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Taylor Alumni Association AGM 2013

The annual meeting of the Taylor Alumni Association will be held on November 23, 2013, beginning at 10:00 AM. The meeting, which is expected to last two hours, will take place at Taylor; coffee and light breakfast snacks will be offered.

All Taylor alumni -- from the CTI, NABC, NABDS/EBS and Taylor eras -- are warmly welcomed and encouraged to attend.

SPECIAL NOTICE to our Alumni from finishing year ending in "3" i.e.: 1943, 1953.... 2013, we extend a special invitation to you! Come, bring your classmates and enjoy some recognition and fellowship together as we gather to catch up a bit. Please come, be prepared to be blessed, and to bless your fellow alumni with your presence.


 

Taylor Alumni Association - Homecoming & Reunion 2008

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ABOVE: Taylor alumni Pete Schroeder, Ed Link, Lloyd Kresier and David Follack sing as "Collegiate Two" during the opening evening service during the 2008 Taylor Alumni Reunion and Homecoming. The group was originally known as Collegiate One when they sang during the regular radio program produced by CTI (now Taylor).

Alumni from The Christian Training Institute, North American Baptist College, North American Baptist Divinity School, Edmonton Baptist Seminary and Taylor University College and Seminary got together for a time of celebration, fun and fellowship and reconnect with classmates, teammates faculty and staff.

The Taylor Development Office is operated out of the Office of the President:


Dr. David Williams, President

11525 – 23 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6J 4T3 Canada

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Lynne (Smith) Anderson, 1969 - 71 Diploma in CE


Clifford & Peggy Anderst, 1966-67


Ardell J. Dubber (Wright), 1967-69


Linda J. Weber (Ebel) 1967 - 71

After graduating I traveled with God's Volunteers for one year, graduated from Tabor College and went on to seminary, graduating from the NAB Seminary in 1977.  I've had a great time in ministry over the years; youth pastor in Stevensville, Michigan, Dean of Women at NABC/EBS, CE Director in Warren, Michigan, and Director of Women's Ministry for the NAB Conference.  I am married to Chuck Weber who teaches Asian and African History at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.  We have had incredible experiences traveling and working with students.  I would love to hear from former classmates as well as former students.  Posted 02/01/03


Grace Albrecht (Elke), 1964 - 66 Certificate Posted May 2005


Dr. Herman and Ardath Effa (Schmierer), 1953

We are enjoying retirement although we are still involved in ministry at Central Baptist Church here in Edmonton and in other churches throughout our conference.


Dr Edna Grenz (Sturhahn), 1969 – 70 Posted May 2005


Bert & Myrna (Schalin) Harsch, 1960 - 62

As a result of having 5 bypass heart surgery in January, 2002, I chose to retire after 16 years with the Workers Compensation Board of Alberta. My wife joined me in retirement in December of 2002. In April, 2003 we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. God has been Good!!


Norm Jaster, 1957 Posted 02/01/03


Arnold Kelbert

The family of Arnold Kelbert would like to inform fellow alumni of his passing November 11, 2003. He attending CTI completing some high school courses and Bible school as well. He was 70 years of age at his passing and resided in the Minitonas, MB area all of his life. Posted 11/04


Emily Posein (Krause), 1965 Short term course

I appreciate getting the Bridge. I live with my husband of 32 yrs. Darrell in Princeton, B.C. now going on 21 years.


Ronald & Doris Mayer (Gohl), Certificate 1968

We have kept up with old CTI friends through Doris's brother, Dieter, but would like to make contact personally. Ron and I have lived in Williston for 26 years. The past ten years we have been house parents at a group home for girls. We are active in our local Assembly of God church. Two daughters, Rebecca, 19 and Lindsey, 13, keep us on our toes. We'd love to hear from any old CTI friends that are still out there. Posted 11/2001


Peggy Meisch, 1966-1968


Jackie Moser MacDonald, Cert Christ. Ed 1967 - 1968

Spouse, Dr. LeRoy Moser - attended CTI/NABC 1965 - 1970 - graduated in 1970 with Bachelor of Theology; Bachelor of Religious Education - deceased - August 05, 2005 (Posted 10/05)


Esther Naumenko (Semrau), 1960

I've lived in Vernon, B.C. for the last 27 years. I have 3 children who are all on their own now.


