Faculty & Staff
“What does strawberry taste like?” – How do we share a flavor we love with someone who has never tasted it?
I feel this is the conundrum I have been tasked with unlocking. How do I help people get a picture of the impact, the changed lives, the fruit produced here at ABC? I have been brought to tears numerous times by the stories people have shared with me. ABC has continued to grow so much in the years since I attended. PACE – what an amazing ministry, who knew? How do I help you experience it with me? That really is why I’m here, when you boil it down.
My journey? I have had a varied journey on my way to ABC…having graduated here in 1991, and then completed Seminary I came back to Alberta, and preached in Edmonton for 7 years. Then the Lord took me out of that role, and into business, while he did long-overdue internal journey work in my heart. Along the way, my beautiful wife and I had three little bundles of energy with their own dreams and gifts. Those little bundles have all grown up now, and flown the coop.
But before they left, we made our way to Oakville, Ontario for about 7 years. I played around with a bunch of computer programs…getting to manage a large company’s shared applications while working large IT & marketing projects. I mean what else do you do with an M. Div degree?
In 2013, we sensed God saying we needed to come back to Calgary, so we said good-bye to work, friends, and our kingdom family to head back West. We splashed down in Calgary, the week of “the flood”. After a number of years in the wilderness of corporate consulting here in Calgary, I landed in what feels like the reason for the last 28 years of life training that have gone by since I left ABC.
Esse Quam Videri
Why do I teach in the area I teach?
Hmmmm…good question. Because it is the area I am qualified to teach in. 🙂
I teach in the Professional Studies area because I love to see others develop abilities and strengths so that they are more confident in who God made them to be. That confidence enables them to serve Him more effectively and completely. Also, Professional studies courses are a natural place for student to connect the knowing, being and doing of their faith.
What have been some personally transforming moments?
The birth of our children and grandchildren.
Seeing young women (and men) I have mentored claim their unique calling and become effective servant leaders.
Leading ministry teams to work with Graceland Ministries in Poland. As leader I get to watch and participate in the ebb and flow of team dynamics as individuals interact with each other, the Polish people, and a foreign culture while at the same time being ambassadors for Christ and Canada.
Cycling the TransCanada Trail in Prince Edward Island…there is lots of time to reflect on life, live at a slower pace, and see the world through a different lens when cycling. That holiday pushed me to the extreme physically and at the same time it rejuvenated my soul.
Taking in the beauty of an ocean sunset while sitting on the rocks on Galiano Island, BC.
What is on my mind/heart?
People who struggle to find purpose in life…so many people who know Christ, as well as those who do not know him, live with no sense of ultimate purpose. For many, life is about having work that pays the bills, and finding enjoyable ways to relax when not at work. But ultimate purpose comes when we understand and accept who God made us to be, then allow our hearts to be touched by a need that is beyond ourselves, and so commit to doing what we can to make the world a better place. I am energized when I see people living out their calling.
A summary of the Thesis I wrote
My Exit project for the Master of Education was Life Guidance: Vocational Development in Christian higher education. It examines the theological concept of “calling” and then proposes ways that Christian colleges can help students discover and live out their sense of ultimate purpose.
ACC with the International Coach Federation
Christian Career Certificate (Alberta Bible College)
Bachelor of Education: Elementary ed (University of Alberta)
Master of Christian Studies (Prairie Graduate School)
Master of Education: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (University of Calgary)
- Sharing our home with others,
Activities I do to stay fit
I teach in a theological institution because I myself have learned from men and women who have taught in these places with much wisdom, sensibility, sensitivity, and integrity. Their faithfulness inspires me to be faithful in the world of theological education. My primary academic interests lie within the field of biblical studies. I am convinced that when we hold scripture in our hands we are at the same time dealing with the inspired word of God and a human work of art. It is God’s story of salvation in which we find meaning and purpose for our own personal narratives. My desire is that whether our students spend one semester or four years at ABC that they learn to engage all of life theologically (cf. Col 3:17), that they become increasingly conformed to the image of Christ (cf. Rom 8:28, 29), and that they live out their vocation as image bearers of God (cf. Genesis 1:26, 27). My studies have included undergraduate degrees in journalism (Mount Royal College) and Christian education (Alberta Bible College), as well as a master’s degree from Wycliffe College (University of Toronto). I am grateful to be married to my beautiful wife Brenda, and we have equally beautiful daughter, Holly.