God's Volunteers/New Day Cruise -- Updated Information available
Former members of the God's Volunteers and New Day ministry teams -- as well as any interested friends and fans of great music! -- are encouraged to be part of the upcoming GVND Cruise!
This event will take place in February 2018, departing from Los Angeles and visiting several scenic ports in Mexico. Along the way, guests will enjoy spectacular sights, wonderful fellowship and memorable music. Among the special guests will be Ron Rogalski ('80), who will be the music director for this cruise.
If you ever served on a musical team from Taylor, you are especially urged to join us. And if you like to sing or listen to Christian vocal music, you will not want to miss this opportunity to spend time with people with whom you have a common bond. We urge you to spread the word to people you know because we want everyone to feel welcome. If you ever served on a musical team from Taylor, you are especially urged to join us. And if you like to sing or listen to Christian vocal music, you will not want to miss this opportunity to spend time with people with whom you have a common bond. We urge you to spread the word to people you know because we want everyone to feel welcome. What a great opportunity to ReCall, ReConnect, and ReNew! See you onboard!
Taken from the Bridge, Spring/Summer 2017
We note with sadness and hope the passing of a number of alumni and former Taylor employees.We note with sadness and hope the passing of a number of alumni and former Taylor employees.
January 3 – Ida Dorn (nee Heinrichs) ('56), who was living in Kelowna at the time of her death.
January 6 – Myrtle Ertis, a former student (CTI) and employee who served as a bookkeeper for a time.
February 2 – Bertha Janzen ('42) passed away in Medicine Hat at the age of 90. She met her husband Eldon Lowell Janzen while both were students at CTI; after a call to ministry, they attended our sister seminary in Rochester and Sioux Falls, then served at churches in Valleyview, AB, Fenwood, SK, Arnprior, ON, and the Chicago and New York areas.
March 5 – Rev. Ken Walker ('73, '82), longtime pastor and church planter in the Edmonton area. Active in his community with the Legion and the Chamber of Commerce, he was also the founding pastor of New Hope Community Church. Among the tributes at his funeral was a video message from friend and NHL superstar Jerome Iginla.
March 12 – Hulda Ziemer ('56), was 86 when she passed away. She lived in Vernon BC for much of her life and was a longtime employee of Okanagan Telephones, and a longtime faithful member of and volunteer at Faith Baptist Church.
March 22 – Estella Reich passed away peacefully at home in Edmonton. A former CTI student, she also served as hospitality coordinator at NABC for a number of years.
April 11 – Rev. Fred Merke, age 87. Fred first heard a call to ministry at the 1958 Triennial, organized by E.P. Wahl. A CTI alumnus and a long-serving NAB pastor, he was married to Hildegard for 62 years.
April 20 – Rev. Ed Hohn, well-known in NAB circles as a pastor and BC Regional Minister, attended CTI and Sioux Falls Seminary in preparation for a lifetime of ministry. He and his wife Manetta (married for 58 years) served at churches in Saskatoon, Surrey and Kelowna. Ed was remembered as a prayer warrior, a wonderful mentor and a serious game player (Rook!).
April 22 – Jake Lang, known by many for his service as our campus administrator during the NABC era, passed away in Kelowna. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ruth, and their children. Jake was remembered as a hard worker who loved people and had a servant's heart.
April 24 – Carrie Stober (’46) (nee Reich) of Medicine Hat passed away at age 90. Carrie was a founding member of Temple Baptist Church.
May 25 – Dr. Kevin Quast, former Academic Vice-President of Taylor University College, passed away at the age of 59 in Edmonton. Kevin was remembered as a gifted scholar and pastor, and as someone who was significantly influential in the lives of many who now serve in ministry. He is survived by his wife Sandra and their children, Kira and Graham.
Jan 19 – a son born to Aaron Au ('14) and his wife April. He shall be called Ethan Jeremiah.
Jan 25 – a son, Timothy, born to Paul Norton ('17) and his wife, Eunice Fu.
Feb 16 – a daughter, Hanna Kato, born to Becky Kato ('09, nee Lengefeld) and her husband Elijah.
April 16 – a son named David, born on Easter weekend to Taylor Seminary student Derrick Lee and his wife, Renee.