Sharon (Paschke) Emmelkamp, Cert. of Chr. Ed, 1969

My life has been one of many moves. The latest was from Kelowna, BC to Edmonton,AB. Never did I think I would be living very close to Taylor. The Lord has very interesting plans for each of us. Posted 06/2011


Eric Peters, Sr. Metric 1969

Still in Edmonton and happily married. I am actively involved in the ministry of McKernan Baptist Church as well as being active on the Alumni Association executive. Posted 11/2001


 

Sharon E. Onciul (Prier), 1968 - 72


Jake Prins, 1952-1954

We have lived in Loma Linda CA since l983. Anyone out there who remembers me? Send us a word please. Danke.


Arnold Rapske, Certificate, 1946 – 48

We moved to Calgary in February this year and now live in a condominium.  A medical incident was the cause of the rapid decision to move. We have met a number of friends here.  We have two children in Calgary as well. Energy level has been drastically reduced and we are limited in activities.  We are still in the process of choosing a church to attend. I was in the employ of the college for 35 years. The first 17 years were devoted to teaching and the rest of the years involved library management.  I am very thankful for the opportunity I had of being involved at the college and am satisfied that I did the best I could in my interaction with students and staff. Posted May 2005.


Martin Reg, 1949-1950

My wife Darlene and I have attend Brentview Baptist church from its beginning in 1962,and I am serving as an elder and administrative assistant. We have three boys, who are married and have families, and are proud grandparents of six. One of our sons attended the College in 1980-83 (Brent) and Trevor was sport director in 1988.


Hans & Jule (Weber) Serger, 1966 - 72

The past 30 years have been a wonderful adventure with God.  Jule & I met at CTI and were married in 1969 after my first year of university.  We were back at NABC that fall as house parents in the girls dorm.  Our first daughter was born the year I graduated and she too attended NABC.  Now she works as a ward clerk in the hospital.  That year we also began serving as pastor for 17 years beginning in Trochu then Whiteshell and lastly at Balgonie.  In those years our 2nd daughter came, Heidi who now teaches music in the elementary school system.  After 17 years in pastoral ministry the Lord blessed us through a time of transition where I served four different NAB churches in Saskatchewan on an interim basis and finally ended up working as a technician at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.  But my ministry has not ended.  Over the years I have developed the art of ventriloquism and use it in a variety of ways, but mainly in children's programming and summer camps.  That ministry has a high demand that I can't begin to meet while working full time.  Another area of ministry has been learning to play the saw.  Its a wonderful ethereal quality and adds to our worship group each Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church where we attend.  For ten years and now with the help of 8 other musicians we minister regularly at two nursing homes each month.  It seems that they love the puppets as much as the kids.  Jule is nursing part time and looking to slow down.  The adventure continues.  Praise the Lord he's the Goal!  posted 09/02


Milton and Alice (Cirankewitsch) Zeeb, 1948-1951

Alice & I met at CTI during our Second year 1950-51 and we celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary this Aug 31, 2001. Alice was from Trochu, Alta. and I was from the States. I am a Grad. of NABS ('60) and also a M.Th. from Princeton Seminary (73). We pastored 12 years (two Churches, Kenosha, Wi./Philadelphia, PA.) and served 22 years as Area Minister in the South Central Area for NAB. We lived in Texas for 13 years and recently relocated to Kansas City, MO. in a Townhouse. Alice & I have done 7 Interim Ministries in NAB Churches since our retirement in 1994, following the Triennial in Dallas. We have two daughters, Faith & Joy. Faith and her husband pastor a BGC Church in Colorado Springs, CO. and they have one daughter graduating from HS in 2002, Rachel Anne. Joy is married and she & her husband live in Seattle. and Joy has one son, Jesse, also graduating from HS in 2002. We love our family, our memories of CTI and still in touch with many friends from that era. God is Good and praise Him for his Grace and Mercy.

