Understanding the Times
Evangel – Summer 2016
Message from the President
Among the troops whom David received from Saul’s military were those from the tribe of Issachar who “had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (1 Chronicles 12:32 KJV). These leaders had special insight into what was actually happening in their time, but also knew how God’s people should respond to it. The gift of these leaders was the ability to see beyond the normal and offer recommendations as to the best path forward. In this Evangel we celebrate a servant of God who has gifts such as these ancient warriors and who has shared what he has learned with us.
If anyone epitomizes what Alberta Bible College is about it is Ronald Alexander Fraser. After almost fifty years of active involvement—as a student and faculty member—in the life of the college, Ron is formally retiring from his role as Learning Services Director, having served as an instructor and Christian Service Director from 1975–1984 and as the President from 1984–2010. ABC would not be the college she is today without Ron.
By God’s grace, Ron is much more than just the roles he has filled. Those who know Ron would say that he is a servant of God who can see the big picture while being mindful of the people in it. Ron is a compassionate listener, a reflective practitioner of Christian ministry with a passion for the health of local congregations. His love for Christian education, especially best practices of pedagogy, is strong and many of the readers of the Evangel have benefited from Ron’s teaching. Ron has spent his life in equipping people for effective service and witness for Christ.
While Ron’s constant presence in the halls of ABC will be missed, we know he will continue to serve our God, ABC, the Christian community, and the world through his gifts.
We thank Ron for understanding the times and knowing what God’s people ought to do!
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