E P Wahl Centre Dedication Service


ABOVE: Dr. Terry Fossen welcomes guests to the E P Wahl Centre Dedication Service, June 11, 2010, Taylor Chapel.
(Photo: Tim Willson)

We invite you to listen to this audio presentation of the E P Wahl Centre Dedication Service. 140 friends and supporters of Taylor, including many former students, joined us to pay tribute to the godly example of Dr. E.P. Wahl, who founded CTI in 1940 (now known as Taylor College and Seminary).

 (To listen, click on the arrow at the left of the player control bar below.)



Also, please check out the 2010-11 Wahl Centre Schedule that was made public at the Dedication Service, and plan to join us for these great continuing education opportunities.

Order of Service

Musical Prelude
Mrs. Verda Schalm

Dr. Terry Fossen

Call to Worship
Dr. Claire Bankole, Fusion International

Prayer of Invocation
Prof. Len Thompson, Urban Sanctuary

Worship in Song:
Dr. Jim Leverette, Alberta Baptist Association (NAB)               

Hymn: Immortal, Invisible
accompaniment: Ms. Dorothy Batke

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish—but naught changeth Thee.

Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
All praise we would render—O help us to see
'Tis only the splendour of light hideth Thee!

Celebrating the Life of Dr. E P Wahl
a Taylor Presentation, Mr. Tim Willson

Dr. Terry Fossen, with Rev. Rubin Herrmann, Dr. Willy Muller, Prof. Ed Link and Rev. Peter Schroeder

Musical Interlude
Dr. Herman and Mrs. Ardath Effa

Introduction of Taylor President
Dr. Joost Pikkert, Taylor Seminary

Dedication Address
Dr. David Williams
 “E.P. Wahl: Remembering for the Sake of the Future”

Prayer of Dedication - Taylor Trustees
   Mr. Barry Kossowan
   Dr. Ken McDonald
   Ms. Carol McCaslin
   Mr. Grant Sardachuk

Taylor Alumni Representative

Ms. Emma Willson

Worship in Song:
Dr. Jim Leverette              

Hymn: Living for Jesus
accompaniment: Ms. Dorothy Batke

Living for Jesus, a life that is true,
Striving to please Him in all that I do;
Yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free,
This is the pathway of blessing for me.

O Jesus, Lord and Savior, I give myself to Thee,
For Thou, in Thine atonement, didst give Thyself for me.
I own no other Master, my heart shall be Thy throne.
My life I give, henceforth to live, O Christ, for Thee alone.

Living for Jesus Who died in my place,
Bearing on Calvary my sin and disgrace;
Such love constrains me to answer His call,
Follow His leading and give Him my all.


Living for Jesus, wherever I am,
Doing each duty in His holy Name;
Willing to suffer affliction and loss,
Deeming each trial a part of my cross.


Living for Jesus through earth’s little while,
My dearest treasure, the light of His smile;
Seeking the lost ones He died to redeem,
Bringing the weary to find rest in Him.

Bishop Jane Alexander

Mrs. Verda Schalm

Participants in this Dedication Service in Order of Appearance
Mrs. Verda Schalm is a long-time member of the Taylor community and a former faculty member.
Dr. Terry Fossen is Taylor’s Vice-President and is an Associate Director of the E P Wahl Centre. (Alumnus)
Dr. Claire Bankole is a member of Fusion International and is heading up Fusion’s training in the Americas.
Prof. Len Thompson is Director of the Urban Sanctuary, and an Adjunct Faculty member at Taylor Seminary.
Dr. Jim Leverette is the Associate Regional Minister of the ABA, and a past Academic Vice-President of Taylor Seminary. (Alumnus)
Ms. Dorothy Batke is an accomplished musician and piano instructor, and a former student of Mrs. Schalm.
Mr. Tim Willson is the Director of Communications and Marketing for Taylor College and Seminary.
Dr. Herman and Mrs. Ardath Effa have been life partners in pastoral ministry, missions and denominational leadership. (Alumni)
Dr. Joost Pikkert is Academic Dean of Taylor Seminary.
Dr. David Williams is President of Taylor College and Seminary, and Director of the E P Wahl Centre.
Ms. Emma Willson was a member of the inaugural Taylor Children’s Community Choir, and is a piano student.
Mr. Barry Kossowan is Chair of the Taylor Board of Trustees, and a local businessman.
Ms. Carol McCaslin is a member of the Taylor Board of Trustees; she lives in Calgary.
Dr. Ken McDonald is a member of the Taylor Board of Trustees, and Pastor of Terwilliger Community Church. (Alumnus)
Mr. Grant Sardachuk is a member of the Taylor Board of Trustees, and a real estate developer.
The Rt. Rev. Jane Alexander is Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton.

