Telling the Story of The Fellowship in Canada

For Jordan Senécal, the study of church history has grabbed his heart in recent years. Over his time studying at Heritage Theological Seminary, he has come to appreciate and value the many stories of how God has been at work in his people and in the world.

Now, Senécal has the opportunity to be a part of telling one of those stories in the history of the Church in Canada.

Working with Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin, Professor of Church History at Heritage Theological Seminary, Senécal will be serving as a research assistant on a project that will recount the story of the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada to mark the denomination’s upcoming 70th anniversary in 2023. This work will be a revision and expansion of the 2003 publication, A Glorious Fellowship of Churches, edited by Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin and Robert B. Lockey.

“I am looking forward to uncovering all that God has done through the Fellowship over the past 70 years, not only in Canada but internationally,” says Senécal. “I am especially looking forward to hearing the remarkable stories of God’s grace in the lives of his people.”

He says that, Lord willing, this project will see him travelling across Canada in order to visit different districts and institutions connected with the Fellowship in order to tell the history of this denomination starting with the Particular Baptists in England in the 17th Century and following the storyline through the Fellowship up to the present day.

As he begins to undertake this extensive project, Senécal has the understanding of just how important chronicling the history of the Fellowship is. He explains that it is not only valuable as a contribution to Canadian history in general, but it is especially beneficial for the Fellowship and other churches in Canada to look back into their history to be encouraged and learn as they carry the blazing torch of the gospel today and into the future.

“I think that by knowing our history, we can learn not only how God worked in the past, but also see the struggles and, in some cases, pitfalls of our forebears and learn from them today,” he explains. “Knowing our story helps us to understand, appreciate, and maintain our identity while at the same time seeking to work with other believers in bringing the gospel to the nations.”

Since his conversion at nineteen, Senécal says that he has had the sense that his place in the world would be in Christian scholarship. Since beginning his studies at Heritage, he says that he has not only been gripped by the study of church history but has also had the opportunity to gain a broad perspective on the past 2000 years of God’s work in the world through a diversity of history courses.

However, what has stood out prominently from his time at Heritage has been the opportunity to receive valuable mentorship from the professors at the Seminary, especially Dr. Haykin.

“He has become a great source of encouragement to me and has been investing in me and my growth both as a Christian and a historian,” says Senécal. “I cannot see how this opportunity would have been possible apart from my being at Heritage.”

Awarding Excellence in Specific Subjects

This September, Heritage College & Seminary will be celebrating the accomplishments of the graduating class of 2020 online leading up to our Online Graduation 2020 ceremony.

Each year, Heritage recognizes the academic accomplishments of college and seminary students in specific subject areas of study. Each of these students have not only excelled academically while studying at Heritage but have also exhibited outstanding work in each of these subjects while showing godly character.

Congratulations to the following subject award recipients from the class of 2020:

  • Field Education Awards – outstanding work by non-graduating college students in the area of field education this year.
    • Awarded to: Emily Smallegange and Peter Lambert.
  • Gerry Benn Christian Education Award – outstanding work by a graduating college student in the field of Christian Education.
    • Awarded to: Jordan Vanderkooy.
  • Irene Robertson Loveday Christian Education Award – a non-graduating seminary student who shows significant academic ability and involvement in a Christian education ministry.
    • Awarded to: Beverly Boyd.
  • Wilson Banks Music Award – college students who have excelled in the music program, who plan to have a career in music ministry, who have exhibited godly character and demonstrated outstanding effort and academic achievement.
    • Awarded to: Ian and Josh Cushnie.
  • Charles & Olive Tipp Church History Award (seminary) – awarded to: Jordan Senecal.
  • Denzil E. Raymer Old Testament Award (seminary) – awarded to: Kathleen Hill.
  • Gordon Brown New Testament Award (seminary) – awarded to: Braden Slessor.
  • William & Leila Whitcombe Theology Award (seminary) – awarded to: Thomas Fisher.
  • Greek and Hebrew awards, sponsored by Zondervan: these students have excelled in language studies.
    • Awarded to: Scott Hogeveen and Nicolas Crowe in the college & Thomas Fisher in the seminary for Greek.
  • Harold Stainton Hebrew Award: excelling in Hebrew language studies in the seminary.
    • Awarded to: Randy Lieuwen.

Join us for Online Graduation 2020 on Saturday, September 26th at 10:30am for the premiere of the ceremony at YouTube.com/heritagecs.

