Building Bridges – to Bayview, to Alumni, to the World

August 2013

It was 119 years ago. God’s people came together with a dream. It was a dream to build a school with a focus of training men and women for mission in Canada and around the world. Students would be trained to build bridges to other nations and cultures, bringing education and sharing Christ’s love.

Christ is the greatest bridge builder. He taught us how to build bridges from hate to love, from isolation to community, and from this temporal life to an eternal one.

There is a beautiful poem entitled “The Bridge Builder” that articulates the importance of building bridges during our lives.

“An old man, going a lone highway, Came at the evening, cold and gray, To a chasm, vast and deep and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
 And built a bridge to span the tide.
“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again must pass this way;
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide—
Why build you the bridge at the eventide?”
The builder lifted his old gray head:
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There follows after me today
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him.”
[Will Allen Dromgoole, in James Dalton Morrison, ed., Masterpieces of Religious Verse (New York and London: Harper and Brothers, 1948), 342.

Little did those visionaries from the late 1800s know that the bridge they were building would serve men and women for many generations. Men and women who would impact cities, nations and the world.

Each year hundreds of students gather to celebrate their graduation from Tyndale. They are able to achieve this milestone and cross this bridge because others have taken the time to bless them. They grew because people built organizations and communities that would encourage and challenge them.

These graduates walk into the future confidently because of their Tyndale education. An education made possible by men and women who valued education and learning interwoven with spiritual formation; men and women who prepared the way through planning, foresight and hard work.

As the sound of jack hammers buzz relentlessly outside my office window, I am very aware that we are once again building. We are building a campus that will serve the kingdom of God for years to come. We are building a temporal place to impact young people with eternal significance.

We are continuing our bridge-building heritage by building a bridge into the future with Christ as our architect and master builder.

We covet your prayers for the ongoing building of Tyndale. Covenant with us to build well, to bathe this work in prayer and build into the future that Christ is preparing for us.


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


Alumni Council
Tyndale is pleased to announce the formation of a new Alumni Council, following a long tradition of councils dating back from 1910. Once again, dedicated alumni have stepped up to lead, support, equip, and invest in the alumni community.

The Alumni Council will work to develop lifelong mutually beneficial relationships between alumni and Tyndale University College & Seminary. Please pray for this group of leaders as they encourage the larger alumni community: Addison Aspilla, Bonnie Borchardt, Vivian Chu Chen, Robin Elliott, Paul Estabrooks, Mark Groleau, Sunjay Henry, Kevin Kirk, Vincent Lee, Charles Mantey, Bob Morris, Rob Patterson, John Steadman and Walter Winger.

Deeks Insurance
Did you know that Deeks Insurance has a Tyndale Insurance program for Alumni? Contact Deeks insurance and learn more about their competitive home, auto and life insurance rates.




On the Road to Bayview
Tyndale is transitioning from a quiet cul de sac to a busy main street. Since 1894, there have been many transitions, but one call—to shape and transform students and the world. In 1969, two schools merged to form OBC, stating: We joined together...We worshiped together…We served together/Now we go on together

Please pray for students, faculty and staff during this transition and consider touring the new campus. Stay updated on the Bayview Campus.


120th Trivia: First 5 to respond get two tickets each to Christmas in the Chapel

Name the two schools that merged in 1968 to become Ontario Bible College.

Submit your answers to: alumni [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: 120th%20Trivia) with the subject title: 120th Trivia

Special Discounts from the Tyndale Bookstore
Take advantage of the Fall special discounts from the Tyndale Bookstore (September 24 – October 06, 2013)




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Upcoming Events

Sept 28: Graduates Reunite - A Tyndale Reunion (UC Classes of 1985 - 1995)
Dr. Rob Patterson, Director of Alumni & Church Relations of Tyndale University College & Seminary invites the Ontario Bible College classes of 1985 - 1995 for a Tyndale reunion.

Alumni will have the opportunity to re-connect with one another, interact with students, faculty, staff, walk down familiar hallways, tour the new Bayview campus and have a family friendly fun day together. Follow this link for more details and to RSVP

Sept 28: Fall Festival

Nov 16: The MacMillan Singers

Dec 7: Christmas in the Chapel

Feb 25, 2014: Tuition Free Forward Day

March 1, 2014: Contempo Conference

June 21, 2014: B.Ed 5th Anniversary Celebration

Tyndale Courses

Landmarks of Leadership (Online)
"Landmarks of Leadership" is the first of six online sessions presented as part of Tyndale’s collaboration with NextLEVEL Leadership. These sessions are designed to encourage and equip women to develop the character, confidence and competence necessary to have a credible voice in the decision making processes within the church and society, in order to influence our world for God.

Course Dates: September 16 - October 25, 2013

DMin Info Session
Connect over lunch with the associate director, admissions team, and faculty of the DMin program. Have your questions answered, learn about the Spiritual Formation and Ministry options, and meet your future classmates.

Date: Monday, September 30, 2013

Survey of the Old and New Testaments
Course Instructor: Dr. Narry Santos
Understanding the content and the flow of Scripture is fundamental to understanding God’s missional purposes for humanity.  It is not just understanding the characters and events that are important but also understanding how God consistently worked in the lives of his people, in the nation of Israel, and in the church.  His purposes are consistent throughout Scripture, from the creation to the consummation.

Course Dates: Monday, September 9, for the next eight Mondays.
6:30pm - 9:30pm.
Location: Peoples Church

Window on Global Mission
Course Instructors: Dr. Terry Smith and Dr. Bob Morris
Window on Global Missions is designed to introduce God’s people to how God is at work in His world. The living God is a missionary God. Wherever His people are in the world, they have the privilege of being His co-workers. This is a course designed to empower church leaders to help the people of God better understand how God is at work and to enable them to fulfill their part in His purposes. This course will address the Theological, historical, strategy and cross cultural aspects of engaging in Global mission. We will show how mission begins on our doorstep to the ends of the earth.

Course Dates: Thursday, September 12, for the next eight Thursdays.
6:30pm - 9:30pm.
Location: Tyndale University Seminary & College

Embracing the End of Life
Course instructor: Dr. David Sherbino

At the end of life how do we bring closure so that we have a 'Good Death'? This module will explore various issues at the end of life including ethical decisions that need to be made, the necessity of a living will, how to say ‘good bye’, sitting ‘vigil’, learning the signs that the body is shutting down, and rituals and beliefs that make a difference. You will learn how to walk alongside both the individual who is dying and the family as they deal with death and loss.
Date: September 27-28, 2013

Admissions Counsellor, Adult & Professional Programs (Full-Time)
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•Edward Tong [MDiv, 1998]
•Tracy Cox Lichty [BRE, 2004]

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