Learning and Growing to Go

The desire to pursue missions settled into my mind when I was very young, and it was the determination to continue pursuing this goal that led me to Heritage. Now, as I look back, I see that the Lord used my experience at Heritage to shift my view on missions for the better.

My whole life I chose missions, but I never truly knew why. However, I was always eager to latch onto its possibility of adventure. While attending Heritage, God stretched my faith, humbled my heart, challenged my ideas, and ultimately reframed the true meaning of grace that contributed to my shift in understanding. In those three years, I discovered the “why.”

I came to realize my childhood choice carried a command to go, not because I was promised I would thrive, but because Jesus’ name is to be glorified. I realized that there are people who haven’t heard the gospel of grace, that don’t know God sent His Son to die for their sins that they may be saved. In the time I spent studying God’s word at Heritage, nothing hit me harder than this reality and I couldn’t ignore it.

After completing my program, I became a student at Emanate Missionary Training Center with my husband Tyler to become equipped for cross-cultural church planting. Reflecting on the work the Lord did in my heart at Heritage to reveal His mission kindles gratitude within my soul that will not be quenched. Jesus’ love is eternal and it’s unfathomable that he’d use a sinner such as I to share the wonders of His grace.

Read Mikhaela’s story and more in the 2022 Heritage College & Seminary Spring and Summer Newsletter that will be arriving in mailboxes soon.

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Celebrating the Class of 2022

The campus of Heritage College & Seminary was a place of celebration this weekend as we welcomed family and friends to recognize the accomplishments of the graduating class of 2022.

Before both graduation ceremonies, the Heritage community gathered on campus for the annual Graduation Banquet on Friday, April 29. Both graduating and returning students from both the college and seminary were acknowledged for their academic accomplishments and Christian character with several awards throughout the evening.

The celebration continued Saturday as we hosted two separate ceremonies for college and seminary graduates of Heritage. Dr. J. Stephen Yuille delivered his graduation address to graduating college class, encouraging them to ensure that they direct their hearts to the love of God and the steadfastness of Jesus Christ in all they do after Heritage. The class also had the opportunity to hear from Valedictorian Award winner Ethan Skinner.

President Dr. Rick Reed commissioned the men and women graduating from Heritage Theological Seminary into life and ministry later in the day during the school’s ceremony. Jack Scott Award winner Jonathan Killoran also encouraged the graduates and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to learn and grow while studying at Heritage.

Please join us in praying for the 31 graduates of Heritage College and 39 graduates of Heritage Theological Seminary that combine to make up the class of 2022 that, through their life and ministry, they would make an eternal impact for Christ in all they do.

For a list of this year’s award winners, please see below:

2022 Heritage College Award Winners

Academic Awards

The Certificate Program Academic Proficiency Award  

Melissa Zoght

The Fourth Year Academic Proficiency Award

Alex Guenther

The Zondervan Hebrew Award

Joseph Tabet

The Zondervan Greek Award

James Hutton

The Lehman Strauss Expository Preaching/Teaching Award

Alex Guenther

The Wilson Banks Music Award

Micah Sauder

The ABWE Missions Award

Sara Wood

The Craig Simmons Missions Award

Mikhaela Whatley

Delta Epsilon Chi, Honour Society of ABHE

James Hutton

 

Field Education Awards

The Field Education Award

Brooke Weir & Timothy Wessel

The Norman W. Pipe Evangelism Award

Ian Cameron & Evan Sanderson

The Gerry Benn Award for Christian Education

Emily Gagnier & James Hutton

The Pastoral Ministry Award

James Hutton

 

Other Awards

The Elsie M. Lawson Awards

Myriam Alexanian & Ethan Skinner

The Marvin Brubacher Citizenship Awards

Tori Lesniara & Joshua Slotegraaf

 

2022 Heritage Theological Seminary Award Winners

Academic Awards

The Graduating Academic Proficiency Award

Nathan Weber

The Harold Stainton Hebrew Award

Daniel Sales de Andrade

The Zondervan Greek Award

Christopher Wood

The Heritage Seminary Preaching Award

Levi denBok

The Charles & Olive Tipp Church History Award

Matthew Maw

The Denzill E. Raymer Old Testament Award

Kathleen Hill

The W. Gordon Brown New Testament Award

Ryan Oh

The William & Leila Whitcombe Theology Award

Matthew Maw

 

Field Education Awards

The Irene Robertson Loveday Christian Education Award

Wendy Saulesleja

The Jack H. Watt Pastoral Ministry Award

Gregory Nash

 

Other Awards

The Jack Scott Award

Jonathan Killoran

The Mr. & Mrs. Alex McCready Award

Daniel Sales de Andrade

Graduation 2022

There’s excitement on campus as the Heritage community prepares to celebrate the accomplishments of the class of 2022 during this weekend’s graduation celebrations.