Aaron Bushkowsky, 1975-1977

New Book Launch! Aaron Bushkowsky's latest book, "The Vanishing Man", a collection of linked short-stories is due out from Cormorant Books in May 2005. Aaron's other books include two books of poetry (one nominated for a BC Book Award), and two books of drama. He continues to write for theatre and fill in Vancouver where his latest plays were produced by The Vancouver Playhouse, Victoria's Belfry Theatre, Rumble Theatre and Solo Collective. His plays have won several awards and nominations, including two Jessie Richardson Awards for Outstanding Original Play. Recent accomplishments include finishing his MFA in Creative Writing through the University of British Columbia and listing in the prestigious "Who's Who in Canada". When Aaron isn't writing, he teaches Creative Writing for film and theatre at various colleges and film schools throughout Vancouver. (posted 01/05)


Lynne Smith Anderson, Diploma in CE 1971

 


 

Shirley (Cade) Walker, Diploma in Music 1975-1977


Libby McRobbie (Catt), 1976-1978

Still living in Ottawa. Stop in for a visit anytime!


Dr. Gregg Donaldson, BAR 1979

Currently serving the Calvary Baptist Church of Aberdeen, SD.


Debbie Dyck, 1971-72

God has been good! I am living here on the West Coast, enjoying my life, where I live with my husband Jim, of thirty or so years, we have 4 grown children, Jen, Jessica, Alisha, and Josh. Jen and Alisha are both married. And Jen and her husband have blessed Jim and I with 3 Grandchildren!! (Yes, I know, I am far to young to be a Grandmama!!!!) But I am thoroughly enjoying this role God has given me, Colton, age 5, Brooke age 3, and little Carter age 1, are truly God's little Angels! Enough Grandma talk, I was excited to find out about this Alumni website, I would be happy to hear from you, especially if you were at "N.A.B.C." the same year I was.


Rev. Daniel Edzards 1974-1975

I’ve been a pastor here at Immanuel Baptist Church (NAB) for 12 years. I have three sons (Matt-20, Mike-17, Ethan-13). My wife, Rita, is a Medical Technologist and is the Laboratory Manager at the local hospital.


Wayne Eisbrenner, Religion 1970 - 1971, MDiv 1985-87

Married to Judy Eisbrenner (Schalin), who also attended in 1970-1971.


Morris Ertman, 1979 


Sharon (Franke) Strohschein, Biblical St., 1976


Joy Trieglaff (Foster), Music 1976-1978

Currently working as Assistant to the Director of the Ethics Center at Wheaton College. Married to Mark for 20 years and live in Wheaton, IL with 2 children, Josh 19 and Janell 17. (Posted 10/05)


Ray Gale, 1972


Rev. Wenzel & Maria Hanik, BTh (1972), MDiv (1984)( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Still living in Atlanta. So sorry we had to miss the reunion but my wife could not get off work. Her doctor took off so she had to be in the clinic. We are doing fine. I have had a scare with my heart but so far so good. Our two boys are doing good. Tim is studying at Taylor. First week he got there in Jan. 08 it went to -54. Not a good thing. He nearly froze to death.


Dennis Harsch, 1979 - 83, BA Religion


Isa Hauser, Unclassified 1973/74

Spent an enjoyable 1973/1974 at NABC as a special student; currently living in my home town of Toronto, Ontario.


Manfred von Harten, 1970


Harvey Hiller, BTh 1971

Harvey was the principal teacher at Harry Collinge High School (now retired) and Sheila is an operating room nurse at the Hinton General Hospital. Mark and Lynette are graduate students at York University; Kim and Jeff live in East Lansing, Michigan where Kim is a graduate student at Michigan State and Jeff works as an apartment manager.


Lois Hiller (Dreger), Certificate in Christian Education 1970

I am still living in Edmonton, and am married to Stan Hiller. We have 3 children and 1 grandchild, born this past year. I will be retiring from my full time nursing career this April, and only working the occassional casual shift, after this.


Dale Janzen, 1973-1974

I just want to say "hello" from the Chicago area, where I have spend most of the 30 years since I attended (then NABC). For about half that time I've been actively involved in an Evangelical Free church, and don't have the close contact with the NAB conference that I once enjoyed, although I do receive NAB Today and hear bits and pieces. I reflect fondly on my NABC days, and am amazed at God's leading and direction in my life since those days. He is faithful and good. I can only imagine how the little campus in the middle of nowhere looks today. I hope to have the opportunity to get up there one of these days and see for myself. God continue to bless you all.


