the inward, outward, and upward spiritual journey—one that integrates spirituality, psychology, ministry, and theology together in a seamless fashion. Second, it is an exploration of Nouwen’s spirituality of imperfection which he embodied throughout his lived experience—where the journey toward perfection is through the realities of imperfection. Finally, it is an overview of Nouwen’s ministry of soul care based upon his integrated yet imperfect spirituality.
Register online

Evangelism & The Missional Church

Dates: July 14 – 18, 2014
Instructor: Bruxy Cavey
A conceptual and practical examination of helping the local believer and church to present the evangelistic message of Christ in a pluralistic world. Specific focus is on such critical issues as culture, contextualization, hidden people, pluralism, social justice and a revitalization of the local church.
Register online

Leadership Development

Dates: July 21 – 25, 2014
Instructor: Dr. Peter Dickens
Seeks to develop biblical-theological, historical and cultural understandings of leadership in the church, ministry organizations, and the marketplace. Students will gain insight into their leadership potential, gifts, values, preferences, style, and skill levels. They will grow in the ability to think and respond as leaders in whatever settings they serve. Students will implement their understanding of leadership and reflect on those implementations.
Register online

Pilgrimage/Study Tours

Walk the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage in Spain

Dates: May 11 – 23, 2014
Tour Leader: Dr. Arthur Boers

Over the centuries, countless Christians  found their calling to be leaders on this path and learn invaluable lessons of leadership too: listening to the journey of others; sharing leadership; challenging oneself physically, mentally and emotionally; encountering God in unexpected ways; walking by faith; staying focused on a goal while working with others; building community and trust; and working collaboratively.
Over the course of eight days, students will walk the last 120 kilometers of the Camino de Santiago and be eligible for the much-coveted Compostela certificate offered by the Cathedral in Santiago.
Register online.

Celtic Christianity Study Tour

Dates: August 25 – September 05, 2014
Tour Leader: Dr. David Sherbino

Tyndale Seminary is offering a study tour on Celtic Spirituality to Ireland and Scotland. This tour will provide an overview of the mission and ministry of St. Patrick as we trace his footsteps throughout Ireland and the influence of St. Columba as he brought Christianity to the tiny island of Iona. From this island, Christianity spread to Lindisfarne which today is a centre of spiritual renewal through the community of St. Aiden and St. Hilda.
As an educational experience, this trip will be highly interactive: interesting lectures, pilgrimages and daily worship in the Celtic tradition. You will have the opportunity to see and experience places that previously were simply words on a map. These places will come alive as history unfolds itself before your eyes.
More information is available online.

  Israel & Jordan Study Tour

Dates: October 23 – November 04, 2014
Tour leader: Dr. Rob Patterson

Follow the footsteps of the Children of Israel as they crossed the River Jordan from present day Jordan into the Promised Land. You will have an opportunity to view the Promised Land from Mount Nebo.
Retrace the footsteps of Jesus through Nazareth, Capernaum, Tagbha, Bethany, Jerusalem, Garden of Gethsemane and the Via Dolorosa.
We will also journey to the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. It is an incredible sight and a wonderful journey.
For more information regarding the tour click here or contact the Alumni office.

Digitalization Project Assistant- Summer Student Position
Christian Careers Canada

• Edward Tsoi [MDIV 1993]
• Ethel Smith [TBC 1931]
• Elizabeth Rutledge (nee Thompson) [Class of 1949]
• Tom Hardwich [BRE 1993]

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