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President’s Message Being in the kNOW now! And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11 As your new President, I am humbled by the confidence of the Board of Trustees and the support of faculty and staff to take on the leadership of your seminary at this time in history. Mindful of our foundations and founders, I aim to know well our mandate and mission, and to live it for the service of Christ’s church. I am aware that today’s Christian leaders need key capacities to serve today’s church. They need to know what the Bible says, and they need to know how to apply it to current concerns. Being equipped for ministry means being in the kNOW and being in the NOW. This isn’t always easy. Speaking to a congregation of the resurrection of Jesus puts them in the

ADC Today Editor: Shawna Peverill Contributors: John Campbell, Eveline DeSchiffart, Melody Maxwell, Elizabeth Nichols, Trisha Urquhart


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kNOW. Explaining the significance for their daily lives, and what it means for the contemporary world in words that make sense to them and their friends, puts them in the NOW. Being in the kNOW about the facts of church history can come to life when we understand how previous events shaped who we are today, and what options they offer us NOW. Being in the kNOW about what theologians said about various issues of faith is valuable. Using that historical knowledge to lead a congregation through a challenge NOW is transformative.

By Dr. Anna Robbins, ’93, ‘97

Christ and His church. There is nowhere better to learn to be in the kNOW, in the NOW, to be theologically educated and apply it. In this edition of ADC Today, we invite you to learn more about what Acadia Divinity College is doing and where God is leading. We have a new building, a new President, and new opportunities. Please pray with us that more people will know the power of the Gospel, and how good news impacts their lives today. And let us know how we can help you to serve and lead the church in your community in the kNOW, in the NOW.

Being in the kNOW, in the NOW means addressing a constantly changing reality. Grappling daily with what it means to live in the world exactly as we encounter it is a true adventure, and then reframing our understanding of who we are in the context of the life and love of Jesus Christ. At Acadia Divinity College, our faculty are scholars and leaders in their fields. They sit at the cutting edges of their disciplines, shaping the church’s understanding and practice of evangelism, preaching, and spiritual formation. They aspire to uncover and understand key ideas so that they can prepare Christian leaders to respond to challenges and opportunities in faithful yet flexible ways. Our professors know how to use theological education for the church now. Being part of a public university provides us with a lively setting for our own learning, as we daily negotiate the life of faithful discipleship in a broad and diverse Canadian culture. There is nowhere better to learn how to serve

Dr. Anna Robbins is the President, the Dr. Millard R. Cherry Professor of Theology, Ethics and Culture, and the Director of Andrew D. MacRae Centre for Christian Faith and Culture of Acadia Divinity College. She is also the Dean of Theology of Acadia University.



Anna Robbins ADC Today is proud to introduce Rev. Dr. Anna Robbins, the seventh president of Acadia Divinity College (ADC), and the Dean of Theology of Acadia University. Dr. Melody Maxwell, Associate Professor of Church History, asked Dr. Robbins a few questions about her life and ministry.

How and when did you experience a call to ministry? I think my call came in stages. I knew as a young child that I wanted to serve Christ and that I had gifts for leadership. Those were affirmed by my church family, and they gave me many opportunities to lead. After undergraduate studies and marriage, my husband, Peter, and I were involved so completely in church life that it became a natural progression in some ways. In other ways, my call emerged from a crisis. I was working at the Red Cross in development education, and we led a group of young leaders at a weekend camp. To my surprise, they decided the world would have been better off without humans in it. That was a turning point for me. I realized I needed to be able to engage real world challenges from the perspective of faith if, in fact, my faith was up to it. This was a secular camp. But I knew if Jesus was to make a difference to these kids and the issues that confronted them, then the Bible had to say something about the real world and address its problems with good news. Though I had been given excellent biblical and practical foundations at my church, my questions were bigger. I knew I needed to study theology and find out if my faith could stand the test.

Anna with son, David, and husband, Peter. My husband felt called as well. Our church affirmed our call, though I was told clearly that Peter, not I, would be the minister. Despite having a leadership role at work and multiple leadership roles at church, this was okay with me. I had never experienced anything different. I enrolled in the Master of Religious Education program at Acadia Divinity College rather than the Master of Divinity. My call took clear shape while I was at ADC. In many ways, I was in my element as a theology student. I’d always had a natural academic ability. But I had never studied anything that I was truly passionate about. At ADC, my ability and passion came together for the first time. I just had to come to terms with the call. Like most women studying for ministry at that time, I had to understand biblically how God could call me to leadership. ... continued on page 4 Summer 2019


While speaking at Spring Harvest in England, Dr. Robbins interviewed Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury. The interview is part of the new MacRae Centre podcast ‘Raising the Conversation’ being launched in Fall 2019.

This was not something I undertook lightly. I had gentle encouragement from many faculty members and from the churches where I served. In particular, Dr. Allison Trites taught consistently from the New Testament on this topic. He patiently answered my questions at his open door until I surrendered to God’s sovereignty and said yes to the call. My home church then had to decide whether they would recognize my call or not. They had several meetings about this. I was told that the matter was settled when one deacon said, “Well, I don’t know if God calls women. But we all know that God has called Anna!” And that was that. My call was unanimously affirmed at every stage, including ordination council. That means a great deal to me. I believe that ministry can’t be done as a lone ranger.