Keith Johnson, 1977-78

Married in 1993. Wife: Heidi (Scharfe) Johnson, two children: Bryce (4/97), Talia (3/99). Web page: http://www.telusplanet.net/public/brycej Posted 11/2001


Harry Kelm, BAR, 1977 – 81,

Just wanted to say Hi to all my friends.  We have just moved to the Pacific Northwest.  We are not in Vancouver,  BC but Vancouver, Washington which is right north of Portland.  I am the Senior Pastor of Cascade Park Baptist Church, just prior to this we were in Sioux Falls at Hillcrest Baptist Church for 10 years.  Cindy my wife and I have three kids 14, 11, and 9.  I relish the years spent together at NABC and know God has used you to impact my life.  Drop me a line if any of you can! Posted 09/02


Karen (Krause) Fisher, 1973 Posted 02/01/03


Wayne Krause, Dip.ChrEd 1971


Wendy McLennan (Lang), 1974-1976

I married Brian McLennan in 1986 & we have been living in Edmonton (quite close to Taylor campus) ever since. We are actively involved with Ellerslie Road Baptist Church (formerly Lansdowne Baptist Church).


Sue (Leverette) Sage, BRE, 1977/78 & 1979-83

Greetings Everyone, I was so blessed when a dear friend told me about this site.  It’s been great to see some familiar names and catch up on what God is doing in your lives.  I am married to a wonderful man named Gary.  He is in law enforcement.  We have one son by the name of Eric Daniel who is in 10th grade.  We attend church at the local NAB church.  I teach grade 6 and we are very involved in our church.  I would love to hear from any of you especially if you are ever in the Sacramento area.  God bless you! Posted 09/02


Debbie (Morrison) Maerz 1971-1974

Peter and I live north of Dallas in McKinney, TX. Peter works as Facility Manager for Interstate Battery and I am a technology Consultant for city and county governments. Posted July 2005.


Roni (Murphy) Parrino, Chr Ed 1971-72

It's been so long since I updated my information! Gary and I are still living in the Chicago area. I am now working as an Admin. Assistant for the parish administrator of a large Lutheran church. It is interesting and fun. Feel free to email me. I'd love to hear from former classmates. Posted 12/2010


Wilber Lang 1970 - 1971 Posted 11/04)


Dorothy Trost (Lehmann), 1973-75


Johanna Koszewa (Lueck), Diploma in Christian Education 1970

I'm married with two children Kris 24 and Ken 26, living in Neenah, WI with my husband Bernie. Served with God's Volunteers from 1968-69 with Rev. Klatt.


Deborah Kiemele (Moore), 1971


Debi Maerz (Morrison), BRE 1971-74 

I am currently working as a computer technology consultant in McKinney Texas.

(ED. NOTE: See a drawing of Debi's on the back of THE BRIDGE, Fall 2010.)


Darren & Elaine (Orthner) Lewis, M Div 1986-87, BRE 1978-82 Posted July 2005.


Kevin Quast, BAR 1975 - 1979

After graduation from NABC, I have had a variety of adventures ... Acadia Divinity College (1979-81) ... teaching at Tyndale Seminary (1984-1996) ... pastoring Steele Heights Baptist Church in Edmonton (1996-1999) ... Academic Vice President at Taylor (1999-2003) ... volunteer work on the Island of Guam (2004) ... oil field roughnecking in the North West Territories (2005) ... and now senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Charlottetown. I'd love to hear from you. Posted September 2005.


Sharon Onciul (Prier), BTh 1972

After roaming Canada, settled back near Edmonton, busy with 5 children, active at Trinity Baptist, Sherwood Park.


Dr. David Rapske, BAR 1975

Kathy and I are enjoying our second year in ministry at Humbervale Park Baptist Church (www.forministry.com/M8Y2T3HPBC) here in Toronto, Ontario. The Lord is good! Posted Sept. 12, 2001


Kurt Ruhwald, 1975-1976

My wife Dorothy and I live in Calgary where I work for Air Canada. We attend Hawkwood Baptist Fellowship with our three girls; Martina (14), Natasha (11), and Sonja (6).Posted 11/2001


This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Certificate of Christian Education 1970-71

Married to Wayne Eisbrenner, who also attended in 1970-1971.