Heritage College & Seminary is looking forward to welcoming graduates, family, and friends back to campus for two graduation ceremonies recognizing the achievements of this year’s college and seminary graduates on Saturday, April 30.

The day will begin with the graduation service for the college’s graduating class beginning at 10:00 am. Vice President of Academics and Academic Dean of the College Dr. J. Stephen Yuille will deliver the address to the graduating class. Graduates will also hear from this year’s Valedictorian, Ethan Skinner during this special ceremony.

Following the college ceremony, Heritage Theological Seminary will celebrate its class of 2022 at 2:30 pm. The graduation address will be delivered by President Dr. Rick Reed and will also include a message from the recipient of this year’s Jack Scott Award, Jonathan Killoran.

Before the ceremonies, college and seminary graduates will join the Heritage community on Friday, April 29 for the annual Graduation Banquet. Throughout the evening, both graduating and returning students will receive several awards recognizing academic excellence and Christian character.

Join us online to celebrate with the class of 2022. All are welcome to watch both the college and seminary services this Saturday at DiscoverHeritage.ca/Live.

Update on Campus Life Based on Ontario’s Phase One of the Reopening

Posted March 2, 2022

Effective March 1st, the Province of Ontario has lifted capacity limits on all indoor public settings. Out of our desire to foster a positive and healthy learning experience for the student, staff, and faculty at the college and seminary, Heritage is announcing the following changes to the capacity limits for our indoor facilities.

Locations such as the library, cafeteria, The Heritage Community Centre (HCC), student and staff lounges, chapels, gym and fitness centre and classrooms will have no capacity limits based on COVID-19 protocols.

Secondly, effective March 1st, The Ministry of Colleges and Universities has revoked their COVID-19 vaccination policy. Subsequently, the Heritage College & Seminary Vaccination Policy has also been revoked.  Students, staff, and faculty are no longer required to submit their vaccination status and non-fully vaccinated students are no longer required to use a Rapid Antigen Test once every seven days they are on campus.

Please take note of the following supplementary measures:

  • Outside gathering limits are lifted.
  • Personal protective equipment such as masks and face guards are still required indoors, including continued screening of guests, staff, and students.
  • Testing stations will still be available for students, staff, and faculty to use as needed. All test results must still be reported.
  • Plexiglass barriers around campus will be phased out as the semester progresses, we will maintain our current cleaning schedule, and air filters will remain in classrooms and chapel for the rest of the semester.
  • The HCC will be open until 1:00 am.

Residence Buildings

  • Pre- COVID-19 open dorm policies will be reinstated (Open dorm happens on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm and weekends from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm).
  • Access to both residence buildings will be prohibited to all guests however off-campus Heritage students with an active access card, can visit the residence buildings.
  • Students can visit other apartments in the common room area with masks up to 6 students.
  • Students in residence will continue to be required to wear a mask in the laundry room and halls of the dorm.

For more information on the protocols on campus, please feel free to email the COVID-19 Protocols Committee at covid19@heritagecs.edu.

Heritage Announces Changes to Campus Protocols

Posted January 31, 2022

Starting Monday, January 31, the Province of Ontario will be beginning its three-step plan to ease public health measures cautiously and gradually. Considering the recent changes to these measures and out of our desire to foster a positive and healthy learning experience for the student, staff, and faculty at the college and seminary, Heritage is announcing the following changes to our campus protocols:

Testing

  • The testing station in the HCC has been relocated to the office beside Student Council—across the hall from the Student Services Office. This will give students more access to testing during evenings and weekends.
  • Please ensure that you are reporting your results by using the QR Code or the Recording Sheet located at the testing station.

Cafeteria

The Cafeteria will once again be open at 50% capacity. Tables will be spaced out and host up to 6 students per table.

Chapel

Chapel services will continue to be held in person on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 50% capacity. Students will also be able to view these services by livestream at DiscoverHeritage.ca/Live.

Gym & Fitness Centre

  • The gym will be available for student use at 50% capacity.
  • Intramurals will be able to start again, and students will have access to the gym for individual physical activity.
  • Masks are required in the gym unless students are participating in individual or team sports.
  • The fitness centre will be open for use, up to two students at a time, or one apartment. Students can reserve their timeslot by emailing ctalabis@heritagecs.edu.