Quick Facts Full name: Anna Maureen Robbins Hometown: Saint John, New Brunswick Current town: Wolfville, Nova Scotia Family: Husband Peter and, 10-year old son, David Degrees: BA (Carleton University), MRE (Acadia University), MA (Theology) (Acadia University), PhD (University of Wales) Past jobs: Shoe shiner at Saint John Market Square, International Development Education Officer at Canadian Red Cross Society, Professor at London School of Theology Hidden talent: Cooking Favorite ice cream: Raffaella Gelato from Croatia Best way to spend a snow day: In front of the fire with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate, after playing in the snow with son, David.

How has ADC been influential in your formation? ADC prepared me exceptionally well for ministry in various forms. I grew in practical skills, intellectually, and spiritually. My time as a student laid the foundation for my understanding of the Bible, of theology, and of who I am as a called servant of God. I learned to learn and to keep learning! From Jarold Zeman I learned that we don’t know what’s ahead if we don’t appreciate what’s behind. From Andrew MacRae I learned that intellect and evangelism belong together. From Miriam Ross I learned that mission is a rigourous and demanding gift. From Dennis Veinotte I learned to think theologically and not to fear myself. I could go on and on. 4

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But more than that, my professors taught me to wrestle with God, theology, and my understanding of my place in the world. Best of all, I gained a confidence in Christ that goes beyond my ability to grasp His kingdom. Knowing that I am held by Him helps me let go of my striving and consider the possibilities of mission that exist around us. I am a servant of Christ, not His lawyer. I am a servant of the church, not its saviour. That role is taken. What a relief! I am free to do what God has placed before me.

What are you most excited about in your new role as president of ADC? I am excited by the opportunity to shape theological education for today. It will take discernment to identify and preserve the foundational aspects of our work. We will also need flexibility to identify the changing skills and issues that will equip servants of Christ for His mission.

world as it is now, and as it will become. I know that Jesus is here with us. I pray that we may discern clearly His voice and His footsteps so, that as a college, we move where He leads, in the confidence and power of the Holy Spirit. For more interview responses from Dr. Robbins, visit https://acadiadiv.ca/introducing-president-robbins/

I believe we have the most excellent team and resources to enable ADC to be a seminary for Canada and the global church. Our faculty are smart, resourceful, and in touch with the church and society. They love scholarship and they love the church even more. We are ready!

Where do you hope to lead ADC in the days ahead? We have no idea what the world will look like twenty years from now, but we do know it will be very different. Automation, artificial intelligence, and the stewardship of the planet have wide-ranging implications for the future. For ADC and the church to carry on “as is� is not an option. I hope that in the future we will train people with faithfulness and flexibility, ready to lead amid global change. ADC will continue to be the place to be in the kNOW about Christian life and ministry, not in a vacuum. It will be a place for Christians to understand their faith in the context of the

Besides her role as President and Dean of Theology, Anna is a passionate teacher in the area of Theology, Ethics and Culture.

While teaching a course on reconciliation in the Holy Land in June 2019, Anna was prayed for by pastors from around Atlantic Canada. Summer 2019


A Celebration and Recognition of Service of

Rev. Dr. Harry G. Gardner

On June 21, 2019, more than 230 guests gathered in the Sheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons to celebrate and recognize the service of Rev. Dr. Harry G. Gardner. Stories and songs were shared about his life of ministry that spans nearly 45 years, beginning as a seminary student at Acadia (19751977) and concluding as the sixth President, Acadia Divinity


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College, and Dean of Theology, Acadia University (20082019). At the close of the evening, surrounded by alumni, students, friends, and colleagues, Harry stated, “To my Lord and Saviour, thank you for trusting me with leadership privilege and responsibility. I am grateful, through Him, I have come to know all of you.�

Harry (centre) with the Board of Trustees of Acadia Divinity College, including Rev. Dr. Peter Reid, ’95 & ‘09 (back row, second from right), (Executive Minister of the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada) (CBAC), and President of Acadia University, Dr. Peter Ricketts (front row, far right).

Delighting the audience on June 21 were, from left to right, Rev. Dr. Dan Green, ’97 & ’11 (Senior Minister of First Baptist Amherst, NS), Rev. Dr. Peter Reid, Harry, and Dr. Robert Wilson (Thomas James Armstrong Memorial Senior Professor of Church History, Emeritus, Acadia Divinity College).

In attendance at the special event were some of Harry’s family. Front row, grandsons, Winston and Ethan Davis. Back row, son-in-law, Jonathan Davis, daughter, Rebecca Davis (a current ADC student), Gail, Harry, and son, Adrian Gardner, ‘13. Absent was Adrian’s family; wife, Nicole, son, Elijah, and daughter, Grace.

A special song was written and performed for Harry by ADC faculty and staff members, left to right, Rev. Dr. Danny Zacharias, ’06 & ’07 (Associate Professor of New Testament Studies), Shawna Peverill (Registrar & Manager of Student Services), and Rev. Dr. Matt Walsh, ’05 & ’06 (Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies).

Harry was thrilled to have three of his brothers and their wives at the celebration. From left to right: Zola and Sam (from Billings, Montana), Marlene and Boardman (from Greenfield, NS), Gail and Harry, and Marion and Wilbert (from Great Falls, Montana).