May 18 – a daughter named Tori was born to Chantelle (2007-09) and Jeff Behrens, a sister for Lizzie.
Congratulations to Dr. Brent Dunbar ('05), who earned his DMin from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in May.
Congratulations to Dr. Jacky Lau, who earned his PhD from William Carey International University in Pasadena, CA in May. Taylor Seminary has been a big part of Jacky's journey.
Pastor Bernard Cheung ('08) retired in January from Bethel Korean Baptist Church, where he has served in ministry for a decade.
Congratulations to Pastor Matt Garvin ('15) and his family, who are returning to Australia after accepting a call to serve as Senior Pastor at Citywide Baptist Church in Hobart, Tasmania. Matt has been serving at St. Albert Alliance, and has been a friend and colleague of Taylor President Dr. David Williams in training and teaching with Fusion Canada.
Congratulations to Pastor Josh Munan ('94), who has accepted a call from Parkland Baptist Church in Spruce Grove; he had been serving at Carbon Community Church.
Congratulations to Pastor Nick Thiessen ('12), who has accepted the position of senior pastor at Zion Community Baptist Church in Edmonton. Nick has been serving in an associate role at Zion for a number of years.
Daniel Read ('04) writes to say that he and his wife are living in Tennessee and have two sons, Liam and Ronan. The couple met at Taylor when it was NABC.
Kari Didow ('91, nee Olsen) writes to share the joy of farming outside of New Norway. After her studies at Taylor (NABC), she earned a diploma in Child and Youth Care, got married, and worked in group homes until she and Chad took up farming.
Dr. Lou Sawchenko wrote to offer some kind compliments about the December 2016 edition of The Bridge and included an update on life since his time (8 years) teaching at NABC/DS and serving in churches in this area. He taught at various institutions, most recently at Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary's University in Halifax. He wrote: “So now after hanging up my power points and assorted other academically related paraphernalia, even more travel consumes our lives... so much to see, so little time.”
Congratulations to Academic Dean Dr. Ralph Korner (’82) on the publication of his PhD thesis, The Origin and Meaning of Ekklēsia in the Early Jesus Movement (Brill, 2017). In the foreword, leading New Testament scholar Dr. Paul Trebilco called Dr. Korner's work comprehensive, “a very careful piece of scholarship, which is well-argued, carefully constructed, and very thorough. It is characterised by an encyclopaedic knowledge of the ancient sources relating to the use of ekklēsia, by careful argumentation and judicious weighing of the evidence, an exhaustive knowledge of past and present debates about the topics covered and by lucid presentation. Dr. Korner has advanced the discussion significantly and has given us a foundational work for all future discussions of this important and influential term.”
Taken from the Bridge, Fall 2016
We fondly remember former Taylor Professor Edward Link, who passed away October 22, 2016. His 28-year legacy at CTI/NABC includes leading many tours across North America with the Choristers, the traveling choir that ministered and promoted the college, and teaching subjects including church history and missions. He stepped down in 1980, and began serving as an interim minister at a succession of local churches over the next dozen years. He wrote and published a biography of his close friend and mentor Dr. E.P. Wahl (founder of CTI) titled You Who Have Dreams, and spent his retirement as successor to Dr. Wahl as chaplain at Salem Manor Nursing Home in Leduc. Edward was married for 67 years to Violet, who survives him along with three children, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
We note with sorrow the passing of Brian Stelck (’84), alumni and long-serving trustee (1994-2013) who was also President of Carey Theological College for many years. Brian was a champion of theological education, especially in western Canada and in Kenya, where he frequently traveled to teach.
Gord Stork ('81) passed suddenly in Winnipeg this fall. Gord was the regional minister for the Northern Plains Region serving churches in Manitoba, Montana, North and South Dakota. He attended Taylor from 1980-81, and went on to graduate from Sioux Falls Seminary.
One of Taylor’s earliest students passed away this spring; Eleanor Stark (’42) of Camrose was 95. After attending CTI, Eleanor went on to become a nurse, and served on the mission field in India for over 20 years.
Ben Breitkreuz (’58), originally from Onoway, AB, passed away in New Orleans in August. After attending CTI and the U of A, he earned his doctorate from Hebrew Union College in Ohio, and was a faculty member at Sioux Falls Seminary for a time.
