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Spring 2012 Fall 2010

Generations of Faithfulness “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts” (Psalms 145:4). For over sixty-six years, God has blessed Kingswood University with the privilege of equipping servant leaders for the Church, many of whom are a result of generations of faithfulness. The Harold and Eunice Tatton family is one example of several who have seen generations graduating from the University to serve Christ throughout the world. At age fifteen, Jan Tatton Guptill’s heritage changed direction when her parents gave their hearts to the Lord. As they grew in their faith, Harold and Eunice Tatton became convinced that Bible training was essential in preparing believers to share the Gospel. Consequently, when help was needed to move the formerly named Bethany Bible College from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, to Sussex, New Brunswick, Jan’s father stepped forward to assist. In the winter of 1963, he, along with Bud French, Frank Locke, and Joe McDowell (all from Grand Manan) stayed in a shed converted to a temporary camp and built Stairs Hall and Ingersoll House, the first two buildings of the Sussex campus.

At that time, Harold Tatton would have never guessed how his commitment to build a Bible college campus would create a legacy of faithfulness in his family, but God blessed his faithful service by sending several generations to the University. Family members prepared to be ministers, missionaries, teachers, and Christian workers. Beginning with his son, Doug Tatton (’76), Harold’s legacy of alumni includes four grandchildren: Rod Guptill (’81), Jay Guptill (’85), Kaley Tatton (’06), Angela Ingalls (’82), and three great grandchildren: Heather (Guptill ’06) Vitaris, A.J. Guptill (’05), and Gregory Daggett (’09). This year, the Tatton legacy continues with Jay’s sons – Joel, Luke, Nic – and Rod’s son, David, attending Kingswood. Other alumni families also have children and grandchildren who are enrolled in the University. This year over twenty young people are either second or third generation students. They, too, are creating a legacy of faithful service to the Lord. We honour our Father by equipping these spiritual leaders to tell the “next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, His power, and the wonders He has done” (Psalm 78:1).

2nd & 3rd Generation Students

Dr. Mark Gorveatte, President

Sandra Moon to Head Institutional Advancement We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs. Sandra Moon as Executive Director of Institutional Advancement. “Kingswood University has incredible opportunities to serve the Church and impact the world,” said President Gorveatte. “Sandra Moon’s role is vital to achieving our maximum potential. I’m grateful for her vibrant faith and the professional experience that she’s bringing to our team.” Moon, an experienced financial services executive, established her own State Farm insurance agency in Ontario while still in her 20s. Subsequently, she was promoted to management and served on the Canadian Senior Leadership team as an Agency Field Executive in Ontario and, most recently, in New Brunswick. Additionally, Moon, an active leader in community work, was President of the Board of Directors for Laurentian Hills Christian School in Ontario and led them through a successful capital campaign. Currently, she is President of Rothesay – Kings Rotary Club and uses her love for studying the Word of God by serving as a Bible study leader at Kings Valley Wesleyan Church in Quispamsis, New Brunswick. “Today’s world desperately needs our grads,” said Sandra Moon. “I want to see Kingswood University and her students thrive in the mission of developing servant leaders for global impact. I look forward to helping others invest in the lives of our students and, at the same time, further God’s Kingdom.”

Creating A Legacy Through Scholarships Each spring eighty+ donors give over $36,000 in scholarships to honour loved ones. By investing in the next generation of Church leaders, they create a lasting legacy of serving Christ and His Kingdom. Trustee Emeritus Rev. Hazen Ricker (’56) and his late wife Norma Lee (Logan, *HS ’55, **FS ‘78) began years ago to sponsor scholarships in honour of his father Ivan Ricker (age 98) and in memory of their parents Elaine Ricker and Bruce & Mary Logan. “They loved the Lord and the school,” said Ricker. “What better way to honour them than to give a scholarship in their name.” As the father of alumni Graydon Ricker (**FS ’75), Greg Ricker (’79), and Darlene (Ricker, ‘82) Perreault, and the grandfather of current students Ashlee Nickerson and Michelle Ricker, Rev. Ricker said, “The school is very dear to my heart.” He wants his own legacy to include assisting God-called men and women in their preparation for a life of Christian ministry. “Scholarships help students to focus on their mission…All the little gifts do help.” *HS = High School

**FS = Former Student

“To know that people, whom I have never met, believe, care about, and persistently pray for me is so encouraging!” Holly Walker, 2nd year B.A. in Christian Education

“To receive a scholarship is an honour. To hear the story behind the scholarship, and understand Rev. Ricker’s heart is a privilege.”

“Receiving the scholarship given by a family that I love so dearly was a great blessing!” McKendra Deveau, 2nd year B.A. in Christian Education

Lindsey Hudak 2nd year B.A. in Religion

2011 Donor Report

Tribute Gifts

In 2011 God blessed Kingswood University with more than 1,500 supporters who generously provided over one million dollars. We deeply appreciate our alumni and friends who faithfully pray and willingly invest in our mission of equipping servant Christ-like leaders for Global impact. Thank you for your partnership!