Lifelong friends and former ADC classmates, in the 1970s, Rev. Jerry Horsman, ‘77 (left) and Rev. Jack Allan, ‘78 (right) shared some memories and stories of their good friend, Harry.

Good friends and former colleagues at CBAC, Rev. Malcolm Beckett, ‘79 (forefront) and Rev. Dr. Bruce Fawcett (background), shared memories of Harry. Malcolm is Lead Pastor of Grand Bay Baptist Church, NB, and Bruce is President of Crandall University in Moncton, NB.

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Simpson Lectures – February 2019 The 2019 Gerald K. Simpson Lectures featured Dr. Joel Thiessen, a leading Sociologist of Religion and Professor of Sociology at Ambrose University. Joel leads the Flourishing Congregations research initiative and has authored books and articles that explain what is happening to the Canadian religious landscape during these times of great social change. In addition to the well-attended evening lectures that evoked much discussion each night, both by people in the room and from the large number of people watching online, Joel met with the ADC faculty for a wide-ranging discussion about his research and the state of the Christian Church in Canada. The lectures were engaging, firmly based on research, and they addressed questions that Canadian churches and their leaders need to understand as they seek to communicate the gospel in a changed society. View the lectures at acadiadiv.ca/simpson. In the photo to the right, left to right, are: Dr. Steve McMullin, Dr. Joel Thiessen, and Dr. Harry Gardner.

Scripture Reading Competition – March 2019 In March 2019, in co-operation with the Canadian Bible Society, Acadia Divinity College, once again, hosted an annual competition to focus on the public reading of Scripture. Contestants read two selections chosen by the judges and had to meet criteria including articulation, expression, projection, and poise. The top three finishers, all Master of Divinity students, were Andrew Sutherland (first), Ajay Ramanujam (second) and Andrew Conrad (third). The first-place finisher received an inscribed Bible and monetary prize. In the photo to the left, from left to right, are Andrew Sutherland, Andrew Conrad, Dr. Carol Anne Janzen, the Canadian Bible Society’s Regional Director, Atlantic Region, Ajay Ramanujam, and Dr. John McNally, Director of Mentored Ministry Program and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Acadia Divinity College.


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International Collaboration on Faith and Violence – May 2019 In May 2019, Acadia Divinity College (ADC) and the Taylor Centre for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care hosted top academic researchers from around the globe who study how congregations address and respond to domestic violence. The collaborative meeting was organized by ADC’s Dr. Steve McMullin, who teaches an ADC course called “The Church’s Response to Domestic Violence,” and by the University of New Brunswick’s (UNB) Cathy Holtmann, Director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research. Researchers and graduate students from Acadia and UNB were joined by scholars from New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom. A highlight of the week was the wellattended ADC chapel service with a message given by Baptist pastor Rev. Daphne Marsden from New Zealand. ADC Master of Divinity student Taylor Craig and ADC Bachelor of Theology graduate (and current Ph.D. student and CBAC staff member) Joel Murphy also participated. View videos of the evening sessions at acadiadiv.ca/faith-and-violence

Journey of Discovery in Israel and Palestine – June 2019 Dr. Harry Gardner, Dr. Anna Robbins, and Dr. Glenn Wooden recently led a group of 42 people on a ‘Journey of Discovery in Israel and Palestine.’ This 12-day tour visited many locations found in scripture such as the Sea of Galilee, Caesarea Philippi, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem. The tour also featured two courses allowing students to earn academic credit towards their degree programs. “Israel Study Tour,” taught by Dr. Wooden, introduced the geography of the land and to shed light on events of the Old and New Testaments, while “Theology of Political Reconciliation,” taught by Dr. Anna Robbins, explored the place of social sin, forgiveness, and repentance in political reconciliation, and considered the tension between individual and collective responsibility.

RZIM – July 2019 From July 10-13, Acadia Divinity College hosted the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) 2019 Summit. The four-day summit focused on the topic “All Nature Sings: God and the Natural World.” Speakers included Andy Bannister, Abdu Murray, Logan Gates, Anna Robbins, Margaret Manning Shull, Dr. Terry LeBlanc, and Dr. Danny Zacharias. A special Friday event with Ravi Zacharias was held at Festival Theatre to a sold out audience.

Dr. Anna Robbins with Dr. Ravi Zacharias at the annual RZIM Summit.

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Commissioning & Convocation 1

This spring, Acadia Divinity College honoured its graduates during the 58th Annual Commissioning Service on May 10 and during Acadia University’s Convocation on May 12. Graduates include: Doctor of Ministry: Devanand Bhagwan (graduated in Fall 2018), Terry Burns, Joey Chan, Alen Mao, Artōras Rulinskas (graduated in Fall 2018), Danny Smith, and Walid Zailaa. Master of Arts: Toni El-Haddad, David Hawkesworth, Liz John-West, Leon Teal, and Michael Waddell. Master of Divinity: Elisabeth Crosby, Susan DeMont, Jonathan DesRoches, Christopher Diotte, Paul Finnemore, Jeff Milne, Allan Myra, Joel Okyere, and Kevin Richardson. Bachelor of Theology: Nigel Butterfield, Jackson Dunn, Allison Ernst, Erin Fraser, Emily Goodwin, Julianna Hisey, Chelsea-Dawn Holmes, Scott McKnight, Elizabeth Nichols, Alexander Pattison, and Jonathan Steeves. Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies: Remi Winder. Certificate in Christian Studies: James MacLellan. Certificate in Ministerial Studies: Royce Getson.

