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). 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.
Evangel — Summer 2016
Message from the President
Ronald Alexander Fraser has faithfully served the kingdom of God through Alberta Bible College for forty-two years of service. In light of his upcoming transition, we share with readers some excerpts from the archives marking his marvelous career so far.
When I began my work with Alberta Bible College, I pointed to the boots of Ed Benoit as a symbol of the legacy and responsibility in which I would learn to walk as president. I knew I would fill the boots previously worn by the likes of C. H. Phillips, Melvin Breakenridge, Boyd Lammiman, and Ronald Fraser.
Which story are you a part of?—the one about securing forgiveness and eternal life for yourself? Or the one about God working to reconcile all things to himself, to bring about a new creation in, and through, his Spirit-filled people?” Dr. Mark Love, Dean of Theology and Ministry at Rochester College, Michigan, posed this question to the sixty-two leaders present at the Western Canadian Leadership Summit in May.
In the first century Paul called on Timothy: “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” (2 Timothy 2:2 NIV). The urgency of Paul’s appeal is readily evident today and with each passing year we see the ever-growing need to supplement and replenish our current generation of Christian leaders with a new generation qualified to teach others.
The following faculty members have represented Alberta Bible College well in the world of scholarship and are to be commended for being committed to the ministry of scholarship.
We’d like to acknowledge faculty that are transitioning this summer.
Alberta Bible College celebrated its 84th Commencement Weekend April 22–24, 2016. On Friday evening, students, faculty, staff, board members, and supporters gathered at the annual Celebration & Recognition Banquet to mark the achievements of the preceding academic year.
The Alumni from 1967–1974 had a delightful gathering in April. Several travelled from out of town to share in memories, laughs, and old photos. Linn Rehn presented a number of interesting items from the archives, including audio recordings. Everyone’s memories were tested by each other’s trivia questions. Thanks to all for coming out and making the reunion a warm and fun event.