At the Speed of Trust

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Evangel – Christmas 2015

Message from the President

I’m frequently asked about how things are going at Alberta Bible College. Different people have different things or concerns in mind when they ask me this. But at the heart of the queries is often the latent question—never asked out loud, of course—can we trust you? I take this matter of trust seriously because you and I know that if we don’t trust each other, then our chances of doing anything together is small. As a new president, I’m learning a great deal every day. But I do know a few things about which I’m certain. We have a great group of students dedicated to learning the ways of Jesus and the best practices in Christian ministry. We have a dedicated staff working diligently to see the college be everything God has called us to be. We have an attentive board who oversees the functioning of the college and who have entrusted me with moving the mission of the college forward. We have committed people and churches that have invested, supported, and benefited from the ministry of the college. I’m fortunate to be among you working for the same outcomes.

To lead the college to a higher level of excellence, the staff needs to trust that I’m seeking the best for the college and for them. To build relationships between the college and churches and individuals, trust is necessary. To strengthen our relationships to our partners, again, requires trust. Yet it takes time to earn the trust of all and I’m committed to this process of building trust. This special newsletter is precisely about building trust.

In my travels around Western Canada, I hear about the hope people have for a bright future for ABC. But great students, dedicated staff, vigilant board, and committed people and churches all depend on a high level of trust. If you have questions, I want you to have answers. If you want to dream with me, I would love the company.

This special edition of the Evangel is one of the ways we seek to keep the lines of communication open. On the second page, I would like to share with you the vital role that formal Christian education plays in our common life. Our financial information can be found on page 3, and on the back page, I would like to share the captivating story of one of our students to illustrate the value and importance of the college in equipping people for effective service and witness for Christ.

So let me begin by thanking all of you for the warm welcome to Canada and to Alberta Bible College. We are off to a great start and the excitement about the future of Alberta Bible College is every place I go. So let’s move ahead at the speed of trust!

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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