September – December 2011

Giving Range

# of Donors

Total given

$5,000 and up



$1,000 - $4,999



$500 - $999


$ 53,395

$250 - 499


$ 27,518

$100 - $249


$ 45,384

$1 - 99 Total


$ 30,721



In Memory of Given by Helen Contos Dean & Elizabeth Edgett Joan Cook Malcolm & Marcia MacCallum Winifred Gass Robert & Marti Trafton Norma Griffin Weldon & Jean Ingalls Lloyd Hayes Tony & Debbie Benson Mary Bridgeo Theda Lively Dean & Elizabeth Edgett Wayne & Cheryl Ingalls Lillian Saunders Terry MacInnis Malcolm & Marcia MacCallum Ruby Wilbur Malcolm & Marcia MacCallum In Honour of Claude & Jan Guptill

Given by Nathan & Karen Bass

Wednesdays to Become the PULSE Starting next fall, Kingswood University will hold classes four days a week. Every Wednesday will be a Day of Ministry and Spiritual Formation. “We call this day PULSE,” explains Dr. David Smith, Vice President for Academic Affairs. One Wednesday a month focuses upon the head as guest speakers address cutting edge issues in ministry. The second Wednesday emphasizes the heart as spiritual disciplines are practiced corporately. The third Wednesday highlights using hands in service to the community, and the fourth is a campus wide celebration of the Sabbath, teaching our students that we are known first and foremost by our relationship to the Father. PULSE is part of curriculum revisions designed to further emphasize academic excellence, ministry effectiveness, and holy character in equipping spiritual leaders for the Church.

New Ministry Degree Fits Unique Life Call of Students To meet the growing need for innovative degree planning, Kingswood University has revised her curriculum to form the Bachelor of Arts in Ministry degree. This degree replaces the B.A. in Religion and the B.A. in Christian Education degrees. The option for a traditional focus on Youth Ministry, Church Planting, Christian Counseling, Global Ministry, etc. remains available. The Ministry degree enables students to design a program that fits their “unique life-calling” within the parameters of the required 120 semester hours in General Education, Bible/Theology, and Practical Ministry. For example, if one is passionate about Social Justice and Youth Ministry, then courses can be chosen to provide preparation for that career. Students have the flexibility to take courses specifically fitted to their calling. The academic quality of Kingswood University is recognized throughout North America. Through one educational agreement with the University of Maine at Presque Isle, graduates potentially may earn two Bachelor degrees (the B.A. in Christian School Education from Kingswood and the B.S. in Teacher Education from UMPI) in 5½ years and apply for Maine teacher certification, which is recognized by forty+ states and at least two provinces. Asbury Theological Seminary also gives qualified Kingswood graduates advanced credit towards earning their Masters of Divinity degree. Additional educational partnerships with several schools reflect the academic excellence demonstrated by Kingswood. As God calls individuals to minister to a constantly changing world, Kingswood University will continue to provide quality curriculum for equipping these Christlike leaders.

Internship Focus For many students, Kingswood’s six-month internship program is the climax of their studies as they are mentored in a full range of ministry experiences related to their studies. Last semester, Axel Kazadi, served as an intern minister at House Covenant Church, a hiphop church reaching people of all backgrounds in Chicago, Illinois. Axel, who has recorded several of his own rap songs, had the opportunity to evangelize through music on Chicago’s West side. “People are used to having the church group on their street,” said Axel, “but they don’t like it when evangelism interrupts their drug business.” Axel was afraid, but God helped him to publicly share about God’s love as he passed out Bibles to those on the streets. “This experience challenged me to be courageous, not to be fearful. The Gospel has the power to penetrate the hearts of people.”

Dr. Janet Starks Named Associate Vice President Dr. David Smith, Vice President for Academic Affairs, is pleased to announce that Janet (Marples ‘82) Starks, D.Min., has been named Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Registrar. In her new role, Dr. Starks will continue to give direction and leadership as Registrar, maintaining academic records, evaluating transcripts, and ensuring the University’s compliance to provincial and *ABHE academic standards. As Associate VP for Academic Affairs, she will give additional leadership to and assistance with the University’s transition into online education, graduate studies, and multi-site locations. “There is no greater joy than to watch someone grow in their personal and professional development,” said Dr. Smith. “Dr. Janet Starks has modeled that here at Kingswood University since joining the staff in 2000.” *The Association for Biblical Higher Education

Kingswood Tours

The Magnificent Maritimes September 23 - October 1, 2012 View the pure beauty of the Maritimes Catch the Vision of Kingswood University

26 Western Street PO Box 5125 Sussex, New Brunswick E4E 5L2

BLAZE Newsl etter Phonathon 2012 March 26 & 27 April 2 & 3 Goal: 1,000 gifts to raise $90,000 A Tradition of Giving

“We have always been interested in education…Whether they serve overseas or in the local church, we want to help others fulfill their call to ministry by our giving.” Terry and Sharon Hurd, Phonathon donors since 1995 Parents of Jason (’93), Jonathon (’00), & Julie (McDowell ’01) Inspiring Generations:

“Just as they have invested in my life, getting to know donors over the phone, and taking the time to pray for them, has been a great opportunity for me to also invest in their lives.” Lauren Ingersoll, 3rd year B.A. Christian Education “When we talk to donors, we get to see the body of Christ in a larger picture. There are people praying for us everyday. They don’t know us, yet they want us to succeed. That’s encouraging.” David Phillips, 4th year Bachelor of Theology

Over the last twenty years, approximately $1,500,000 has been raised through the annual Phonathon! Help us continue the tradition by giving to Phonathon 2012.

Ablaze Newsletter  

Spring 2012 newsletter from Kingswood University

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