A Letter to Our Supporters

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Evangel – Fall 2015

Message from the President

Dear Alumni and Friends of ABC,

Thank you for the love and support you have shown Alberta Bible College over the years. We would not be in our 84th year of operation without friends and supporter like you. If you were not able to attend the installation service or the recent reunion for alumni from our beginnings to 1967, I hope you will find the report in the Evangel heart-warming and inspiring.

The theme of this Evangel is to dream again. ABC is on the brink of a new season and optimism fills the halls. I want you to be part of our future because I know I cannot do this work alone. So I ask for you to help me promote the work and mission of ABC in the following ways. First, champion the college. Pray for ABC. Pray for me. Tell others about the good that ABC has done and will do. Second, connect us with others who can champion the College. If ABC has been good to you, ABC can be good for others. Connect us with students, those who can benefit from what we do, and those looking to make a difference in the world. Finally, continue to invest in the development of leaders. Your time, effort, and resources do make a difference!

Some time ago I learned to make the distinction between vision and mission. Vision renews energy; mission expends energy. Thus ministry always involves time, effort, and resources. We will expend energy in ministry until Jesus returns. Vision on the other hand renews us and gives us freshness for the long journey ahead. Our grand vision is to participate with God in transforming people who working with God can transform people. Our specific mission is to equip people for effective service and witness for Christ. This mission requires time, energy, and resources. But is it worth it?

I recently heard the story of one of our graduates. When Scott MacKenzie came to ABC, he had no desire to do church ministry on a fulltime basis. His plan was to do one year of Christian education and move on. God changed those plans. Today he is the lead pastor of a multi-staff church, a church he and his team planted over two decades ago. So yes, it is worth it!

So give me a chance to tell you other stories about the impact ABC has had and will continue to have. If you have time for a phone call, an online chat, or a cup of coffee, let me know. I would love to visit with you about how you and ABC can be the difference.

In God’s Mission,

Stan Helton

Stan Helton

President

Stan is the current president of ABC, and has recently joined us with his wife, Pat Helton. They have one daughter Rachel, who is married. She and her husband just finished a short-term mission trip to Zambia. Rachel is completing her Masters in Theology through Abilene Christian University. Stan has earned degrees from Oklahoma Christian University (BA), Abilene Christian University (MS, MDiv, DMin), and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (ThM, PhD). He has served in a variety of ministry settings including New Orleans and Chicago; he taught for six years at Western Christian College in Regina, Saskatchewan where he also served as Dean. Pat is a teacher whose specialty is Adapted Physical Education. She has served people with special needs most of her career, most recently among the urban poor of New Orleans. Stan and Pat are excited to have returned to Canada and seeing what God will do with them next in this mission.

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