Community is a significant part of the Tyndale undergraduate experience. We strive to provide opportunities for students to connect with other students and opportunities and be a part of the wider Tyndale community. Student organizations, sports, events, residence life, and Tyndale Houses are some of the avenues in which undergraduate students can begin to connect so that the process of formation can start resulting, we hope, in students who thrive! With these options we are confident students will build friendships and experiences while at Tyndale.
The Tyndale Houses allow all undergraduate students, working toward their BA or BRE (non-modular), to have a place of connection. The House system brings together our diverse demographic of students and helps foster community.
The Houses are not only a places to encourage involvement and to build comradery but to give students an opportunity to build relationships with others they wouldn't otherwise connect with. Being a part of a House encourages students from different years and backgrounds to create lasting and vital relationships. Through the various House events and competitions, frosh students to final semester students, and all students in between, work together to earn House points.
We hope that students will not only find connection and community within their House but a deeper understanding of Tyndale.
Once a student has registered for courses they are sorted into one of the five Houses. That is the student's House through their years at Tyndale and as an alum.
The House team is made up of 10 House Leader positions (a female and male upper year student per house) and the Director of Houses. The House Leaders are responsible to provide space for people to make connections and integrate into the Tyndale community. The House Leaders aspire to help everyone in their House belong. The Director of Houses oversees the House Leaders and provides accountability, encouragement, and guidance. They also keep track of the accumulated points that each House earns throughout the year in the different House challenges.
Eat, Pray, Play
A healthy and thriving community is an essential part of students' formation. When people feel connected and have a place where they are known and valued, they thrive. Developing healthy community is not easy - it takes time, intentionality, and effort. The House Team's desire is to help students foster and embrace healthy community at Tyndale. We have found that people often find it easier to connect over a shared meal, worshipping together, or playing together. These opportunities provide shared experiences, laughter, and friendship. We hope that this well help each person build connections and feel they have a place here.
Friendly competition provides shared experience that help connect people with each other. The challenge and desire to do their best builds confidence and trust among the different members of the House. Each House is awarded points at each of the House Challenge. In recent years, Tyndale has held challenges such as:
- Co-ed Ball Hockey Tournament
- Cumulative GPA of the House
- House Essay Competition
- House Presentations in INDS 1013 course
- House Film Fesitval
- "Cultivate" House Challenge
- and more
Each House is named after one of our past presidents. Each of these presidents had a significant impact on Tyndale during their time in office. We hope their commitment to faith and call on their lives will encourage students to grow in their faith and to walk confidently in the call on their lives.
There are two common elements found in each of House crest: the symbol of the lamp and the word "serve". These were taken from Tyndale's crest. The word "serve" is drawn from the Greek inscription, duloi Christou, which translates to "servant of Christ". While there are some similarities among the crests, there are also unique characteristics for each House and their crest. Along with their connection to the vision and mission of Tyndale, each House strives to live out this vision and mission in their unique way. This is seen in their crest with the unique symbol and associated words.
Dr. Victor Adrian
Dr. Victor Adrian was president of Ontario Bible College/Ontario Theological Seminary (Tyndale) from 1973 to 1983. As President, he presided over two highly significant milestones in the school’s history: the establishment of Ontario Theological Seminary (now Tyndale Seminary) and the move to the campus at 25 Ballyconnor Court, Toronto, both in 1976.
The Cypress Tree
As people charged with stewarding God's creation we can connect the act of planting trees with that of planting churches, just like President Victor Adrian who was heavily involved in planting churches. "Perseverance" is also one of the words associated with Adrian House. Cypress trees persevere through harsh conditions. As part of the evergreen family they are able to survive through harsh winters.
Equip, Persevere, and Serve
The words Equip, Persevere, and Serve were chosen to help encourage members in Adrian House to respect and love one another. When a part of a community, people can rely on others to help them persevere through tough times and overcome their challenges. As member of Adrian House build community they are equipped to follow God's call to be servants by displaying His love to others.
Dr. Stewart Boehmer
Dr. Stewart Boehmer was president of The Toronto Bible College (Tyndale) in 1963 to 1974, bringing to his position a pastor’s heart, business acumen, and a wide reputation in Christian education. Under his leadership, the school experienced an unusual expansion in student registration and curriculum offerings which generated an ongoing growth in the school.
The chalice represents worship. One of many ways we worship Christ is through the Eucharist. The Eucharist also symbolizes His sacrifice and reconciliation with humanity.
Reconcile, Serve, and Worship
The words Reconcile, Serve, and Worship were chosen because they exemplify how to live faithfully. Christ's work on the cross reconciles us to God and he calls us to bring reconciliation to the rest of the world (2 Corinthians 5:16-21). Jesus provides us with a powerful example of serving one another through washing the disciples' feet (13:12-20). Finally, worship, glorifying God, should be evident in every aspect of our lives (Mark 12:30).
Dr. Elmore Harris
Dr. Elmore Harris was president of Toronto Bible Training School (Tyndale) from 1894 to 1911. He, along with a group of lay people from St. Paul’s Anglican, Knox Presbyterian, and Walmer Road Baptist founded Toronto Bible Training School (TBTS), in response to the need for a Christian institution in Toronto to educate people for service in lay ministries. Dr. Harris served as the first President of the school, which changed its name to Toronto Bible College (TBC) in 1912. Dr. Harris was considered “a remarkable soul-winner,” and had a strong reputation for his expository preaching. During the years from 1871 to 1895, he baptized an estimated 1,000 believers.
The unicorn head is a symbol that can be seen through church history; most commonly in stained glass windows. It symbolizes creativity and imagination, strength, and serving which connects with each of Harris House's words, inspire, strengthen, and serve.
Why Inspire, Serve, and Strengthen?
The words, inspire, serve, and strengthen, were chosen to challenge each member in the House. To motivate students to go beyond what they believe they are capable of; to create a House that is passionate and driven.
Dr. William McRae
Dr. William McRae became president of Ontario Bible College and Ontario Theological Seminary in Toronto (Tyndale) in 1982. He was later appointed as its Chancellor and served in that capacity from 1992-1998. Dr. McRae provided exceptional leadership and outreach on behalf of the college and seminary alternately as both President and Chancellor.
Intertwined Olive Branches
The olive branch symbolizes peace and concord; their intertwining branches represent trust and unity. Peace builds trust, which is essential for a community of believers. The two branches intertwined together, also, signify service, as the body of Christ, we have been grafted in to the promises of God are called to serve each other in this peace and unity.
Trust, Serve, and Unite
The words Trust, Serve, and Unite were chosen because each member of McRae comes with their own experiences, unique personalities, and talents given to them by God. Trust and Unite are themes the help build a strong and healthy community. As the McRae House, growth in trust of God occurs while trusting others, serving God while serving others, and unity just as Christ followers are one in Christ.
Dr. Brian Stiller
Dr. Brian Stiller became President of Tyndale University in 1996 and led the school through major restructuring. During his tenure, Tyndale received university status from the Ontario Government, the current 56-acre campus was purchased, and a major capital drive lifted the school into a new era of growth. In 2009 Stiller retired from his presidency. After serving as Chancellor for a year, he was named president of the Tyndale Foundation, where he served for two years.
In heraldry a crown represents service to the king. Through encouragement and working towards a better future for the Tyndale community and the world beyond, members of Stiller will serve the King of Kings.
Encourage, Envision, and Serve
The words Encourage, Envision, and Serve were chosen to exemplify a faithful path with God. With courage one can inspire others through encouragement. As followers of Christ we are tasked to serve Him faithfully and to envision a future with hope.