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1 On May 10, 2019, the greater Acadia Divinity College (ADC) community gathered for the 58th annual Commissioning Service held at Wolfville Baptist Church. 2

At the Commissioning Supper on May 10, Master of Divinity graduand, Paul Finnemore (left) was presented with the President’s Award by Dr. Harry Gardner. 3

Master of Divinity graduand, Christopher Diotte, received the Student Service Award from Dr. Matt Walsh during the Commissioning Supper. Chris was the President of the Acadia Divinity College Students’ Association. 4

During the Commissioning Service, Acadia Divinity College conferred the distinction of Professor Emeritus onto Dr. Robert S. Wilson, in recognition of his exemplary service and dedication to Acadia. 7


Remi Winder received the Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies during Commissioning. 6

Preparing for the Commissioning Service are, left to right, Dr. Anna Robbins, Dr. Peter Ricketts, Acadia University’s 16th President and Vice-Chancellor, and Dr. Harry Gardner. 7

Rev. Dr. Harry Gardner was the special speaker at the 58th annual Commissioning Service. 8

Master of Divinity graduand, Paul Finnemore, with his family during the Commissioning Service.

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The 58th annual Commissioning Service was held on May 10 at Wolfville Baptist Church. 10 Alen Mao (left), who received his Doctor of Ministry degree on May 12, is

seen here with the Director of the Doctoral Studies, Dr. Stuart Blythe. Dr. Blythe is also the John Gladstone Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship at ADC.


11 Bachelor of Theology graduand, Jackson Dunn (third from right), with his

girlfriend and family, including his mother, Gail Whalen-Dunn (second from right), an ADC alumna. 12 Allison Ernst received her Bachelor of Theology degree during Acadia

University’s Convocation ceremony on May 12. Allison was the recipient of the Bronze Medal in Theology. 13

On May 12, Elisabeth Crosby (left) and Susan DeMont received their Master of Divinity degrees. 14

On May 12, Dr. Nancy Nason-Clark (centre) received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Acadia University. Dr. Nason-Clark is a scholar, author and speaker. She founded the RAVE Project at the University of New Brunswick as a means of providing support to families of faith that have been shattered by domestic violence. Nancy is seen here with Dr. Steve McMullin (left), Academic Dean, ADC, and Dr. Harry Gardner, President, ADC (right). 15 On May 12, Erin Fraser (third from right) graduated with her Bachelor of Theology (BTh). She is seen her with her parents and family members, including her uncle Allister Johnson (far right), who graduated last year with a BTh.

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On May 12, 2019, ADC Faculty and Graduates gather in front of Manning Memorial Chapel after the University Convocation Ceremony. 17 On May 12, David Hawkesworth graduated with his Master of Arts (Theology) degree. 18 Acadia Doctor of Ministry graduates from left to right: Devanand Bhagwan, Danny Smith, and Alen Mao. 19 On May 12, Joel Okyere graduated with his Master of Divinity degree. Joel


received an enormous surprise the week before graduation when classmates and friends helped to bring his mother, Charity, from Ghana to Wolfville to see her son graduate. They had not seen each other in almost four years. 20 Acadia Bachelor of Theology graduates: Front row left to right: Jackson Dunn, Allison Ernst, and Erin Fraser; Second row left to right: Elizabeth Nichols and ChelseaDawn Holmes; and Third row left to right: Nigel Butterfield, Emily Goodwin, Jonathan Steeves and Alexander Pattison. 21

Acadia Master of Divinity graduates: Front row left to right: Susan DeMont and Elisabeth Crosby; Second row left to right: Joel Okyere, Jonathan DesRoches and Kevin Richardson; and Third row left to right: Allan Myra, Christopher Diotte, and Jeff Milne.

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Now, more than ever... Five-year fundraising campaign raises $5.35 million in gifts and pledges! On March 31, 2019, Acadia Divinity College completed its five-year fundraising campaign, securing more than $5.35 million towards four strategic priorities that support theological education. Launched in August 2014, 230 individuals, 169 alumni, 105 churches, 8 foundations, and 4 corporations gave gifts and pledges to these priorities. Sufficient funds were raised to launch the College’s third academic centre, the Andrew D. MacRae Centre for Christian Faith and Culture, in February 2016, and to begin the renewal of the College building in May 2018. Fundraising for the renewal of the College building will continue until the new target of $2.85 million is raised. With the monies raised thus far, the funds still needed for the revitalization of the College building are in the order of $1.74 million.

