Living a life of character and virtue
Dr. Gary V. Nelson, President of Tyndale University College & Seminary, welcomed all incoming first-year students, BEd Teacher Candidates and returning students to the first Commencement Chapel at the new campus. “Commencement Chapel represents this time of anticipation, where promise and hope come together. It is particularly exciting because we are finally here. We are finally in this place.”
Two new faculty members were introduced to the Tyndale community: Dr. Melissa Davis, Sessional Lecturer in Music & Worship Arts; and Dr. Nathanael Ojong, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, International Development. Dr. Melissa Davis gave a beautiful performance of “Praise His Holy Name” as part of the chapel service.
In his address, President Nelson explained Tyndale’s purpose and mission: “A Christian university and a missionally shaped seminary has at its roots the developing of the mind, the forming of the soul and the nurturing of deep character.” He spoke about the school’s long history of preparing Christians for a life of faithful service in all occupations all across the world. “Our alumni will show you the way,” he said. “This has been happening for 120 years. This is the simplicity of faith – love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind, and love your neighbour as yourself.”
President Nelson called the students to continue Tyndale’s legacy, living a life of character and foundational virtues. He quoted Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”