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.
Evangel — Christmas 2015
Message from the President
This will be our first Christmas in Calgary. Pat and I are happy to be here and working among you for the good of the kingdom of God and for the sake of the world. Because we are in this together, I would like to share a reflection with you.
We live in a time of rapid change that calls into question almost everything. No surprise then that the nature of Christian education is being reassessed. For some people, Bible colleges are relics of the past best allowed to die—and several have indeed died. Some church leaders today are not sure of the role of formal Christian education in ministry training and formation. As one who cares deeply for the role of Christian education and for the highest quality of ministry in the church, I, too, am among those who want to find the most efficient ways to train people in Christian spiritual formation for effective service and witness for Christ.
This past year has been filled with prayer and answered prayer. Indeed God has gone ahead of our prayers and answered beyond what we ask. We are thankful for the following blessings.
One of the best ways to measure the impact of Alberta Bible College is our students and the work they do that makes a difference in our world. One student who exemplifies the outcomes we seek at ABC is Tracy Bartel. Tracy is a second career student, who was born in Calgary, raised by her mom along with her sister and two brothers. She recently graduated from ABC with a diploma in Christian Ministry and was recognized as the outstanding student in both her first and second year. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Theology at ABC. Most significantly Tracy accepted the call to devote her life to Christ and his church—this is her story.
The board of Alberta Bible College wants to keep those who love the college informed as to the financial health of the college. Below you will find the numbers for the big picture.