Join the Mission of Heritage College & Seminary this Giving Tuesday

On December 1st, we are asking you to consider joining us as we continue on in our mission to train and equip men and women for life and ministry.

For Giving Tuesday, Heritage is raising funds that will go towards financially supporting college and seminary students through scholarships – including the support of a growing number of international students and new Canadians. Our scholarships continue to provide valuable help to many students as they begin their theological studies at Heritage.

At Heritage, we continue to be devoted to training pastors, missionaries, church leaders to serve Christ, his church, and his mission. Please consider giving financially to help more students have the opportunity to be equipped and make an eternal difference, here in Canada and the nations.

Join the mission of Heritage College & Seminary this Giving Tuesday – visit DiscoverHeritage.ca/Donate to give on December 1st.

Registration Is Now Open for Winter 2021

Heritage College & Seminary has recently opened registration for the upcoming winter semester. Current college and seminary students will now be able to visit myHeritage and register for their classes next semester.

The deadline for registering for Winter 2021 courses is November 22, 2020.

Heritage will also continue to provide the same course delivery plans for the upcoming winter semester.

For students of the college, most classes will continue to operate in-person, on-campus in a safe, physically distanced classroom setting. Students will also have the option to choose the option of taking on-campus college classes through a live-streaming format.

Again, some of the college courses offered this semester will only be offered online with no in-person instruction. Please refer to the Winter 2021 College Schedule to see which classes will be delivered completely online. Courses that are offered as dual for both college and seminary courses will continue to be offered in this online format.

All Heritage Theological Seminary classes will continue to only be available in an online delivery format.

For more information on Winter 2021 Registration and to see the College and Seminary Schedules for the upcoming semester – please visit DiscoverHeritage.ca/FallWinterUpdates.

Recommendations for Thanksgiving & Reading Week

Recommendations for Thanksgiving & Reading Week

Heritage College & Seminary encourages its community to stay small, cautious, and together while extending the protocols through the remainder of the fall semester.

Posted September 30, 2020

As the leaves change colour and we approach the month of October, all members of the Heritage community are beginning to look ahead with anticipation to Thanksgiving Weekend and Reading Week. These two events during the fall semester offer needed times of focused study, rest, prayer, and time with family.

In light of the growing situation surrounding COVID-19 in Ontario and Canada, it is also a time that we as a Heritage community need to continue to be diligent in our efforts to be safe and show love to our neighbours by following protocols and recommendations from public health officials.

Before we leave campus for Thanksgiving, it is essential that students, staff, and faculty continue to make a community-wide effort to care for one another, our families, and our greater community in the way that we live and act during this pandemic.

Recommendations for Thanksgiving and Reading Week

As you prepare to make your way home for both Thanksgiving and Reading Week, we would like to encourage all in the Heritage community to stay small, cautious, and together.

Stay Small – When going home for Thanksgiving and Reading Week, please remember to keep your social circle small in number. By keeping our close contacts within one small, social circle – both at home and at Heritage – we can best protect friends, family, and our Heritage community.

Stay Cautious – As you return home, we are asking all in the Heritage community to be careful and evaluate all trips that you take while you are in your hometown. While out in your community, please remember to follow all public health protocols, wear your mask, and maintain physical distancing while limiting your social gatherings outside of your circle.

Stay Together – We all, as a Heritage community, want to continue to be diligent in our efforts together to protect both one another and show love to our neighbour. This is why it is essential that we continue to live in a way that practically seeks the safety and good of others.

Fall 2020 Protocols will continue to be in effect after Thanksgiving Weekend

As the region, province, and nation continues to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, the President’s Cabinet at Heritage College & Seminary has recently approved that the protocols established for the fall semester will continue to be in effect after the Thanksgiving break.

It is essential that the community at Heritage continue to strive to follow recommendations from public health and adhere to the protocols established for this semester in order to preserve our opportunity to study together – on and off campus.

Looking Ahead to Fall 2020

Looking Ahead to Fall 2020

Click here to download the PDF of Heritage’s plan for the fall semester – 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.

Heritage continues to monitor the changing restrictions and guidelines related to COVID-19, while awaiting further direction from public health and government officials on the reopening of private post-secondary schools. The following plans for the upcoming fall semester will be re-evaluated, as we receive additional information.