Heritage Preaching Lectures 2020 Welcomes Ray Ortlund

Join us online for this year’s Heritage Preaching Lectures – register at DiscoverHeritage.ca/HPL.

If there is one thing that many people are seeking in today’s world it is to find the wisdom in order to live well in a broken world. As a result, understanding how to preach and teach the wisdom literature of the Old Testament has become a valuable skill.

Ray Ortlund will be teaching on the topic of preaching Old Testament wisdom literature during this year’s Heritage Preaching Lectures hosted by Heritage Theological Seminary being held on Thursday, October 8th.

This year, the Heritage Preaching Lectures will be broadcasted in churches, homes, and offices as the event will be livestreamed online for participants.

Dr. Ortlund currently serves as the President of Renewal Ministries and has served 28 years in pastoral roles in California, Oregon, Georgia and, most recently, at Immanuel Nashville in Tennessee. He has also taught Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois and serves as a Council Member of The Gospel Coalition.

In addition to numerous essays, Ortlund has also published eight books including his most recent, Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel. He has also served as an Old Testament translator for The New Living Translation and The English Standard Version and contributed the introduction and study notes in the ESV Study Bible to the book of Isaiah.

Dr. Wayne Baxter, Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek at Heritage Theological Seminary, explains that Ortlund’s experience and perspective is valuable in guiding the preachers who will attend this year’s Preaching Lectures to effectively teach wisdom literature.

“As pastors and teachers, we desire to offer our people wisdom from God’s Word. Very often, however, our take on God’s wisdom amounts to little more than simplistic, Christian clichés,” says Dr. Baxter. “As an Old Testament scholar Ray Ortlund understands how Old Testament wisdom works; and as a pastor, he knows how to impart God’s wisdom to his people.”

Though the format of the Preaching Lectures has moved online for this year, the event continues to be focused on helping pastors and ministry leaders by encouraging and equipping them in order to continue serving their churches well.

“Heritage believes that preaching is the primary focus of any pastor’s ministry, “says Dr. Barry Howson, Academic Dean of Heritage Theological Seminary. “Consequently, any help we can receive to improve this task is much appreciated, not only by us who labour in preaching the Word but also the churches we serve.”

To learn more about the Heritage Preaching Lectures and to register for this online event, please visit DiscoverHeritage.ca/HPL.

Heritage Celebrates Welcome Day 2020

There was a feeling of excitement on campus at Heritage College & Seminary on Monday, September 7 as staff, faculty, and student leaders greeted new and returning students and their families for Welcome Day 2020.

After months of praying and planning for this upcoming year, Welcome Day marked the beginning of an academic year that the Heritage community desires will be a time of spiritual impact and physical safety.

With the help of student leaders, both new and incoming students moved into our limited capacity residence to begin their studies at the college for the upcoming academic year starting on Thursday, September 10.

Families were then welcomed to join together to dedicate the upcoming year to the Lord with a special service with messages from President Dr. Rick Reed, Vice President of Academics Dr. J. Stephen Yuille, and Vice President of Student Life and Enrolment Chuck Schoenmaker.

Parents of college students who wish to receive more information about Heritage and watch messages from some of the staff and faculty are encouraged to visit our online Parent Orientation at DiscoverHeritage.ca/Parents.

Please continue to pray for our college students as they prepare for this upcoming year, as well as the students of Heritage Theological Seminary who will be starting their fall semester online this week.

To view the online Parent Orientation 2020 – visit DiscoverHeritage.ca/Parents

To view Heritage’s plans for Fall 2020 – visit DiscoverHeritage.ca/Fall2020.

Sending the Joy of Camp Home

The news that overnight camps would not be running this summer left many people devastated. This was a feeling shared by Heritage students Ethan Skinner and Julia Martin.

When they heard that their camp – Camp Widjiitiwin – would not operate normally this summer due to the pandemic, it was a challenge. Which was why the news that camp would continue in a different format was not only great news, but also something they were excited to be a part of.

Camp Widjiitiwin, like other overnight camps, will be hosting Camp in a Box – a special program that seeks to bring the joy of a week at camp to campers’ homes across Ontario. Now, after working hard to prepare this unique camp experience, Martin and Skinner are currently part of leading this special program.

For Martin, the excitement for being a part of Camp in a Box comes from a heart for the impact camp ministry has had on her own life and the hearts and lives of campers she has connected with at Widjiitiwin.

She explains that, for her, God has used her time as a camper and now a leader to push her into a deeper trust in Him.