Summary of Giving

Significant gifts were added to each strategic priority between August 2014 and March 2019. 1. Refurbish the College building on Acadia’s campus The College received a gift of $250,000 from Dr. Granville H. Nickerson for the renewal of the College building, leading to the naming of the Sarah Daley Nickerson Chapel, in memory of his daughter. 2. Ensure quality instruction through increasing endowments for key academic chairs The W. Garfield Weston Foundation’s gift of $1 million, plus the $250,000 gift from the Atlantic Baptist Foundation, resulted in the College’s first fully endowed Academic Chair, the John Gladstone Chair of Preaching and Worship. The endowment for the Sheldon and Marjorie Fountain Chair of Evangelism and Mission also was augmented with a gift of $200,000 from the late Marjorie E. Fountain. 3. Support students through increasing scholarships and bursaries Estate gifts were added to Scholarships and Bursaries, including $792,000 from Ruth E. Eldridge of Digby County, Nova Scotia, and $297,000 from Josephine McLellan Nickerson. Recently, David and Faye Huestis established endowments for four new scholarships, each yielding between $6,000 and $7,500 per year. 4. Secure an endowment for the new Andrew D. MacRae Centre for Christian Faith and Culture An anonymous donor gave an inaugural gift of $150,000 towards this new academic centre. Acadia Divinity College is grateful to those who freely shared and generously gave to help prepare the College for another generation of service. This remarkable support will enable the College to continue to play a significant role in the preparation of men and women for leadership in our churches and various ministry settings. For more information on Now, more than ever, please visit acadiadiv.ca/now

Strategic Priority 1

The College Building


Key Academic Chairs

Total Gifts and Pledges August 2014 to March 2019 $1,112,670

Abner J. Langley and Harold L. Mitton Chair of Church Leadership


Sheldon and Marjorie Fountain Chair of Evangelism and Mission


Thomas B. McDormand, Charles J. Taylor, and Dennis M. Veinotte Chair of Pastoral Care and Counselling John Gladstone Chair of Preaching and Worship 3

Scholarships and Bursaries


Andrew D. MacRae Centre for Christian Faith and Culture

$81,920 $1,601,220 $2,066,274 $272,297 $5,356,060

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ADC Boardroom Named in Honour of the Reverend Dr. John and Carol Bartol On Monday, May 27, 2019, Dr. Harry Gardner, President of Acadia Divinity College and Dean of Theology of Acadia University, officiated a Service of Naming and Dedication for The Reverend Dr. John and Carol Bartol Boardroom. The event was held in the renewed College building boardroom and lobby, with 120 guests in attendance, including the Bartols’ four children. Other distinguished attendees were Dr. Peter J. Ricketts, Acadia’s 16th President and Vice-Chancellor, and Libby Burnham (Acadia ’60), past Acadia University Chancellor. Before the official Act of Dedication, Dr. Gardner reflected on John and Carol and their commitment as “followers of Christ, lovers of His Church, and obedient servants to the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.” Dr. Gardner stated, “I can think of no couple who better represents the character of what will be needed in those who serve and who will make decisions in this place.” A reception followed in the Garden Room of the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre where their son, Dr. Stephen Bartol, spoke of his parents, expanding upon the golden rule example set by them to do unto others more than they would have others do unto them. The boardroom was named following a generous gift made by Stephen and his wife, Judy, to establish an operating endowment to support the College. John and Carol Bartol have a long-standing connection to Acadia University as alumni of the class of 1952. John returned to his alma mater, serving as an original member of the Board of Trustees when the College was established in 1968. In 1990, John was welcomed back to receive an Acadia Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa). John has had a significant impact on the lives of many alumni of Acadia Divinity College, mentoring numerous Christian leaders before, during, and after their ordination. Carol has influenced many in the Atlantic Baptist community, serving with her husband in local church ministry as well as on the Executive of the Atlantic Baptist Women (formerly United Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union). Her leadership and heart for missions have impacted communities throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

ADC Boardroom Named in Honour of Rev. Dr. John and Carol Bartol. Pictured seated (l-r) John Bartol and Carol Bartol. Pictured in the back row (l-r) Judy Bartol and her husband, Dr. Stephen Bartol. Reflecting on the contributions of the Bartols, Dr. Gardner read a selection from the Foreword of John’s 1997 book, To Mark from Uncle Barnabas: Letters of Encouragement to Pastors and Church Leaders. The writer of the Foreword, the late Rev. Dr. Andrew D. MacRae, the 4th Principal of Acadia Divinity College, said, “Part of the secret of the Bartols’ ministry has been the absence of self-promotion, and the willing adoption of the role of servant, so well learned from the One they have gladly served.” The reception program ended with John expressing his deep gratitude to his family and his fondness for Acadia, declaring, “I believe Acadia Divinity College to be the best seminary in Canada!” Visit https://acadiadiv.ca/bartol-boardroom to view a photo album of the event and the dedication ceremony program.