Health and Safety on Campus

Heritage will continue to follow the guidelines that have been provided by public health including:

  • Physical distancing requirements will be established throughout the campus.
  • Personal Protective Equipment will be required in all publicly accessible areas.
  • Proper hand hygiene will be encouraged through signage, and hand sanitization stations will be available throughout the campus.
  • Cleaning and sanitization activities will be increased throughout the campus.

Personal Protective Equipment on Campus

All students, staff, and faculty, who will be on campus, are encouraged to wear their own masks. Heritage will also have disposable masks available for use. Those who use their own masks are encouraged to ensure they’re properly and frequently cleaned and maintained. All those attending the campus will be required to wear masks in public places, including classrooms, hallways, stairways, library, and The H Community Centre.

Masks will not be required for those who are meeting outside, following proper physical distancing guidelines for social gatherings. Masks will not be required in residence apartments or in the offices of staff and faculty.

Changes to the Campus

Directional arrows will be installed throughout the campus to aid in physical distancing. Signs will also be posted to remind people of mask requirements and revised room capacities.

High traffic areas will be equipped for physical distancing through the installation of plexiglass barriers at the front of classrooms, in the library, and at the food service counter in the cafeteria.

In order to encourage proper hand hygiene, there will be multiple hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the campus buildings. Cleaning and sanitation efforts will be increased in order to provide a safe learning environment.

Learning at Heritage College & Seminary This Fall

As we look forward to the fall semester, we are committed to offering students an exceptional academic experience while ensuring the health and welfare of the entire Heritage community.

We appreciate your patience, as we continue to navigate the challenges posed by COVID-19. We have been closely monitoring the situation, and we are anticipating further guidelines from the office of public health and the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

Course Delivery for College Students this Fall

As it stands at the moment, we plan to deliver as many of our college courses by means of face-to-face instruction on-campus as is permitted. This will mean utilizing our larger classrooms, so as to maintain social distancing. We will implement the necessary protocols, as proposed by the office of public health, to ensure a healthy on-campus learning environment.

Remaining courses will be offered through an online delivery format. Lectures will be delivered through livestream or pre-recorded videos. Students will participate in weekly online discussion groups in order to create an interactive learning experience.

All enrolled college students, living on campus or off campus, will be welcome to attend all offered face-to-face classes at Heritage during the fall semester while following PPE and physical distancing requirements.

A new fall academic calendar will be released to students on Friday, August 7. All scheduled courses will be offered this fall through the college; however, delivery formats, time slots and rooms will need to be adjusted accordingly.

Note: Classes that fall under Section 2 in myHeritage are not approved for OSAP funding.

Heritage Theological Seminary Moves Online for the Fall Semester

As for the seminary, we plan to deliver all of our courses online. Students will access weekly pre-recorded or livestream lectures and attend regular online discussion groups. Professors are preparing to deliver these courses in a manner that maintains high academic standards, facilitates an outstanding learning experience, and contributes to students’ life and ministry goals.

Note: Classes that fall under Section 2 in myHeritage are not approved for OSAP funding.

The Library, Student Learning Centre, and Bookstore Will Be Open

The library will be open this fall for several hours each afternoon (Monday to Friday). As with the entire campus, the necessary protocols will be in place to ensure everyone’s well-being. We are currently developing our online library resources, so as to ensure that students have access to all they need to excel.

The Student Learning Centre will also continue to operate in some capacity this fall, in order to provide students with the support they need to develop their research and writing skills.

The Heritage Bookstore will also publish the fall semester’s textbook list in early August. Textbooks for the fall will be made available through Heritage’s online bookstore.

Please stay updated on future announcements surrounding on-campus learning on Heritage College & Seminary’s Fall 2020 website.

Living on Campus – A New Residence Model for Fall 2020

For the fall semester, Heritage residence rooms will be coordinated on a new model that will see each bedroom in an apartment become a single occupancy. As we continue to evaluate the guidelines from public health and government officials, double-occupancy rooms may be considered when it is considered safe for Heritage students.

This plan will allow Heritage to continue offering college students with a positive and safe student experience while continuing or beginning their studies on campus.