Anita Henkel (’56) of Calgary passed away suddenly in early December following a fall. She had many connections to Taylor, having attended CTI for two years. (Her sisters Manetta Hohn and Ellen Breitkreuz, and daughter Marlene Baerg are also alum.) She served in ministry with her first husband, Manfred Taubensee, serving NAB churches in Winnipeg, Lethbridge, Port Coquitlam, and Creston, as well as at Green Bay Bible Camp in West Kelowna. Ten years ago, following Manfred’s death, she married Rudy Henkel.
Joshuah Clayton (’09) and his wife Ashlea are celebrating the birth of their son, Patrick, born on September 13th.
Allan (’14) and Kathy Fiebich celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in August with the birth of their daughter, Norah.
Michael and Rachel Swanberg (nee Weisenberger) (both ‘06) welcomed a son, Peter Emanuel, born on Dec. 6th.
Congratulations to two recent students who have just become newlyweds:
Rachel de Waal (’16) married Sonny Green this October in Calgary. The couple live in BC.
Philip Chow (’11) married Regina Wu in Hong Kong in early December. Since earning his MDiv at Taylor Seminary, Philip has been serving in pastoral ministry in Hong Kong.
After serving 14 years at Hope Mission as a chaplain in Edmonton, Randell Loewen (’02) and family (wife Kimberly and children William, Daniel and Abigail) have headed north to Yellowknife to pastor at Calvary Community Church (CBWC).
Rev. William ('93) and Sharon ('93) Leung recently moved back to Toronto after serving 15 years as the General Secretary of Alliance Global Serve, a cross-cultural mission organization in Hong Kong.
Gwen Bouchard (nee Stover) ('82) writes: “After living in various places in Canada and Europe, we have finally returned to live in Alberta after 28 years away!”
Just months after graduating with his MDiv from Taylor, Mark Dixon (’16) has accepted the call to become the new pastor at West Meadows Baptist Church, Edmonton, AB.
Andrew Eising (’08) and his wife Grace celebrated their second (Canadian) wedding in August in Abbotsford. The couple were married earlier in the year in Korea. After serving with Operation Mobilization’s Mercy Ships for a number of years, Andrew is now studying at the Graduate School of International Studies at Korea University.
Ken Au (’96) has stepped down from pastoral ministry at Edmonton Community Christian Church (where he was also one of the founding members). He retired in February, and received his DMin in April of 2016.
Jeff (’96) and Sonya Kilmartin have announced plans to join the NAB missionary team in Cameroon. They have been pastoring for twenty years, currently at Wiesenthal Baptist Church (Millet, AB). Their main work will be at Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary in Ndu, but they will also be working with the Fulbe people in West Africa.
Brent Dunbar (’05) recently accepted the call to pastoral ministry at Snowdon Baptist Church in Montreal. Originally from Edmonton, Brent had been serving as senior pastor at Renfrew Baptist Church in Calgary, AB. He and his family (wife April, and children Silas, Autumn and Ezra) are excited to "dig in" serving God in a new province and with the multi-ethnic congregation of Snowdon. Brent is also currently finishing his DMin at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, with a focus on Biblical Theology.
Taken from the Bridge, Spring 2016
We note with sorrow the passing of Annette vanEnns (’94), who served as a church planter with Northern Canada Evangelical Mission. Her husband Arlyn vanEnns (’94) wrote: “I don’t know of any lady who put on more miles for the Gospel’s sake by bush-plane, small boat, snowmobile and ice road!”
Taylor student Rev. Alexander Frimpong who was president of the TSSA (students' association) was forced to cut his studies short and return to Africa when his 14-year old son became seriously ill. Alexander Jr. passed away of cancer in early April, and Alexander wrote: “We thank Him for the opportunity to parent our son till he died and we are grateful for the opportunity. Hope to be with the Taylor family soon.”
Mrs. Ruth Bienert (nee Peter) ('48), passed away in Portland, OR on May 12, 2015.
Lawrence Zink ('54) passed away on January 21, 2016. He attended Whiteshell Baptist Church in Seven Sisters, MB.
Rev. John Wollenberg, father of Mark ('80) and Tim ('77), passed away on January 5, 2016. He pastored a number of NAB churches and was known by many for his service as President of the North American Baptist Pastors Fellowship and as President of the North American Baptist Seminary Alumni.
