Alumni news Dear friends in Christ, It is wonderful to hear where the Lord has led so many of you in your ministry and life after studying at Wycliffe. For many of us Wycliffe was a treasured time of intensive study and formation. My prayer is that we would continue to encourage one another in the Holy Spirit as we labour together for the gospel in our vocations, families, and neighbourhoods. Let’s connect online, support one another, and pray for the new class of Wycliffe students that will begin studies this fall. Under the mercy, The Rev. Jonathan Turtle (MDiv, 2012)
From the 1950s
The Rev. Earl C. Gerber (W ’53) while officially retired (in June 1994) is still active in St. Andrew Anglican Church in Alliston, ON. He preaches once a month and leads a weekly adult Bible class. As a Wycliffe student, he spent the summer of 1950 in a three-point rural parish in south Simcoe. The following summer, he was in charge of a two-point maritime parish in Nova Scotia. Following graduation and ordination to the diaconate, he and his wife would minister in Kamloops, BC (1 year), Nunavik (6 years), Muskoka (12 years), Richmond Hill (11 years), and Mississauga (10 years). Since retiring, he has done three interims. “With infinite sadness and sharp grief, I parted company with my beloved wife Betsie a little over two years ago,” he writes. “We had ministered together for nearly 63 years.”
FROM THE 1970s
The Rev. Canon Terry McNear (W ’71) is presently doing a part-time Interim at St. James the Apostle, Wallaceburg. He moved back to SW Ontario (from NW Ontario) in March 2016 to be able to keep an eye on his mother. She will be 97 in September. Prior to this the McNears were spending winters in their Airstream trailer, often in Arizona. They are very well and enjoy playing cards, going to the theatre, and texting their children, who live in Kenora, Caledonia, and Sioux Lookout, ON, and in Indonesia. They are hoping to run an Alpha course with their parish and would be
Tom Corston - School of Ministry delighted if it has the same results as at St. John’s in Kingston. At the age of 78, Terry walked Hadrian’s Wall with his eldest granddaughter. The McNears are heavily engaged in supporting the building and ongoing support of an orphanage and school in Uganda. The Rt. Rev. Thomas A. Corston: (W ’75 & ’11) Bishop Tom’s wife comments that he can’t spell “no” so he continues actively in his retirement! A major accomplishment has been his oversight of the Diocese of Moosonee’s School of Ministry, which graduated 24 local parish leaders in January. Of the graduates, ten have discerned a call to ordination. A special process has been planned to assess the candidates as the Diocese moves forward on the exciting project. With the impending retirement of both the Archbishop Johnson (who acts as Bishop of Moosonee) as well as the Diocesan Administrator, Tom has agreed to assist the new Metropolitan to the end of 2019. Added to that ministry, Tom continues as Interim Rector of Sudbury’s Church of the Epiphany. The Bishop of Algoma has asked him to remain in that ministry until the end of 2019 and serve as Mentor to The Rev. Sarah Armstong (W ’17), who has been appointed as half-time
Curate beginning this September. Following a year with Bishop Tom, she will assume the role as full-time Rector. Rather than wait until “full” retirement, Tom and Ruth plan to travel throughout Britain this summer.
FROM THE 1980s
Chris Barrigar, W ’88, W ’89: In 2017, Chris’ book Freedom All the Way Up: God and the Meaning of Life in a Scientific Age was released (available on Amazon). Chris did a book tour, speaking on campuses across North America, from UBC to MIT. In March 2018, Chris walked the Camino de Compostela in Spain with his wife, Fiona, and son, Devadas.
FROM THE 1990s
The Ven. Keith Osborne (W ’91) and his wife Vivian have retired, she from nursing and he from being Rector of Pennfield for 18 years. They now live in Saint John, and he has been appointed Director of Senior Ministry for the Archdeaconry. This involves giving pastoral care to Anglicans in nursing homes as well as training a team of lay people to do the same. The Bishop has also appointed Keith as Archdeacon for a three-year term. Maj. Rev. Steven M. Cameron (W ’94) graduated with a DMin in Biblical Preaching from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, on May 20, 2018. His thesis was entitled “Seeing Salvation: The Effectiveness of Preaching on the Sacramental Life in a Salvation Army Context.” He is a Major in The Salvation Army, stationed at Kitchener Community Church.
Tom and Ruth Corston
Sandra Copland Dufour (W ’96) has been ministering in downtown Hamilton for 18 years. She has two small congregations in Hamilton’s north end. Her outreach min-
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