“I believe that camp has increased my passion for ministry and when I am able to see the countless miracles He has done at this camp, my love for Him strengthens as well as my confidence in knowing that he is a good God,” says Martin. “Every summer I come back and there are always campers I can see God working in and there is no other explanation than Jesus’ grace in those times.”

In Skinner’s life, he looks back and sees his own experiences at camp as formative – providing him with deep friendships, a stronger relationship with God and a passion to serve in ministry. However, he says that it is also what He does in the lives of campers each summer that continues to be a testimony to the power of God.

“Last summer we saw fifty campers make personal decisions to turn and trust Christ and over 100 Bibles go out,” says Skinner. “It is the place where I’ve seen God use the camp pastors, the cabin leaders, and even myself to preach and live out the gospel before campers.”

Now, both are playing important roles in bringing the joy and hope of camp through this new program that will allow campers to experience Widjiitiwin from where they live through a special online platform and boxes filled with items from the camp. For Martin and Skinner and the rest of the team, this has involved doing everything from packing boxes with games, activities, and tuck candies to filming and preparing content for the online camp portal.

Though it is strange to be preparing for a summer of camp in this way, both would say that their time at Heritage has prepared them to trust God and that He will work in and through camp – even if it is experienced in a different way.

“One of the most important lessons that Heritage has taught me in preparation for serving in camp ministry is how God is able to work all things for the good of those who love Him,” explains Skinner. “That although ministry may not be what is expected or the normal, that God is able to take this new reality and work it for good.”

As both Skinner and Martin begin their ministry this summer with Widjiitiwin, their prayer is that God will make the most of this opportunity and continue to impact lives with the hope of the gospel through this camp experience.

“Our mission is to let each camper know how important and loved they are in the eyes of God, and that as we strive to impact each camper’s life that they will make a difference in their families as well,” says Martin.

Learn more about Camp in a Box at mycamp.ca/campinabox.

Looking Ahead to Fall 2020

Heritage College & Seminary is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all its students, faculty, and staff. For this reason, we are establishing guidelines and reconfiguring the campus in anticipation of the fall semester.

Our goal is to create the best possible learning experience for all students, whether they are on campus or off campus. We want all members of the Heritage community to feel safe and secure as they begin, or continue, their studies this September. As always, our mission is to equip men and women for life and ministry, from coast to coast to coast, and around the world.

To learn more about Heritage’s plans for Fall 2020 and to stay updated on further details  – please visit DiscoverHeritage.ca/Fall2020.

COVID-19 Update – May 8, 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Heritage College & Seminary remains committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our campus community, while continuing on in our mission to train and equip men and women for life and ministry.

Though the campus of Heritage College & Seminary remains closed, operations will continue online in order to serve students and the Heritage community.

  • Staff and faculty of Heritage College and Seminary are currently working remotely in order to keep Heritage open and operating during these times.
  • If you are in need of contacting anyone from our staff and faculty, please contact them by email only.
  • To contact our Main Office, please continue to fill out our Contact Form on DiscoverHeritage.ca or call our toll-free number at 1-800-465-1961.

Heritage College & Seminary continues to accept applications for the Fall 2020 semester, including Residence Applications.

  • Our Admissions Team and Registrar’s Office is currently working remotely and will be happy to assist you in your application to Heritage for this fall. If you have questions, please contact us at admissions@heritagecs.edu.
  • Please visit DiscoverHeritage.ca/Apply to find both our College and Seminary Applications.
  • For our Residence Application for accepted or returning students, please contact DJ Mudde, Dean of Student Life, at dmudde@heritagecs.edu.

Looking ahead, Heritage and its leaders are currently making plans to continue teaching and equipping both college and seminary students this fall.

  • While we await further direction from government and public health officials on how best to prepare a safe learning environment in the fall, Heritage has begun to look at plans to move forward with a new semester this September.
  • Please be assured that Heritage is committed to providing all students – both new and returning – with the high-quality, theologically-rich educational experience Heritage has become known for.

We are thankful for your prayers and support during this unique time in the history of Heritage College & Seminary. Know that we are praying for our students, alumni, and all in our Heritage community during this time and we continue to trust and hope in our faithful God.

To stay updated on what’s happening at Heritage College & Seminary, please stay updated by reviewing this website regularly and look for announcements on social media or by email.

