Meet, Celebrate and Win!
Warmest greetings to the Tyndale Alumni family,
It has been an incredible fall at Tyndale. We have one of the largest incoming classes in the history of the school, and you can hear it in the buzz around campus.
Last month we welcomed 125 alumni to the Fall Alumni Reunion and Festival. The day was perfect in so many ways. The reunions that students had with each other, friends, and faculty were extraordinary. It was indeed a grace filled day.
I appreciate the following acronym for the word grace:
G: God at the centre
R: radical hospitality
A: authentic discipleship
C: compassion within and without the body of Christ
E: extravagant generosity
These elements were experienced during the Fall Alumni Reunion. It was a picture of what heaven must be like.
Our prayer for you in your life and work is that you would give and receive grace as you fulfill our mission “to follow Jesus, make disciples and transform the world.”
May Christ’s Spirit guide and inform your daily life that you would continue to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
Blessings upon you,
Rev. Dr. Rob Patterson
Director, Alumni & Church Relations
Jacob Birch [BRE 1993]
Meet Jacob Birch [BRE 1993]
Since graduating from Tyndale in the early 90's, Jacob has taken on roles as a youth pastor and church planter. But for the past six and a half years he has been the Senior Pastor at Glengate Alliance Church in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Glengate Alliance Church is over 90 years old. They will celebrate their centennial in 2017. In many ways, Jacob can relate with Tyndale’s current transition to Bayview. In 2011, they invested a significant amount of resources into a renovation that turned an old high school into a 34-unit seniors complex. In addition to its service to seniors, Glengate offers church programs such as worship services and youth outreach, not to mention a community garden with access to a newly-built pizza oven. However, with the economic downturn, Jacob says the socio-economic make-up of the Niagara Falls region has changed. The average person is no longer middle-class. In the past, there were three major industries in Niagara Falls, but now only one remains: tourism.
He states: “Some people have up to three part-time jobs in the tourism industry, just to make ends meet. Through our community garden and pizza oven, people in our community have access to grow their own food and prepare meals for their family. This is a great way to support people in our community.”
“The ‘Falls’ is a community in crisis,” says Jacob. From gambling and alcohol addictions, to the concerning issue of “the sex trade and sex tourism in Niagara Falls,” Glengate is working together with other churches in the area to bring renewal to their community.
One way churches are partnering together to combat the sex trade in their community is by participating in the Ride for Refuge. Organized by an Alliance backed group called Defend Dignity, the Ride for Refuge is a bicycling tour across Canada that raises money to educate people about human trafficking and to support ministries that help save women from the sex trade.
Jacob credits his time at Tyndale for preparing him to lead his church into renewing their community for God. “Being a student at Tyndale opened up my mind and heart to all the people who God was working in and through. This made me excited about what God could do through me. It was the best three years of my life.”
On Saturday September 28th, Tyndale hosted an Alumni Reunion for the classes of 1985-1995. Over 125 alumni were in attendance on this very special occasion. The reunion took place in conjunction with Tyndale’s Fall Festival, in which a record 350 people were in attendance! On top of having the opportunity to participate in festival activities, alumni took part in a chapel service and a tour of the Bayview campus.
View more information about the Fall Festival and to see the ‘time lapse’ video of the day’s events.
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120th Anniversary Trivia - $20 Gift Card
Tyndale got its name from:
(A) A Christian book company
(B) A translation of the Bible
(C) Richard Tyndale - a retired professor
(D) William Tyndale - a historic Bible Translator
(E) Tyndale College - a historic British Theological college
Please email the Alumni Department with the correct answer and "120th Anniversary Trivia" as the subject line.
The first 5 to reply with the correct answer will win a $20 Tyndale Bookstore gift card.