Opening Celebrations bring community together
The Tyndale University College & Seminary Opening Celebrations brought the community and neighbourhood together to celebrate God’s provision. After the Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in the morning, Tyndale gathered for the Dedication Service in the chapel. The service was a time to join together in worship and praise with special musical guests including the Toronto Mass Choir and Dr. Melissa Davis, Sessional Lecturer in Music & Worship Arts. Dr. Gary V. Nelson led members of Tyndale’s Board of Governors, students, faculty, staff and friends of Tyndale in the litany of dedication and prayers of support.
In the President’s Address, Dr. Nelson spoke of Tyndale’s 10 year journey to Bayview as an incredibly stretching experience. “If you followed this journey, the tone of this celebration is simply the deep and abiding sense that we have been on a journey with God.”
Dr. Nelson explained that the Board of Governors have long used the crossing of the Jordan as a metaphor for Tyndale’s journey from the Ballyconnor campus to its new home on Bayview. He spoke of the stone placed in the front of the campus as a symbol. “We need this stone to remind us what has brought us through the 121 years of our history. A stone to remind us of the God who brought us here.”
“We need a place like Tyndale in a strategic city like Toronto,” said Dr. Nelson. “We need a thoughtful, diverse evangelical presence in not just the people, but symbolically in the stone walls of this building and its surrounding green space. This campus is a statement to the world that we are engaged in the culture and want to be people who make a change.”
See below to watch or listen to Dr. Nelson’s full address and view photos from the event.
On the stone it is written, “Like Joshua, who set up the twelve stones to commemorate the deliverance of the people of Israel from the water of the Jordan, we too lay a stone for future generations as a sign that here in this place, God was with us, shepherding us, speaking to us, and sustaining us.”