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The College Building Re-Dedicated and Renewed for another 50 years See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43:19a On Friday, June 21, 2019, Dr. Harry Gardner, President of Acadia Divinity College and the Dean of Theology of Acadia University, officiated at the Ceremony of Re-Dedication for the College building. Due to heavy rainfall, 175 guests gathered at Wheelock Dining Hall. Dr. Gardner said, “While we desired to be on the lawn of the College facility, we are grateful to Acadia University for making this space available within sight of the College building.” At the outset it was recognized that the College is rooted within the soil and soul Cutting of the Ribbon. Pictured (l-r) James Stanley, Acadia University Governor and of Acadia University and the Canadian Acadia Divinity College Trustee, Dr. Harry Gardner, President, Dr. Malcolm Card, Baptists of Atlantic Canada, and that it Acadia Divinity College Board Vice-Chair, and Dr. Anna Robbins, Vice-President. stands on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kma’ki. The cutting of building exterior was deteriorating and to the mission of the College and the the ribbon and the presentation of the needed significant restoration to keep it University, and has an important role to ceremonial key included noteworthy structurally sound. The projected budget play in ensuring that a high standard of contributors of this project, the was $1.5 million for a new envelope theological education will continue to be contractor, BD Stevens Ltd., and the including new windows. The fundraising available at Acadia, in Atlantic Canada, architect, Sheila Keating. Dr. Gardner campaign began the following year. to students from nearby and around the stated, “This ribbon is cut as a symbol of world.” the opening of a new day that God has Then, in November 2017, architect given to us. The ceremonial key is accepted Visit https://acadiadiv.ca/re-dedication and construction reports showed that as a sacred trust on behalf of the faculty, interior upgrades were also required to to view a photo album and video of the staff, and students of Acadia Divinity meet more stringent fire and life safety event and the re-dedication ceremony College.” codes, enhance accessibility for persons program. with physical disabilities, and improve Dr. Malcolm Card, Board of Trustees Renewal of the College Building interior air quality. This expanded scope Vice-Chair, expressed appreciation to increased the cost of the project to $2.3 everyone who worked together towards Acadia Divinity College has seen million. The renovations began on this shared vision, “Thank you for joining the evidence of God’s faithfulness May 1, 2018. us in this vital project. Your offerings throughout its history. of time, effort, and tithes are gratefully accepted and will be remembered for generations. This building is central 16 ADC Today

Two engineering reports completed in 2013 had determined that the

Through the demolition process, more deficiencies were identified, requiring additional work to ensure compliance

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with the current building code. On January 31, 2019, the Board of Trustees authorized this work with a revised final budget of $2.85 million. With the monies raised thus far, the funds still needed for the revitalization of the College building is in the order of $1.74 million.

Presentation of the Ceremonial Key. Pictured (l-r) Luke Eliot, General Manager, BD Stevens Ltd., Dr. Harry Gardner, President, Sheila Keating, Architect, Kathy Watt, Acadia Divinity College Board Chair, Dr. Malcolm Card, Acadia Divinity College Board Vice-Chair, and Mark Stevens, Stevens Family Foundation.

The renovated College building will provide an excellent learning environment for many generations. Please pray for Acadia Divinity College as we face the challenge to raise the needed funds and keep the mission of equipping Christian leaders at the forefront.

The Gardner Party

Members of the College’s faculty, staff, students, and alumni participated in the ceremony. Pictured (l-r) Andrew Sutherland, student, Trish Purdy, student, Christopher Diotte, alumnus, Dr. Steve McMullin, Academic Dean, Dr. Anna Robbins, VicePresident, Dr. Harry Gardner, President, Dr. H. Daniel Zacharias, Associate Professor of New Testament, Shawna Peverill, Registrar and Manager of Student Services, Dr. Matthew Walsh, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies. All participants are alumni or students of Acadia University.

Team members of BD Stevens Ltd. and construction support from Acadia University were present to witness the Re-dedication of the College building. Pictured (l-r) Luke Eliot, General Manager, BD Stevens Ltd., Chris Callbeck, Vice-President Finance and Administration and CFO, Acadia University, Dr. Harry Gardner, President, Acadia Divinity College, Marcel Falkenham, Executive Director of Facilities, Acadia University, Matt McIntyre, Site Superintendent, BD Stevens Ltd., and Steve Giffin, Project Manager, BD Stevens Ltd.

Following the Re-Dedication Ceremony, Acadia University hosted “The Gardner Party” in recognition of Dr. Gardner’s service. Pictured (l-r): Dr. Harry Gardner, Dean of Theology, Dr. Peter Ricketts, President and ViceChancellor, John Rogers, Q.C., Chair of the Board of Governors.

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ADC announces new Director for the Acadia Centre for Baptist and Anabaptist Studies (ACBAS) Treasurer of the Baptist History and Heritage Society.

Acadia Divinity College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Melody Maxwell, Associate Professor of Church History, as the new Director of the Acadia Centre for Baptist and Anabaptist Studies (ACBAS), effective May 2, 2019. ACBAS was established in April 1991 by Acadia Divinity College, in partnership with the Vaughan Memorial Library of Acadia University, to encourage and facilitate studies in the fields of Baptist and Anabaptist history and thought. The Centre hosts lectures for students, faculty, and members of the local community, including the George Rawlyk Memorial Lecture scheduled for March 31, 2020. Dr. Maxwell brings a wealth of expertise to this role. Prior to joining Acadia in August 2018, she was the Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at Howard Payne University (2013-2018), the Director of the Great Commission Center at East Texas

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Having earned a PhD in Baptist and Anabaptist Studies from the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague, Dr. Maxwell is actively engaged in research and producing scholarly publications. Her specific interests are in the areas of Baptist history, religion and gender, global Baptists, world Christianity, Baptist missions, and women in ministry. Baptist University (2012-2013), and an Adjunct Professor at Samford University (2011-2012). Her passion for Baptist history extends beyond the classroom to her involvement in the wider Baptist family, having served as President of the Fellowship of Baptist Historians and on the boards of the North American Baptist Fellowship, and Texas Baptist Women in Ministry. Currently, she is a member of the Heritage and Identity Commission and the Mission Commission with the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), and

Dr. Maxwell is the fourth Director of the Centre, following the service of Dr. Jarold Zeman (1991-1996), Dr. Miriam Ross (1996-2006), and Dr. William Brackney (2009-2018). Please join the President and Board of Trustees in welcoming Dr. Maxwell to this new role.