Pastor Stephanie Fehr ('12) (nee Leverette) and her husband Scott have welcomed Margot Waverley Fehr, born early on the morning of February 15. Stephanie is on leave from her position as Pastor of Worship Arts at Greenfield Community Church.
Naomi Daryl Joy Pedde joined big sister, Lydia and her parents Ryan ('02) and Jessica Pedde on January 7, 2016.
Congratulations to Sheralyn McNalley ('08) (nee Grenier) and her husband Ty on the birth of Lennox Colleen Jane McNalley, born December 13, 2015.
Pastor Norm Bleick ('10) has been installed as the new pastor of Hillview Baptist Church in Edmonton. He had been pastoring at Parkland Baptist Church in Stony Plain for over five years.
Noel Dwarika ('15) and his wife Melanie have been called to serve as pastor at Delia Christian Fellowship (E-Free) in Delia, AB. Noel has served in various pastoral roles for 11 years.
Myron Krause (’98) has accepted a call to serve in a pastoral role with the with Evangelical Free Church of Lethbridge, leaving his recent role as a prison chaplain. Myron will lead a community engagement initiative that seeks to help members live missionally.
Congratulations to Dr. Joelene Huber (’95) who has earned a diploma in broadcast journalism from the prestigious Monk School of Global Affairs in Toronto. Dr. Huber is a pediatrician who has become popular as a media commentator on health issues. She shared her happy news using the hashtags #LastDegreeOfMyLife and #IsaidThat5DegreesAgo.
Taken from the Bridge, Fall 2015
Pastor Dave Henkelman ('82) passed away in November after medical complications. (He was a heart transplant recipient in 2003.) Widely known and respected as a pastor and denominational leader, Dave had a special gift for relationships and will be greatly missed. Dave was an NABC student when he met his wife Heidi and later earned his MDiv.
Dr. John Binder (’49) passed away in November in Florida. After graduating from CTI, John went on to pastor in Morris, MB before moving to Chicago in 1960 to serve at the International Office of the North American Baptist Conference. He served the NAB for 34 years, including 15 as the Executive Director (1979-1994). For the full story of Dr. Binder's unique ties with Taylor, read his Alumni Profile in the Fall 2015 issue of the Bridge (online under Resources > The Bridge - Archive)
Pastor Nick Thiessen ('12) and his wife Amy have welcomed a second daughter into their family. Adaline Ingrid Ann was born on June 24th in Edmonton.
Lauren (Wright) Carleton ('06) and her husband Kevin have welcomed their second child, Parker Scott. He was born on April 30th, a little brother for Alexa.
Doralynne Manu (nee Block) ('94) and her husband Eric welcomed their firstborn: Nana-Arthur Ajare Amissah Manu, born on March 18, 2015. The first name that he received upon birth was Kweku, meaning Wednesday-born. His full name is Nana (a traditional Ghanaian name meaning chief), Arthur (named after Dorrie's dad), Ajare (named after Eric's uncle from whom he inherited the chiefdom of his tribe), and Amissah (the family name of tribal lineage).
James (’09) and Chelsea (’06) Ohlmann welcomed Kent Daniel into their home on September 8th – a little earlier than expected, but he is growing quickly and doing well.
Tim (’03) and Lindsay (’00) Batke (nee Gust) have welcomed son Luke into their family.
Tamara (’96) and Kendall (’98) Priebe (nee Batke) had a baby girl, and they named her Selah. That made Tristan a big brother.
Just months after graduating with his MDiv from Taylor Seminary, Pastor Keith Boschman (’15) has accepted the role of Outreach and Evangelism Pastor at First Baptist Church in Vancouver, BC. Keith and his wife Lisa and their five kids move to the Lower Mainland from Peace River, AB, where Keith had been serving as lead pastor at First Baptist Church.
50 Years since Graduation!
Eberhard Hees ('65) recently celebrated the 50th Anniversary of his graduation from the Theological Department of Christian Training Institute (the forerunner of Taylor Seminary). With the help of their wives, fellow alumni Rev. Siegfried Hoppe (’65) and Werner Waitkus (’64) helped Eberhard and Evelyn celebrate. Werner writes: “Eberhard is the only surviving member of that class of five after the homegoing of Gerhard Poschwatta. For one afternoon we rehearsed stories of Papa Felberg and his boys.”