Heritage Community Centre

  • There will continue to be reduced capacities posted in designated areas in the HCC.
  • Gathering limits in specified areas will be up to 10 students.
  • The HCC will once again be open until 1:00 am.
  • Masks should be always worn when using any of these spaces.

Library Hours

  • Considering current and ongoing COVID-19 protocols, the current maximum capacity for the library has been set at 25 occupants. Masks must be always worn while indoors and physical distancing must be followed.
  • See library hours here: https://discoverheritage.ca/library/.

Residence Buildings:

  • Access to both Residence Buildings will be prohibited to all off-campus students and guests.
  • Students can visit other apartments in the common room area with masks up to 6 students.
  • Please do not congregate with other students in the hallways of the dorm.
  • Students in residence will continue to be required to wear a mask in the laundry room and halls of the dorm.

Outside: 

  • Group gatherings outside are now increased to 25.

For more information on the protocols on campus, please feel free to email the COVID-19 Protocols Committee at covid19@heritagecs.edu.

Ministry Leadership Day 2022

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR MINISTRY LEADERSHIP DAY 2022

How can pastors and ministry leaders best train disciples to read and live out the truths of Scripture in a way that will both shape their minds and hearts and train them to live for Christ?

Learn more about the topic of discipleship in the local church from theologian and author Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer at this year’s Ministry Leadership Day happening on Thursday, March 31 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

This year, Heritage will be hosting Ministry Leadership Day both in-person on campus and online. We are looking forward to welcoming pastors and ministry leaders to the campus as well as online for a valuable day of encouragement and equipping for life and ministry.

Dr. Kevin J. Vanhoozer currently serves as Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Previously, Dr. Vanhoozer was Blanchard Professor of Theology at Wheaton College Graduate School and Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

He is the author and editor of many books including The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology and his latest book Hearers and Doers: A Pastor’s Guide to Making Disciples Through Scripture and Doctrine.

Registration is officially open for MLD 2022. Visit DiscoverHeritage.ca/MLD to register today.

Understanding Prayer

Dr. Jon Korkidakis, Adjunct Professor at Heritage College & Seminary, says that though prayer is highly recognized as important to the Christian walk, it is also confusing for many people in today’s church and is seen as intimidating.

It was this common struggle to understand prayer that led Korkidakis to write his latest book, Touching God: Discovering Prayer that Moves the Heart of God. He explains that he wanted to write the book to help people gain a better understanding of the biblical purpose of prayer to see their own prayer life deepen.

“There is for many, a mystery to prayer,” says Korkidakis. “I hope the book helps to bring clarity and focus to God’s intention for prayer and how we can develop our prayer lives in accordance with the biblical model.”

In the book, Korkidakis goes to Scripture to highlight an essential part of prayer that he believes is missing from our contemporary understanding of the discipline. Throughout most of what is written about prayer in the Bible, he explains that there is a piece that—though sometimes is acknowledged—is often not as prominent in the prayer life of the church as it is throughout God’s Word.

Korkidakis sees at the heart of this missing piece is an understanding of prayer that sees the discipline as a process of aligning ourselves to the will and purposes of God. It is through this that he believes we grow a deeper awareness of God’s kingdom and his activity in the world where God is at work.

“When we move in that direction, it is a transformative experience, one that I believe brings pleasure to God as he sees his children grow deeper in their relationship with Him,” he says.

As he looks back, Korkidakis says that this understanding of prayer has helped deepen and transform the prayer lives of many in his church. After preaching much of the material in a sermon series at the church he pastors a few years ago, he was grateful to hear how it helped people orient their prayers differently and became a tool for deepening the church’s walk with Christ.

On a personal level, he says that this broader, biblical understanding of prayer has been transformational in his own prayer life and walk with God.

“There is a deeper sense of peace in my own life, as well as a deeper sense of awareness of what God is doing in my own heart and life,” says Korkidakis.

He desires that the readers of this book would have the same experience that he and his church have had—that it would elevate people’s prayer life, deeply nourish their souls, and help create a prayer movement that deepens people’s desire for God’s will to be manifest on earth.

To learn more about Touching God or to purchase the book, click here.

A Look at the History of Biblical Friendship

When he reflects on what led him to write his latest book, Iron Sharpens Iron: Friendship and the Grace of God, Professor of Church History at Heritage Theological Seminary Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin explains that the topic of friendship has been a long-time and personal interest of study.