Dr. Robert S. Wilson conferred Professor Emeritus At the 58th Annual Commissioning Service on May 10, 2019, Acadia Divinity College conferred the distinction of Professor Emeritus onto Dr. Robert S. Wilson, in recognition of his exemplary service and dedication to Acadia. This honorary award was recommended to the Board of Trustees by President Harry Gardner and the Faculty of the College. Beginning in 1991, Dr. Wilson has served as Professor of Church History and occupied many other roles at the College including Director of the Master of Arts (Theology) Program, Director of Continuing Education, Academic Dean, and in 2007, Interim President. Dr. Wilson retired in 2018 as the Thomas James Armstrong Memorial Senior Professor of Church History. Prior

to joining the faculty of Acadia Divinity College, Dr. Wilson was the Dean of Arts and Professor of History at Crandall University (1971-1991). In addition to his academic and teaching career, Dr. Wilson has served as President of Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada (1998-1999), on the Atlantic Baptist Historical Committee, chair of the Board of Publication, and on the denominational council. He participated in the life of local churches as deacon and Sunday school teacher and served as interim pastor in ten churches. For over fifty years, he preached and lectured on a variety of historical, devotional, and practical ministry topics. In 1999, Dr. Wilson received the Leadership Award from Atlantic Baptist University (now

Crandall University), and in 2006 he was honoured by his alma mater, United Baptist Bible Training School (now Crandall University), with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Rev. Dr. Stephen McMullin promoted to Full Professor On May 2, 2019, Acadia Divinity College Board of Trustees and President Harry Gardner announced the promotion of Rev. Dr. Stephen McMullin to the rank of Full Professor effective July 1, 2019. Following nearly three decades of local church ministry, Dr. McMullin joined Acadia Divinity College in September 2010 as the Director of ADC New Brunswick and Lecturer in Evangelism and Mission. In 2012, he was appointed Associate Professor. Since July 1, 2014, he has occupied the Sheldon and Marjorie Fountain Chair of Evangelism and Mission, and in 2016 was granted tenure and began serving as Academic Dean. Throughout his academic career, Dr. McMullin has written articles for scholarly and popular journals alike and has presented numerous papers at academic conferences. His research has focused on evangelism, church

renewal, faith and technology. Dr. McMullin has made significant contributions in the area of the church’s response to domestic violence. In partnership with researchers at the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research at the University of New Brunswick, Dr. McMullin seeks to develop effective ways for churches and religious leaders to work with resources in their communities to provide compassionate and practical help for victims of domestic violence. With other researchers, including Dr. Nancy Nason-Clark (the 2019 recipient of the Acadia Doctor of Divinity honoris causa), Dr. McMullin has helped build The RAVE Project, an invaluable resource for those who have experienced domestic violence. Dr. McMullin has a heart for the local church. In addition to serving churches

between 1980 and 2007, he has been a member of the Council of the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada and a speaker at numerous conferences. He continues to be involved in outreach ministry at RiverCross Church in Saint John, NB. His experience and understanding are assets to Acadia students and the wider Christian community. Summer 2019



by the Board of Trustees of Acadia Divinity College

Thursday, September 5, 2019 The Installation of Rev. Dr. Anna M. Robbins 7th President of Acadia Divinity College, Dean of Theology of Acadia University

Time: 7:00 pm Location: Festival Theatre, Acadia University After-party following the service

RSVP by August 29, 2019


Indigenous Theology

as Original Instructions and Critique of the Western Christian Worldview Rev. Randy Woodley, PhD

October 21-23, 2019, 7:00 pm

Distinguished Professor of Faith and Culture Portland Seminary, George Fox University

David Huestis Innovation Pavilion Acadia University, or live online

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Preaching and Worship: Once more with Feeling! Exploring what it means to ‘stir up suitable affections’ for Church and World

Rev. Dr. Doug Gay

Acadia Divinity College

February 10-12, 2020

Principal of Trinity College, Glasgow Sheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons Lecturer in Practical Theology Acadia University, or live online


TOUR 2019

What does it take to be a successful leader in ministry today? We want to hear from you. Join Dr. Anna Robbins in locations across Atlantic Canada and add your voice as we consider the future of Theological Education at your seminary.



All ADC Retreat The annual All ADC Retreat is the kick off to a new academic year. Everyone is welcome to join us for a day of worship, learning, reflection and meditation as we draw closer to the Lord together. Retreat Speaker: Rev. Dr. Lennett J. Anderson, CD, Senior Pastor of EBC: The MEETing Place, Upper Hammonds Plains, NS. Topic: Ministry at the Margins Location: New Minas Baptist Church, New Minas, NS

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News A L U M N I

1977 - Harry Gardner retired after

serving for over 11 years as President of Acadia Divinity College and Dean of Theology at Acadia University. On June 21, a Celebration and Recognition of Service for Harry took place at Acadia. In May 2019, Harry received a 2019 Leadership Award from Crandall University in Moncton, NB.