Taken from the Bridge, Spring 2015
Barbara Sonnenberg (nee Herrmann), who was a student in the first year of this institution's existence in 1940, passed away on June 12, 2015. Born in 1921, she became a student in the fall of 1940. Her family includes numerous alumni of Taylor.
Elizabeth Wolff (nee Gerhardt, '58) passed away Dec. 4, 2014 at the age of 78. Liz attended Central Baptist Church in Edmonton.
Ron Fierbach ('65) passed away in Kelowna, BC on Feb. 22, 2014.
Rev. Gerhard Poschwatta ('65) of Kelowna, BC passed away on Dec. 6, 2014.
Albert Gogel ('52) of Kelowna, BC passed away on December 28, 2014.
Emma Tjongarero ('15) and Seth Antwi of South Africa were married soon after Emma's graduation from Taylor in May.
Nick Thiessen (’12) and his wife Amy welcomed their second daughter, Adaline Ingrid Ann, born on June 24.
Peter Downing (‘13) and his wife Isabelle had their second son Gavin, born on June 4, 2015. A big brother for Keagan! Pete announced the birth on his Facebook page: “The eagle has landed. Welcome to the world Gavin Leo Downing! We love you. Thank you Jesus!”
From Ms. Peggy Meisch ('66-'68):
“The fact that I am typing this is the result of a miracle! An aneurysm burst in my brain stem. After 5 weeks in a coma, in which I also suffered 5 strokes and two severe staph infections, I am back home, working part time for two non-profit organizations over the computer. I am married, and live in North Branch, MN.”
Dr. Willy Muller (’46), who turned 90 in early July, is about to retire. A long-serving faculty member, Dr. Muller has been associated with Taylor for most of our 75 year history; he arrived as a teenager from Saskatchewan in 1942.
Taken from the Bridge, Fall 2014
Helen Siewert, wife of former president Dr. Paul Siewert, has passed away. The Siewerts, married for 59 years, have been living in Prior Lake, Minnesota in recent years following a lifetime of ministry that included pastoral work in Leduc and Vancouver, Minot, ND and Rochester, MN. Paul Siewert served as president of Taylor (NABC) from 1988-1997. The obituary for Helen included the following tribute: “Helen never ceased, even when racked by the cruelty of illness, to always retain her wonderful smile, gracious attitude and evidence of her faith in the providence of God.”
Thabea “Tabby” Walters (Edmonton, AB) passed away on July 30, 2014 at the age of 87. Tabby worked in the Taylor library for a number of years and was quite involved in the Alumni Association. She also has a scholarship named after her.
Judy Atherton, who served in the Taylor library for a number of years, passed away in November 2014 after a battle with cancer. She left Taylor in May 2009, and in her farewell email to colleagues at that time Judy wrote, “I have had the pleasure of working with and getting to know some of the finest people. I have learned a lot from all of you and will carry what you have taught me throughout my work life and I have fond memories of being part of this team.”
Nathan Gitzel, who provided IT services to Taylor in recent years and became a close colleague without being an employee, passed away July 20, 2014.
Larry Krause (Calgary, AB) passed away July 15, 2014. His three children were Taylor alumni: Myron ('98), Jason ('89), and Sonja Guderjan ('92).
Claudia Mueller of Edmonton passed away suddenly in November at the age of 88. Along with her husband, Richard, Claudia was often at Taylor for luncheon meetings of the Jubilee’rs; she was also significantly involved in White Cross through Central Baptist Church. The family requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Taylor Seminary in Claudia's memory.
Rev. Klaus Hildebrandt (Bothwell, ON), passed away on March 25, 2014. He served as a member of the Taylor Board of Trustees from 1979-1985.
Two friends of Taylor, both from Wiesenthal Baptist Church, passed away this summer. Betty Blade died on June 2, and Darlene Dreger died on July 27. “Darlene’s love, commitment and support of NAB White Cross was very evident.” (Note included with memorial donations to White Cross in her honor.)
Joshua Clayton and his wife Ashley welcomed Andrew James Clayton on August 21, a little brother for 2-year old Katheryn Grace.