Students who will live on campus will be required to follow new guidelines surrounding living on residence which will include:

  • Open Dorm times will not be made available for the fall semester. All students will be required to stay in their designated residence apartments and buildings throughout the semester.
  • New cleaning guidelines are currently being established to help students maintain a clean and safe living environment for all on campus at Heritage.
  • Students will be encouraged to stay on campus as much as possible during the fall semester in order to ensure the safety of the entire Heritage community. Limited essential trips will be allowed for students living on campus with the agreement that students follow public health guidelines during these outings.
  • One full residence apartment will be left empty for the fall in the event that there is a need to quarantine students during the semester.

Plans for Residence Student Should Someone Test Positive for COVID-19

If a student living on campus tests positive with COVID-19 this fall, they will be quarantined in a separate apartment in one of the residence buildings. Students will also be required to have a plan to relocate off campus if they become sick with COVID-19.

Other students living in residence will continue to have their health monitored regularly throughout the semester.

Confirmation Process for Residence in Fall 2020

With the new residence model for the fall semester, students who have already been accepted into residence will have to reconfirm their interest in living on campus within this revised plan.

Students that have applied to residence will receive an email and survey from Student Services that will require a response by Wednesday, July 15.

If you have any questions about the new plan for residence, please be in contact with DJ Mudde, Dean of Student Services, at dmudde@heritagecs.edu.

The Student Experience at Heritage – Student Life This Fall  

Heritage College & Seminary has become known for offering students a foundational, life-changing student experience – providing a positive environment focused on the personal and spiritual growth of each and every student.

This fall, Heritage is working hard to continue to serve students and provide the best student experience possible. 

Impact Groups

During the fall semester, Impact Groups at Heritage will play a larger role in the student life experience for those studying both on and off campus.

All college students will be encouraged to join an Impact Group in order to build a healthy community surrounding God and His Word. First year students will be added into Impact Groups starting in September, while returning students will be welcome to join groups at the beginning of the semester in order to participate in discipleship and community life at Heritage.

Details surrounding the format and structure of Impact Groups this fall are currently being planned and coordinated. For questions on Impact Groups at Heritage this fall, please contact DJ Mudde, Dean of Student Services, dmudde@heritagecs.edu.

Chapel  

For the fall semester, there will be only one Heritage Chapel service each week that can be attended in person by students, staff, and faculty. Each Chapel will also be available by livestream.

In keeping with the current guidelines, the Chapel will be rearranged in order to establish proper physical distancing and gathering requirements.

Counselling at Heritage

Plans are being made to continue offering counselling services to our student body through either virtual meetings or face-to-face meetings with students following physical distancing and PPE requirements. 

Student Council Activities

Student Council has already been looking ahead to the fall semester, planning and talking about a number of different events and activities starting this September. This group of students are committed to helping provide Heritage students with a safe and excellent student experience this fall and are looking forward to seeing everyone in September.

The H Community Centre and The Bean

To create a positive space for students throughout the fall semester, plans are being made to keep The H Community Centre and The Bean Café open as much as possible. The space will require physical distancing is followed, along with proper hand hygiene and capacity. 

Athletics and Intramurals

Different sports and activities are currently being reviewed for the upcoming fall semester in order to see what can be coordinated while following the appropriate guidelines from public health officials.

Cafeteria

Plans are currently being made to once again reopen the cafeteria at Heritage for the fall semester in a way that adheres to the guidelines from public health within the existing operating hours.

Providing a Safe Workplace  

Once Heritage College & Seminary is given the appropriate approval to reopen operations on campus, the school will be implementing a phased in approach in an effort to return to work safely.

Staff Returning to Work  

Leading up to September, more Heritage staff may voluntarily return to their offices to begin preparing to serve and support students. Employees who choose to continue to work remotely throughout the summer and into the fall will be given the option to do so with proper coordination with the appropriate supervisors.

All students, staff and faculty of Heritage College & Seminary will also be required to monitor their health regularly and to stay home if they are feeling ill or experiencing minor symptoms at any time.

Course Delivery and Revised Schedules for Fall 2020

Course Delivery and Revised Schedules for Fall 2020

August 12, 2020

Heritage College & Seminary has recently released its new and revised schedules for both College and Seminary classes this fall semester.  

