Dr. David G. Barker Named Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies

After more than 40 years of teaching and mentoring students at both the college and seminary level, Dr. David G. Barker has been recently recognized by the faculty and President’s Cabinet of Heritage College & Seminary with the honorary title of Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies.

“It is an honour to be recognized by one’s peers in this way,” says Dr. Barker.

Though he continues to teach at Heritage, he explains that retirement comes with joy mixed with some sadness as he looks back at his work as something in the past. Despite the mixed feelings, he explains that being named a Professor Emeritus at Heritage is meaningful due to its recognition of his years of service and ministry that continues to this day.

“It means that perhaps I bring not just 40 plus years of learning and teaching in my fields of interest and study, but some venerated wisdom in life and ministry that I can pass on to others,” explains Dr. Barker.

In 1978, Dr. Barker began his teaching ministry at London Baptist Bible College & Seminary. When London merged with Central Baptist Seminary in 1993 to form Heritage College & Seminary, he continued to teach and served in several academic and administrative roles. While teaching and mentoring students in the classroom, he has also served the church in several pastoral roles and continues to travel to churches around the province to preach and teach the Bible.

Today, Dr. Barker continues to have a passion and heart to teach the Bible. He explains that his motivation to teach and mentor students at Heritage comes from the joy he gets helping students know the Bible more and, through this, see them grow as they come to know Christ more through its pages.

“It is through the teaching of the content of the Bible and how to interpret the Bible that we come to see and know Christ in his saving work, and by the power of the Spirit embrace his values, virtues, and sense of mission in the Church and world,” says Dr. Barker.

Dr. Barker now becomes Heritage’s second Professor Emeritus, sharing the title with long-time fellow faculty member and friend Dr. Stanley K. Fowler, Professor Emeritus of Theological Studies. For him, to share this title with a person whose teaching and writing has impacted so many – including himself – is truly meaningful.

“This is a huge honour to be linked with one of the finest theologians I have ever known,” says Dr. Barker. “He has impacted my theology, my understanding of morals and ethics and how to process decision-making in these domains, and my understanding of church. Stan has modelled for me and for so many others how to engage in difficult and complex conversations with both an irenic spirit and deep conviction.”

As Dr. Fowler continues his recovery from a recent stroke, Dr. Barker says that he shares with many others the grief over the impact of this stroke and continues to pray that God will be merciful to him and his wife, Donna, and restore some measure of health.

“His voice and pen are so needed in our times,” says Dr. Barker.

Please Continue to Join Us in Praying for Dr. Stan Fowler

On behalf of the Heritage community, I want to thank each of you who have joined us in praying for Dr. Stan Fowler, his wife, Donna, and their family.  Stan continues to receive treatment after suffering a stroke this past summer.

I wanted to pass along some encouraging answers to our prayers.  A few weeks ago, a specialist was able to see Stan and the decision was made to move forward with removing his tracheal tube. This is a wonderful answer to prayer as it allows Stan to move forward with the process of rehabilitation at a hospital in Kitchener, Ontario.

The Fowlers recently purchased a new home in Cambridge that will better suit Stan’s needs.  They are now putting their current home in Kitchener up for sale. Their new home will have some needed renovations completed before they move, plus be equipped with some specific equipment that will allow Stan’s rehabilitation to continue. Once everything is in place, Stan will be able to move from the hospital to their new home.

In the next few weeks Heritage will be setting up a Go Fund Me page so that donations can be made to help offset the costs of renovations and the equipment that is needed.

Please continue to intercede for Stan, Donna, and their family.  Ask the Lord to grant Stan and Donna endurance for the rehab process.  Pray for a quick sale and short closing date for their current home and a smooth transition to their new home. Finally, please continue to pray that God would grant Stan a strong and significant recovery.  May the Lord show His power and grace in a way that brings glory to His name!