COVID-19 Update – May 27, 2020

From the President’s Cabinet of Heritage College & Seminary 

We recognize that many of our new and returning students have questions regarding our plans for September. We appreciate your patience as we navigate the challenges posed by COVID-19.

We’re hopeful (and planning) for on-campus classes this fall, which will be convened in a way that ensures the physical well-being of staff and students.

Ultimately, what that looks like will closely adhere to provincial guidelines for private academic institutions. In case we can’t meet on-campus, we’re making contingency plans to have alternative delivery systems in place that will maintain academic standards, fulfill OSAP guidelines, and satisfy ABHE and ATS requirements.

In short, we’re planning for both scenarios: on-campus and online. We’ll make a decision, as soon as the provincial authorities issue their guidelines.

A Statement from President Dr. Rick Reed from Heritage College & Seminary

Our Heritage faculty and staff join with many others around the world to pray for God’s mercy on our broken world during time of great sorrow and upheaval.  We lament the tragic, brutal death of George Floyd which has surfaced the injustice many Black brothers and sisters live with in an ongoing way.

It could be tempting for us in Canada to dismiss this as a problem largely beyond our borders.  But as we listen to the voices of Black Canadians and other minorities around us, we quickly discover that racial prejudice adversely affects Canadians too.  This is a time to humble ourselves before God, asking for His grace and guidance to love our neighbour as ourselves (Matthew 22:39).

As Christians we reject racism as contrary to God’s heart and His revealed will.  The Bible affirms all humans are created in God’s image and possess equal worth and dignity (Genesis 1:27).  Although hostility and division have characterized human history, God’s plan is to bring us together under Christ as part of His Church (Ephesians 1:10, 2:14).

When Linda and I served in a pastoral role in Ottawa, we loved the fact that over forty languages were spoken in the congregation.  We delighted in the diversity of languages and cultures represented in the church. It was for us a foretaste of heaven when people from every “tribe and language and people and nation” will unite to give glory to the Lord (Revelation 5:9).

Our commitment at Heritage College and Seminary is to be a place where all students are treated with Christ-like love.  To this end, we will actively listen and learn where we fall short and what actions we can take to be part of the solution.  We recognize our responsibility to educate and equip spiritual leaders who understand the implications of the gospel and embrace the racial diversity God intended for the body of Christ (Ephesians 3:6) and the absolute equality and value of all.  We do this as an expression of our devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ, the One who laid down his life to reconcile us to God and to unite all who trust in him as equal members of God’s household (Ephesians 2:19).

Preventative Measures at Heritage College & Seminary

Updated as of March 16th, 2020

Personal Preventative Measures

In following with recommendations, we are asking all in the Heritage community to:

  • Please stay home if you are sick or feeling unwell.
  • Please refrain from all non-essential international travel and domestic air travel.
  • If you have traveled to or from a designated, high-risk area we would ask that you not come to campus and follow the national protocol of quarantine of 14 days to ensure you are not carrying the virus and report by email to David Switzer at covid19@heritagecs.edu.
  • If you have been in an environment interacting with people who have been later identified to be carriers or infected, we would require you to self-quarantine for up to 14 days as per national health guidelines and report by email to David Switzer at covid19@heritagecs.edu.
  • If you are presenting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 – such as coughing, sneezing, fever, and headaches – please be in contact with your medical professional, contact Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000, and contact David Switzer at covid19@heritagecs.edu.

Campus – Wide Preventative Efforts

In order to protect our community and workplace, Heritage College & Seminary is asking that all students, staff, and faculty will take note of these personal efforts throughout the campus:

  • Maintain good hygiene habits – washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face – eyes, nose, and mouth – with unwashed hands during this time.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing and keep your distance from others while doing so.

In an effort to create a safe learning environment at Heritage, the campus will be implementing the following:

  • Heritage is requesting that you would refrain from shaking hands – please greet with fist or elbow bumps instead.
  • The campus will be outfitted with a number of publicly accessible, no-touch, hand-sanitizer stations that we encourage you to use regularly.
  • There will be an increased frequency of cleaning and sterilization of all areas of the campus, especially high-contact areas.
  • Informational posters will be distributed throughout the campus.

What Do You Do If You Believe You Have COVID-19?

If you believe that you have become ill with respiratory symptoms and had potential connection with COVID-19, please:

  • Contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 to seek advice.
  • Also inform David Switzer through email at covid19@heritagecs.edu.
Learn about Safety Protocols, Course Delivery, Schedules, and more at DiscoverHeritage.ca/Fall2020More info