For students enrolled in the College, the new schedule will provide more details surrounding on-campus and online class delivery this year, along with further details on how Heritage will be providing live streaming options for on-campus courses.

Seminary students will also find more information on how online course delivery will work for the upcoming semester.

New and returning students are encouraged to visit myHeritage and their email for the most up to date information about classes this fall.

Find the revised College and Seminary schedules below:

Revised College Schedule for Fall 2020

Revised Seminary Schedule for Fall 2020

Course Change and Late Registration Form

For more details surrounding class delivery, attendance policy, and registration information, please read below:

Fall 2020 – Course Delivery Update

Dr. Rick Reed Launches New Preacher to Preacher Podcast

Dr. Rick Reed, President of Heritage College & Seminary, has recently launched Preacher to Preacher – a new weekly podcast focused on equipping preachers and teachers to grow in their gifts.

This new podcast, launched on October 20, will provide encouragement and wisdom to preachers each week with the goal of building up those who want to get noticeably better as teachers of God’s Word.

In the first episode, Dr. Reed will be talking about right sizing your expectations each time one goes to preach.

To find this new podcast and subscribe, you will be able to find Preacher to Preacher with Rick Reed on Spotify, Apple, Google, and at DiscoverHeritage.ca/Podcasts.

Longing to Find Rest in Christ

Dr. Carolyn Weber, Professor of English Studies at Heritage College & Seminary, believes that we all are defined by longing. This universal human condition is something that she has not only experienced personally but is also something that she sees continually in culture as people search for fulfillment all the wrong places – especially when it comes to relationships, intimacy, and sex.

Out of a desire to remind readers that there is another way, Weber was inspired to write her latest memoir, Sex and the City of God: A Memoir of Love and Longing.

Weber explains that her interest in the topic of longing began after her own conversion. as she began to see in retrospect how much of her own aches, desire, or, as C.S. Lewis termed it, “sehnsucht” was pointing her to something bigger. This was God.

This fascination with longing was what led her to focus academically on the Romantic writers of the 18th and 19th century who were defined by this “infinite longing”. However – through her study of authors like Goethe, Wordsworth, Blake, Coleridge, and the Shelleys – she began to see a deeper longing in all people.

“I began to see how this longing very much characterized just about everything we searched for in life: companionship, achievement, belonging, safety, refuge, peace,” says Weber. “Augustine’s famous claim then took on a very personal and relevant meaning for me: ’You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.’”

Looking back on years of conversations with friends, students, participants at women’s events, and her own children, Weber says that she began to see how culture has been looking to everything else but God to meet this sense of longing.  When it came to relationships, marriage, and sex, she has become increasingly concerned that people are bombarded with sexual information yet no relational wisdom and no way to think bigger about love and how best to love.

“As my children grew older, I wanted them to see more than the world shows them: I wanted them to understand marriage as a place that is not immune to the fallen world – nowhere on this side of heaven is – but that it can be a safe place to grow, and to forgive and be forgiven, and to taste grace intimately,” says Weber. “And that regardless of our worldly relationship status, we are married first to Christ, and therefore should be thinking of responding to him first, looking to him first.”

Through reflecting on her own life after studying at Oxford University and her personal faith journey, Weber seeks to explore what our lives can look like when we choose to love God first in this new memoir.

Weber states that her hopes for this new work are to see those who are looking at anyone or anything other than God to meet their deepest needs to be lovingly encouraged to revisit the First Commandment and find relief and peace. Rather than fulfilling needs in people or actions at the cost of hurting or exploiting other people, she desires that readers of this book may discover the truth that finding our identity in Christ ultimately means we live in relationship, and so in responsibility, to other people.

“God has to be our First Love, or else the bottom of everything really does fall out; the bucket has an endless hole,” says Weber. “We are our brother’s and sister’s keeper, and a keeper of our hearts as well, and that’s an immense privilege that relationship reminds us of and points us to with our heart’s homecoming in God.”

To learn more about Sex and the City of God, click here.

The Andrew Fuller Centre for Baptist Studies Lecture Welcomes Dr. Carolyn Weber

Register today for this year’s Andrew Fuller Centre for Baptist Studies Lecture by visiting DiscoverHeritage.ca/AFC2020.

