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November 2013

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.”

Fall Reunion 2013

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.

Tyndale Bookstore

We, at the Tyndale Bookstore, believe that books constitute one of the main vehicles to further theological and spiritual growth, which is essential to a healthy ministry. Hence, we carefully choose titles and authors with a solid academic background in various disciplines –theology, biblical studies, leadership, psychology, church and ministry, to mention a few – that speak a message that is relevant to our challenging times.

We hope you visit us to see for yourself all the resources we offer, which now includes a huge selection of quality books at prices up to 55% off and to take advantage of your 15% alumni discount on all regularly priced items!
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On the Road to Bayview

Since the beginning of our College in 1894, one repeating motif within Tyndale’s narrative seems to be geographic change...

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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 [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: 120th%20Anniversary%20Trivia) (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.


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Upcoming Events

November 11: Remembrance Day
Tyndale Alumni are engaged in ministry to the lost in a variety of roles all over the world. A number of Tyndale Alumni and current students have followed the call of God into the Canadian Armed Forces, some serving as Chaplains, others who take their education and faith into different trades.  Tyndale will take time on November 11, 2013 at 10:45 AM in the Ballyconnor Courtyard to remember those who have paid the ultimate price in service to the nation of Canada.

November 21: Entrepreneurial Leadership Conference
To Connect, Equip & Celebrate Christian Entrepreneurs and Marketplace Leaders.
Location: The Grand Metropolitan (5165 Dixie Rd. Mississauga)

November 28: "Luther: Rebel, Genius, Liberator" Film Screening
In an exploration of Film and Faith, the Seminary’s Theology & History Department presents a screening of the 2003 movie, "Luther: Rebel, Genius, Liberator."
Director, Eric Till will be present to discuss his work, along with Paul Burford, instructor in the Film and Faith course and Tyndale faculty.

You are invited to join in this free event on Thursday, November 28 starting with a reception at 5:30 pm.  Screening at 6:30 pm in the Van Norman Centre (chapel). Come enjoy the film and share your views on the challenges and opportunities of depicting faith on film. For further information please contact dfraser [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: %22Luther%3A%20Rebel%2C%20Genius%2C%20Liberator%22%20Film%20Screening) (Dahlia Frase)r.

Dececember 7: Chancellor's Christmas Celebration
Dr. Stephanie Ling, Chancellor invites you to join her for the Chancellor’s Christmas Celebration featuring performances by Tyndale students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Please join us for this last Christmas event at Ballyconnor campus at 2:30 pm.  Light refreshments will be served after the celebration in the Ballyconnor Dining Hall.

This event is by general admission. Seats are limited.

To reserve tickets, please RSVP by Friday, November 29, 2013 to:
Stella Josiah, Development Coordinator
Phone: 416.218.6721
Email: sjosiah [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: Chancellor's%20Christmas%20Celebration)

January 21, 2014: Faith Talks 2014
Join us for this year's Faith Talks lectures. Our speaker this year is columnist, author, and recording artist Carolyn Arends.

There will be three talks: the first on Tuesday January 21 at 11:30 am; the second on Tuesday January 21 at 7:30 pm; and the third on January 22 at 11:30 am.

February 25: Tuition Free Forward Day
We invite you to join the Tyndale community in celebrating the Tuition Free Forward Day. This is a day we give thanks to students for choosing to study at Tyndale and we celebrate the generous donors who financially support Tyndale’s students.
For more information, watch the video to capture conversations from Tyndale students, staff and faculty at the previous Tuition Free Forward Day Celebration.

March 1: Contempo Conference
Theme: Mission Defined: Let others SEE the Gospel
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Speaker: Dr. Bryan Karney and Mr. Desmond Choi
Location: Tyndale University College & Seminary
Cost: $60 (Early Bird $50 before Jan 5, 2014)
Lunch & Refreshments Included
Join us for panel sessions, group discussions and booth displays.

March 8: Varsity Alumni Day
Calling all Alumni varsity athletes!
You’ve had a year to rest and recover from the last alumni day, so get ready to come back and challenge the current students. Volleyball and basketball games will be on the agenda, so if you played for the Tyndale varsity sports teams in the past, we want to see you! For more information please send an email to ldauphin [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: Varsity%20Alumni%20Day) (Louizandre, Athletics Director).

March 17: Preaching Conference 2014
The 2014 Tyndale Preaching Conference will take place on March 17, 2014 with teaching and lectures from the Reverend Dr. Will Willimon of the Divinity School at Duke University, and the author of 60 books.
Topic:  Preaching Jesus: An Exploration into the Challenges of Preaching Jesus Today.
For more information, follow this link.

March 29: RA Alumni Floor Hockey
Mark your calendar because RA Alumni Floor Hockey will be here before you know it! Pull out your hockey stick (plastic blades only of course), dust off your running shoes and start getting in shape!

If you served as a Resident Advisor or Residence Director, we would love to have you come back and play. For more information please send an email to sloewen [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: RA%20Alumni%20Floor%20Hockey) (Shannon, Residence Director).

April 1: Golden Milers Reunion
Toronto Bible College and London College of Bible and Missions Class of 1964 Reunion
The Alumni team is pleased to host a Golden Milers reunion for the TBC and LCBM class of 1964 on April 1, 2014. Alumni will have a wonderful opportunity to re-connect as well as join the Tyndale community at the Graduation chapel. For further information, please contact the alumni [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: Golden%20Milers%20Reunion) (Alumni office).

April 1: Silver Milers Reunion
Ontario Theological Seminary class of 1989
The Alumni team is pleased to host a Silver Milers reunion for the Ontario Theological Seminary on April 1, 2014. Alumni will have a wonderful opportunity to re-connect as well as join the Tyndale community at the Graduation chapel. For further information, please contact the alumni [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: Silver%20Milers%20Reunion) (Alumni office).

May 7: DMin Alumni Gathering
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.

June 21: B.Ed 5th Anniversary Celebration
The Tyndale B.Ed program is pleased to invite all B.Ed alumni to the 5th Anniversary celebration on June 21, 2014.

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 [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: B.Ed%205th%20Anniversary%20Celebration) (Alumni office).

Tyndale Courses

NEW: Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation
Tyndale’s DMin in Spiritual Formation focuses on personal spiritual growth and practice, the academic study of Christian spirituality, and the ministry of spiritual formation.

Seminary Online Courses
Tyndale Seminary currently offers a wide selection of online courses, offered regularly on a rotational basis.

The Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies and Master of Theological Studies can be taken entirely online or as a combination of online and in-class courses.
If you are interested in a Master of Divinity degree, you can take up to 18 online courses for credit towards your degree—the equivalent of two full years of the program! For many, the option of taking a full year of classes without coming to Toronto is a huge benefit.

God's Mission and His Church
It's common to measure the success of a church in terms of the size of its congregation, budget, or building. What if we started to ask new questions? This course will explore a biblical vision of the Church and experiment with new ways of thinking and living as God's people caught up in His mission.

Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies
The one-year Graduate Diploma program provides you with a foundation of biblical, theological and ministry studies for your spiritual growth and ministry development.

January Intersession Courses
Get a head start on your New Years resolutions and sign up for one of the excellent Intercession courses. Study “Hemorrhaging Faith - the story of Faith among young adult Canadians” with Dave Overholt, “Spiritual Care for the Dying” with David Sherbino, “Leadership” with Peter Dickens and much more.

Visiting students please contact the Admissions Office before registering. For registration related matters, please contact the Registrar's Office at 416-226-6620 x 6711 or email registration [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: January%20Intersession%20Courses) (Registrar's Office).


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