“My own personal makeup and experiences over the past fifty years have given me a longstanding interest in this subject from a personal vantage point and a professional one,” says Haykin.

Haykin says that he has been drawn to study figures in church history who had circles of friends like Paul, Basil of Caesarea, and John Calvin. However, the focus of this book looks at the friendships that were important in the lives of two eighteenth-century pastor-theologians: Andrew Fuller and John Ryland.

Through looking at the letters and correspondence that stemmed from these relationships, Haykin sets out to look at the example that was set by these men and how they developed and sustained their friendships, as well as how their relationships impacted their ministries and how they were seen in the eighteenth century as means of grace in the Christian life.

These men and the relationships they fostered during their lives would be examples of what Haykin describes as biblical friendships. Though he says that there are many examples of this kind of friendship in Scripture—from Ruth and Naomi to David and Jonathan to Paul and Timothy—he says that these friendships reflect the model that we see throughout the Bible and church history.

“A biblical friendship is one that combines loyalty to the friend with openness and transparency whereby one’s friend can speak into your life for your good,” explains Haykin.

Haykin acknowledges that his book on the history of biblical friendship comes at a unique time in history when modern society has changed the way many people —both inside and outside the church—view friendships.

To re-establish the model for friendships set out by Fuller and Ryland in the church today, he says that education is needed on the value of biblical friendship. However, amid a culture of hurry and busyness, he also believes that an understanding of biblical friendship will also need to lead people to commit to the time necessary to foster these relationships again.

“Unlike other relationships, there is no contract or nor any mandate,” says Haykin. “People need to see the importance of this for the sake of their souls and their sanity. Then, we need to commit to reorienting our schedules to simply make time for friends.”

To learn more about Iron Sharpens Iron or to purchase a copy, please click here.

A Message from the President’s Cabinet

Posted January 4, 2022

As our staff and faculty prepare for the beginning of the winter semester next week, we are looking forward to the start of classes and praying that God would continue to work in and through our college and seminary students this academic year.

Considering the new time-limited guidelines announced on January 3 from the Province of Ontario, the President’s Cabinet of Heritage College & Seminary recently met to establish a plan to begin the winter semester starting January 11, 2022.

Out of a continued desire to foster a positive, safe, and healthy learning experience for our students, staff, and faculty at Heritage, the President’s Cabinet will be moving forward with a plan to welcome our college and seminary students back once again to Heritage this winter.

College Residence will Remain Open

Starting Saturday, January 8, college students living in residence will be welcome to begin moving back to campus. Before moving into their assigned apartment, all residence students will be required to take a rapid antigen test.

College and Seminary Classes will Begin In-Person with Online Option

Starting January 11, most of our college and seminary classes will continue to be delivered in person, with the option for students to join their classes through our livestream, hybrid format.

Faculty members will be reaching out to students over the next couple of days to share their plans for the upcoming semester. If a student has questions surrounding their class, they are encouraged to email their professor to receive guidance and direction.

Campus Operations  

In following the recent measures set out by the Province of Ontario, Heritage will be making changes to our current campus operations and protocols for the beginning of the winter semester.

Further details will be released in the coming days surrounding on-campus protocols, though some initial changes will include the following:

  • The Gymnasium and Fitness Centre located in The Heritage Community Centre will be closed.
  • The Cafeteria will shift to take-out or pick-up to support students.
  • Reduced group capacities will be implemented in The Heritage Community Centre.

Please continue to stay updated on DiscoverHeritage.ca/Winter2022 for a more detailed plan surrounding on-campus protocols at Heritage for the winter semester.

Cases of COVID-19 at Heritage

Posted January 11, 2022

Heritage has received notification of two positive cases of COVID-19 involving students living in one campus residence.

Upon learning of the positive results by way of rapid antigen test, both students are currently in quarantine following Provincial guidelines along with their respective dormmates. All close contacts of both students have been notified by either the students or the Heritage staff and are following Provincial guidelines for monitoring symptoms or quarantining. Food services and are being provided for students in quarantine and they will be accessing classes online for the duration of their quarantine.

The campus will continue to remain open for in-class instruction and campus operations during this time.

If you are a college or seminary student at Heritage, please remember that you have the option to participate in either in-person or online, hybrid learning during the winter semester. If you are feeling unwell, we would ask that you please stay home, contact your professors by email, and attend your classes online by livestream.

Staff and faculty are welcome to work from home remotely or livestream class content for the wellbeing of yourself and your family. Please contact your supervisor as soon as possible to arrange to work from home or off-campus.