How are longing, desire, love and joy indicative of the redemptive relationship for which we were eternally made?

Award-winning author and Professor of English Studies at Heritage College & Seminary Dr. Carolyn Weber will look at this deep and relevant question during the second annual Andrew Fuller for Baptist Studies Lecture being held online on Friday, October 30 starting at 7:30pm.

In her lecture entitled The Great Divorce and The Even Greater Marriage: C.S. Lewis and the Bright Lady, Weber will be looking carefully at Lewis’ work The Great Divorce in order to examine the unbearable beauty of grace within the holy ordering of our loves.

Dr. Weber’s memoir, Surprised by Oxford, has received critical acclaim and was awarded the Grace Irwin Award, the largest award for Christian writing in Canada. Her latest book Sex and the City of God: A Memoir of Love and Longing looks closely at the topic of longing and seeks to explore what our lives can look like when we choose to love God first through her own life.

Watch this year’s lecture now on our YouTube page:

Cassandra and Jon Talabis Awarded the 2020 Elsie M. Lawson Awards

Cassandra and Jon Talabis have been awarded this year’s Elsie M. Lawson Awards.

Named in honour of long-time secretary of London Baptist Bible College and Seminary, the Elsie M. Lawson Awards are the highest awards given by the college in recognition of the male and female students who exhibit a balanced godly life and character. The award has been donated by Mary Ellen Bloomfield.

Franklin Vander Meulen, Assistant Professor and Director of Intercultural Studies at Heritage College & Seminary, explains that since Cassandra began her studies at Heritage as a part of The SERVE.experience Japan team, she has continued to bless others – locally, globally and here at Heritage as a long-time member and President of Student Council.

“Cassie has a wonderful balance of stability and steadfastness together with joyful enthusiasm for life and ministry,” explains Mr. Vander Meulen. “She loves the Lord and has a heart for people, particularly those living without knowledge of the gospel.”

“She has contributed much to the life and community at Heritage, has been successful academically, and is held in high regard by faculty and students alike, and is well-deserving of this award.”

Dr. Doug Thomson, Director of Music & Worship Studies at Heritage College & Seminary, sees Jon as an excellent recipient of the award and wanted to encourage him to continue to live a life trusting in God’s presence wherever he goes. (Joshua 1:9)

“Jon has proven himself to be a man of God, a good example and encouragement to others, a fine musician, and a hard worker,” says Dr. Thomson. “Hold fast to God and to the truth and I am sure that God will lead you into an exciting future and use you mightily for the Kingdom.”

“I am so proud of you for the man you have become and for winning the highest award at Heritage. I know you will go on to do great things.”

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2020 – to watch Online Graduation 2020 ceremony click here.

Christian Clement-Schlimm Awarded the 2020 Jack Scott Award

The Jack Scott Award is the highest award of recognition given each year to a student graduating from a degree program at Heritage Theological Seminary – named in honour of former president of Central Baptist Seminary, Dr. Jack Scott.

The award is given to a student that not only excelled academically throughout their time at the seminary, but also demonstrated a devotion to ministry and deep Christian character.

This year’s recipient of the Jack Scott Award is Master of Divinity graduate Christian Clement-Schlimm.

For Dr. Barry Howson, Academic Dean of Heritage Theological Seminary, Clement-Schlimm’s desire to learn and his heart to serve Christ makes him deserving of this year’s Jack Scott Award.

“I first met Christian on a trip to England just prior to his tenure at Heritage for his Master of Divinity, and it was apparent then that he had both a heart and a mind to serve Christ,” says Dr. Howson.  “He has been an excellent student, and this is only matched by his devotion to serving Christ through his academics as he continues his studies toward a PhD.”

Dr. Ian Vaillancourt, Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Heritage Theological Seminary, remembers first meeting Clement-Schlimm in his Old Testament Introduction and Theology class and recognizing his passion for both academics and ministry.

“It soon became apparent that he has a love for the local church, and that he is an extremely thorough, thoughtful student,” explains Dr. Vaillancourt. “Through his years at Heritage—and through four or five additional classes with me—it was a delight to watch him mature in his love for the Lord and his ability to handle his word, and it is definitely fitting that he has received this highest academic award at the seminary.”

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2020 – to watch Online Graduation 2020 ceremony click here.