Warmly,

Dr. Rick Reed

President of Heritage College & Seminary

Heritage College & Seminary Introduces a Campus-Wide COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

 Posted September 2, 2021

In response to the latest requirements established for all post-secondary institutions in Ontario by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, Heritage College & Seminary will be moving forward with a campus-wide COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

As of September 7, 2021, the policy will require that all College and Seminary students, staff, and faculty at Heritage College & Seminary personally attest to or provide official Provincially approved proof of whether they have:

  • Received a full vaccination against COVID-19;
  • Have not received the COVID-19 vaccine;
  • Have an approved medical reason for not being vaccinated against COVID-19; or
  • Wish not to disclose their vaccination status.

Students, faculty, and staff at Heritage who disclose that they are not vaccinated, wish to not disclose their vaccination status, or have received a medical reason for not being vaccinated against COVID-19 will still be able to live and study on campus, but will have to:

  • Submit to taking regular antigen point of care testing for COVID-19 at least once every seven days and provide weekly verification of test results.
  • Participate in a COVID-19 Vaccination Information Session provided by Heritage.

This requirement will be effective for all currently enrolled College and Seminary students who will be attending Heritage on campus throughout the academic year. This includes all:

  • College students living on campus in residence;
  • College and Seminary students attending classes in-person;
  • College and Seminary students who will be attending Module or Multi-Modal Classes;
  • College and Seminary Audit students who will be attending classes on campus; or
  • Off-Campus or Online College and Seminary students who wish to use the library or other Heritage facilities.

This requirement will also include the following staff and faculty roles:

  • Administrative Staff in All Heritage Departments
  • Core and Adjunct Faculty, along with Applied Music Instructors
  • Student Staff including Residence Assistants, Student Council, Food Services Staff, Grounds Staff, Maintenance Staff, Library Staff, Teacher Assistants.
  • Contracted Service Providers

Given the sensitive, private nature of the information that is being required for this COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, Heritage will be diligent in protecting the information shared and ensuring it will be kept secure and confidential.

Further details on the implementation of this policy will be communicated to students, staff, and faculty during the first week of classes – September 7 – 10.

For questions on this new policy or information on the framework for the Fall Semester, please feel free to contact the COVID-19 Protocols Committee at covid19@heritagecs.edu.

A Message from President Dr. Rick Reed

Posted September 3, 2021

As I write this note, the Heritage campus is quiet.  Thankfully, that’s about to change.

On Labour Day, September 6th, we will welcome the new and returning college students moving into our residence halls.  I’m looking forward to meeting these new students and their families as they arrive on campus.  I’m also anticipating the Service of Dedication we will hold outdoors on Monday afternoon; it will be a time to commit ourselves to the Lord for the new school year.

I understand this new school year comes with many COVID complications.  I also realize Christians differ on how to best respond to the regulations issued by our government and public health officials.

At Heritage College and Seminary, our desire is to lead with love and act with integrity.  We are seeking to obey the biblical command to “be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people” (Titus 3:1-2).  At the same time, we are seeking to respect the different viewpoints and convictions held by Christians (Romans 14:1-23).  It’s our desire to treat one another “in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:2-3).

Our deep desire is to make this year about Christ rather than COVID.  We want to elevate the unity we have in Christ Jesus above the secondary matters that can divide us. We want our campus to be a safe and healthy place, both physically and spiritually.

To this end, Heritage will follow the new regulations issued this week for all post-secondary schools.  While vaccine passports are not required to attend Heritage, students who are not vaccinated or who choose not to disclose this information, will need to take rapid antigen tests provided on campus.  We will endeavour to make the process as easy and private as possible.  If you have concerns, please know that our team will listen to them and respond in a way that speaks the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).

I would ask you to join our faculty, staff, and student leaders in praying for a year of great spiritual growth and ministry preparation.  More than ever, we need to raise up godly spiritual leaders for Christ, His Church and His global mission.

Warmly,

Dr. Rick Reed