Eighty-five Years and Going Strong

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Evangel – Spring 2017

Message from the President

Dr. Stan HeltonI’m proud to be associated with Alberta Bible College. I want everyone to have the same experience of seeing God work through ABC’s staff and faculty in the lives of students, and ultimately in the church and in the world.

The work of ABC needs to intensify to meet the challenges of a changed worldEighty-five years ago, the founders of ABC committed themselves to creating an environment where people could be prepared, not only for life, but particularly for service and witness for Christ in various forms of Christian ministry, full time, bi-vocationally, or voluntarily. If anything, the work of ABC needs to intensify to meet the challenges of a changed world where Christianity is considered suspect, where various people groups from around the world are becoming our neighbours, and where knowledge of the ways of Jesus are either misunderstood or, more likely today, not known.

In the pages of this Evangel, you will hear of the ways in which ABC’s academic team is reimagining the shape of the curriculum to prepare students for the world that not only is coming, but has come. You will also read about our students’ field experience in their Spring Ministry Experiences. Take a few moments to read through these pages, and then pray that our work might continue for another eighty-five years.

As always, we remain committed to equipping people for effective service and witness for Christ. Thanks for being our partner in making this happen.

Spring Ministry Experiences

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.