Marg (Schedler) Loewen, Diploma of Music 1972-1974

We've moved to BC and are now attending Trinity Baptist in Kelowna. (09/04)


Noreen Schulte (Siemens), DCE 1972-74 ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

I am still living in the South Cariboo with my husband, John, and 2 daughters. Becca is 16 and learning to drive; Eden is 14 and a budding equestrian. I am currently working on my EA certificate online through Northern Lights College.
. Posted 05/2008


Robert & Charlene (Strauss) Sandford, 1978-1982

Charlene & I are currently living in Prince George, BC, where I serve as the pastor of College Heights Baptist Church. Charlene (nee Strauss) is working as an RN long-term care case manager. Our children--Rebecca, 17, graduates this year from high school; Ryan, 15, is in Grade 10; Kyle, 13, is in Grade 8.  posted 02/01/03


Neil & Darlene Burritt (Toews), Dip Biblical Studies 1975 – 77 Posted May 2005


Susan Maerz (Trowbridge), 1977-78 Posted 12/02 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Lois Voigt, 1975-77

I've worked in accounting and finance since college, primarily in Christian higher education: NABS, University of Sioux Falls, and since 2002, Vice President of Finance at Messiah College in Pennsylvania (near Harrisburg, Hershey, Philly, and Washington DC). Finished my BA at U of Sioux Falls, MBA at U of Colorado, and PhD at Loyola University of Chicago. Still enjoy visiting with (now) old(er) friends from NABC - guest room available if you're in the area!  posted 01/06/09


Rev. Manfred von Harten, MDiv 1979 Eastern Baptist Seminary

I am not a graduate of Taylor but served on "God's Volunteers" in 1970 when Rev. Edgar Klatt was with us. I am the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Mexico, Indiana. I have fond memories of growing up in Calgary and Edmonton, and prior to that in the Okanagan Valley of B.C.

My first wife, Eileen, was called home to the Lord on May 15th, 2000, ten years after her heart transplant. I married Peggy Bush Long in August 2001. I am presently pastoring the Calvary Baptist Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania. My son, Peter, from my first marriage to Eileen is 17 years old and will be a senior in high school this September (2003). My two step-daughters are: Adrienne Long (first year college), and Allison Long (11th grader).


Garth and Brenda Walker, BAR 1974

Brenda and I are still in Kelowna. We were at Briercrest Seminary from 92-94. I am working in a Christian Counselling Center and part of a team developing a Pastoral renewal/retreat center called Fairhaven Ministries of Canada. We are just in the process of rezoning 170 acres near Vernon, BC. We presently have two bed and breakfast homes operating. Please join us in prayer for this much needed ministry.


Ken and Fay Walker, BAR 1973 (NABC), MDiv 1982 (Edmonton Baptist Seminary)

Ken and Fay Walker, B. Th. 1973 (NABC), MDiv 1982 (Edmonton Baptist Seminary) Ken is in his sixteenth year at New Hope Community Church, St. Albert and in thirt-ninth year of ministry. Wife Fay (nee Shatz) is teaching Junior High French. Ken and Fay greatly enjoy their three grandchildren by their daughter and son - law: Christian (11), Eric (8) and Joelle (6) Kent, our son is a graduate of McGill University, Montreal and a prof at Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee. Daughter Jaylene is busy as a mom and B. Ed. student at Concordia College, Edmonton.


Heidi Weber (Heider Fehr), BAR 1978 (NABC)

My Husband, Jürg Weber, past away on the 30th of April 2013.


Kent Weiss, 1975 – 76, Posted 1015/2002


Bill White, BAR 1977/78


Jonathan Yep, Cert/ATTC 1974-1975

I have lost contact with the alumni for long. I need to be updated on recent developments in the school as I am grooming my son for his Masters there. Do endeavour to keep me posted please. (Posted 10/05)


John Zettl, 1976 - 1977 Posted 11/04


Clyde Zimbelman, BTh 1970

Barb and I have just completed 10 years as missionaries in Nigeria with NAB. We are looking forward to getting back to pastoral ministry. We are temporarily living in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.