Congratulations to Chantelle (2007-09) and Jeff Behrends on the birth of their daughter Elizabeth May on August 22.
Congratulations to Joel and Megan Tolhurst on the birth of their son James in the spring.
Jesse (’04, ’09) and Diana (nee Lohse, ‘01) Fox have been blessed with a new son, Jonathan Andrew, born November 19 – a little brother for Sam.
Two of our recent Taylor Seminary grads are newlyweds. Juliana (nee Bienert, ‘10) and Greg Christensen were married on August 9th.
Becky (nee Lengefeld, ‘09) and Eyira Kato were married in Japan on April 26, 2015. The couple continue to serve in ministry in Japan, though Becky’s term as a missionary to Japan has ended.
Rob Merrifield (’73) has left his position as a Member of Parliament to become a key trade representative for the Alberta government in Washington, D.C. In November 2014, Maclean’s Magazine ranked Merrifield as #32 on its list of the most important people in Canada. Rob was named one of Taylor’s Distinguished Alumni in 2003.
Taylor has hired a new Academic Dean, and added capacity in the Wahl Centre by hiring a new Director. Dr. Ralph Korner ('82), an alumnus of the school and former Campus Pastor for Taylor University College, is filling this dual role, and will also hold the rank of Associate Professor of Biblical Studies (he will teach courses from time to time). Ralph replaces Dr. Eric Ohlmann, who has been serving as Academic Dean on an interim basis in recent years.
Taken from the Bridge, Spring 2014
Elfrieda Krinke passed away March 19, 2014 in Edmonton. Elfriede was not an alumna of Taylor, but was a longtime supporter of the school. For years, she and her husband Alfred maintained some of the gardening and landscaping on campus as volunteers, and the couple were key White Cross volunteers.
Lydia Hufnagel (nee Albrecht, ’51) passed away Nov. 30, 2013 in Kinuso, AB. Her daughter, Charlene Braucht (‘90 ) is an alum of NABC.
Elfriede Radke (nee Heine) passed away Feb. 13, 2014. Her two sons, Rudi (’71) and Herb (’94) are alumni of Taylor.
Rev. John H. von Harten (’65) passed away in Greensboro, NC, on April 29th, 2014, at the age of 91. After graduation from CTI, John pastored in St. Catharines, ON and a number of churches in New York State. His son, Rev. Manfred von Harten of Allentown, PA writes that his dad “was an avid reader, enjoyed vegetable gardening, recycling, and entertaining people with tunes from his Hohner accordian. He had an incredible memory and could recite poetry and tell stories at the drop of a hat.”
Congratulations to Erin Fredlund (nee Gaffney,'98) and her husband Bruce, who welcomed Caius Zander Vincent Fredlund into the world September 25, 2013. At 10 lbs 4oz and 21.5 inches he welcomed the world ready to walk! Erin writes, “He is a great addition to our growing family of Warner and Holden, who are great big brothers!”
Taylor student Junior Figueiredo and his wife Jenise welcomed their second baby recently, a sister for Alana. Emma Louise Figueiredo was born April 22 in Edmonton, measuring 56 cm and 3.5 kg.
Two Taylor alum, Stephanie Fehr (nee Leverette, ‘06, ‘12) and Scott Fehr (’06) were married October 12, 2013. Stephanie is Pastor of Worship Arts & Discipleship at Greenfield Baptist Church.
Congratulations to Dr. Ralph Korner (’82), who successfully defended his PhD thesis in January. Ralph earned his degree from McMaster University; his area of research was early Christianity and early Judaism, and included a significant focus on the term ekklesia. Ralph was the first researcher ever to catalogue all known appearances of the term ekklesia in ancient inscriptions, creating a database of over 2,000 instances of its use.
Parry Stelter (’13) has just published A Word of Hope for My Aboriginal People. The book, which grew out of his MDiv studies, explores some of the questions around what it means to be Aboriginal and Christian. Dr. Allan Effa, who encouraged Parry to write the book, calls it “a sympathetic, yet biblically-grounded perspective on how to faithfully live out the Christian faith in ways that are authentic to Aboriginal cultures.”
Renee Wasylyk (nee Merrifield, alum of both NABC ’95 and EBS ‘97) has been named to the Women’s Economic Council by the premier of BC.