NT 416 New Testament Introduction

Taylor Seminary is pleased to announce that a modular course (NT 416) will be offered in Kelowna over three weekends in the Fall 2010 semester for graduate credit (undergraduate credit available: see below). This initiative, which seeks to meet the needs of mature students, is the result of a cooperative effort involving Taylor Seminary, Carey Theological College and Trinity Baptist Church. Interested students are encouraged to apply early, or to contact Taylor to explore this opportunity further, and we encourage you to watch for other modular courses that may be offered in locations in BC and Alberta in the future.

NT 416 New Testament Introduction (3 credits)
This course will provide an overview of the 27 books that make up the New Testament.  It will introduce the student to the historical and cultural background of the New Testament and examine every book in it from the Gospel of Matthew to the Book of Revelation.  We will explore how each book came to be written, survey its contents, and discuss the major theological themes that appear in it. We will also look at the various methods that have been used in the study of the New Testament and the diverse views held by those who engage in such study.
This course is cross-listed as NT 103 New Testament Literature for those desiring undergraduate credit (transferable to Okanagan College and the University of British Columbia–Okanagan Campus).

Professor: Dr. Syd Page
Location: Trinity Baptist Church, Kelowna, B.C.
Dates: Sept 17-18, Oct 22-23 and Nov 26-27, 2010
(Classes will run on Fridays 6:30–9:30 PM and on Saturdays 8:30 AM–4:30 PM)

Kelowna Contact: Candace Geisbrecht (cgiesbrecht@trinitybaptist.net)
Taylor Seminary Contact: Craig Weston (craig.weston@taylor-edu.ca) or 780-431-5208


Taylor's E P Wahl Centre was the subject of an article in THE MESSENGER, a newsletter serving the the Anglican Dioceses of Edmonton and Athabasca. Written by Edmonton editor Margaret Marschall, the May 2010 article explores the way this partnership has evolved and discusses some of the ways Anglicans have become involved at the Wahl Centre over the past year.

The article also describes the cooperative attitude that characterizes the Wahl Centre, which intentionally seeks working relationships with like-minded ministries to serve the educational needs of the Church. Associate Director Dr. Myron Penner, a former Prairie Bible Institute professor who is now an Anglican Associate Priest, says that the Wahl Centre serves as a network of educational resources serving the mission of God. He adds that the partnering of different denominations is itself "an act of mission." Edmonton Bishop Jane Alexander expresses her support for the relationship, asking, "Why do alone what we can better do together?"

You can find the article on Page 4 of THE MESSENGER, which is posted online here.

Taylor and Carey to Become Extension Sites for Each Other

One implication is that a DMin will now be available at Taylor Seminary

The trustees of Taylor College and Seminary and of Carey Theological School (Vancouver) voted at their respective meetings in the Spring of 2010 to take the next step in an evolving cooperative relationship.

The biggest change is that each seminary will begin to serve as an extension site of the other – meaning that students will be able to take Taylor courses at the Carey site, and will be able to take Carey courses at Taylor.

The move will help the two institutions share resources (notably faculty). It also means that students can now study at Taylor towards a DMin. (The DMin, or Doctor of Ministry, is a necessary degree for many senior ministry positions in various denominations.)

There are other resources that will be able to be shared, including technology.

This decision is part of a larger strategy to move theological education closer to where students are serving in ministry; this “contextualized education” puts learning and serving together, making each more effective.

Students interested in joining a DMin cohort should contact Taylor to learn more about this significant opportunity. Call Enrolment Services at 780-431-5215.

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