1985 and 1992 - Jeffrey Hosick

has returned to school as a part-time student with Capella University and is working toward a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

1994 - Jamie MacArthur has completed his ministry at Eastern Passage Baptist Church, NS. 1999 - Jodie LeBouthillier has accepted a call to serve as Senior Pastor of Lower Coverdale Baptist Church, NB. 2003 - Stephen Cogswell has completed his ministry as Campus Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Stratford Campus, PE. 2005 - Jonathan London has

completed his ministry at Port Hawkesbury Baptist Church, NS.

2012 - Patty Beals has completed her ministry at Lawrencetown Baptist Church, NS.

2006 and 2007 - Danny Zacharias

2012 - Heather Mitton and her husband, Josh, welcomed a daughter, Gwen Margaret, on March 21, 2019.

has had a book published, Biblical Greek Made Simple: All the Basics in One Semester. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press (2018).

middle in above photo) has retired from his position of Staff Chaplain, Services at QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, NS.

has completed her ministry at Berwick Baptist Church and has accepted a call to the rank of Captain into the Canadian Armed Forces as a Chaplain.

book entitled, Countercultural Worship: A Plea to Evangelicals in a Secular Age. Macon, Georgia: Smyth & Helwys Publishing (2016). ministry at Edith Avenue Baptist Church, Saint John, NB.

1990 - Bill McLeod has retired from his ministry at Nictaux and Torbrook Baptist Churches, NS.

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2014 - Greg Sparkes has completed his ministry at Highfield Baptist Church, Moncton, NB. 2016 and 2018 - Kayla Colford

1987 - Mark McKim has published a

1989 - Grant Alcorn has completed his

2011 - John McNally has contributed a chapter to a book entitled, Good News Church: Celebrating the Legacy of Harold Percy. The book was nominated for 2019 Word Awards Shortlist in two categories for honouring the best of Canadian Christian Writing from 2018 and won the award for the best book in the apologetics/evangelism category.

2006 - Darryl Dykens has completed

his ministry at Cambridge Baptist Church, NS.

1985 and 1998 - Gary Myatt (seen in

2011 - Louise Knowles has completed her ministry as Associate Pastor of Timberlea Baptist Church, NS and has accepted a role as Coordinator, Youth Engagement & SENT Programs with Canadian Baptist Ministries.

2008 - Chad Bolton and Amanda

Henderson-Bolton (2009 and 2011) welcomed their first child, Grayson Allister James (seen above), on January 22, 2019.

2010 - Michael Fredericks has resigned from Perth-Andover, NB and has accepted a call to Immanuel Baptist Church, Truro, NS.

2017 - Dorin Seicaru has accepted a call to serve as Associate Pastor for Internationals at Highfield Baptist Church, Moncton, NB. 2018 - John Ernst and Allison Ernst (2019) welcomed their first child, Jesse Arthur, on March 14, 2019.

2016 and 2019 - Christopher Diotte

and Samantha Diotte (2017) welcomed their first child, Charis Lena, on June 26, 2019.

2019 - Jeff Milne has completed his ministry as Associate Pastor at Centreville Baptist Church, NS and has accepted a call to Nictaux Baptist Church, NS.

Current Students Matthew Thomas has completed his ministry as Campus Pastor of New Beginnings Ministries, Dartmouth North Campus, NS.

ADC Remembers 1977 - Rev. Dr. Randy Legassie passed away suddenly on June 1, 2019. Randy was a faithful and devoted pastor to the Baptist congregations in Hall’s Harbour,

Inglewood, Lower Granville, Canning, Deep Brook-Clementsport and the Churches by the Sea (Hampton, Port Lorne, St. Croix Cove and Wilmot Mountain). He impacted both students at Acadia Divinity College as well as the Africa Brotherhood Church (Kenya). Randy leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Elizabeth (1976), and their children and grandchildren.

2007 - Rev. Sterling Gosman passed away suddenly on June 13, 2019. After retiring from 33 years with the CBC, Sterling felt the call into ministry. He and his wife, Ann, moved to the

Annapolis Valley in order for Sterling to attend Acadia Divinity College. In 2007, he graduated with his Bachelor of Theology and accepted a call to serve as Minister of Visitation and Care in New Minas Baptist Church where he served until his death. One of Sterling’s favorite Proverbs was Proverbs 22:1, “A good reputation and respect are worth much more than silver and gold.” Jennifer Levy passed away peacefully on June 20, 2019 after a short, but intense, period of illness. She cared deeply for her family and the youth who she served over the years. Jennifer was the Executive Director at Kingswood Camp for three years, and also served for 10 years as the Associate Pastor of Christian Education and Outreach at Falmouth Baptist Church, NS. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Jonathan.

We want to hear from you! If you are part of the alumni of Acadia Divinity College and would like to update us on your news, please email Trisha Urquhart at trisha.urquhart@acadiau.ca

Save the Date! Saturday, November 2, 2019 CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF KAIROS MARATHONS:

Celebrate. Rejoice. Grow. 1969-2019

Location: Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, More information available from co-hosts: concilioprisonministry.org/50-years/ and taylor.acadiadiv.ca Summer 2019





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