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.

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.

Celebrate Online Graduation 2020 Today

To watch today’s Online Graduation 2020 at 10:30am – Click Here 

Graduates from the class of 2020 will join together online from their homes with their family and friends this Saturday – September 26 – to celebrate their accomplishments at this year’s Online Graduation 2020.

To acknowledge the hard work and growth of graduates of the college and seminary, Heritage will be premiering a special video graduation ceremony on the school’s YouTube channel. Students will be able to use the live chat to congratulate one another and watch with other members of the Heritage community.

To honour the graduates, members of the faculty of Heritage College & Seminary have shared a number of congratulatory messages to the graduates and prayers for their future as they now enter the world as Heritage graduates. The ceremony will also include messages from our Valedictorian, Jack Scott Award winner, and a Graduation Address from President Dr. Rick Reed.

To watch this special presentation, join us Saturday, September 26 at 10:30am at YouTube.com/heritagecs.

Recognizing Christian Character and Leadership

Each year, before graduation, Heritage College & Seminary takes the time to recognize the godly character and academic achievement of both returning and graduating students. The Character Awards at Heritage acknowledge a number of college and seminary students for their leadership, character, and commitment to student life at the school.

Each of these students have been nominated and selected for these various awards by members of the Heritage community – the staff, faculty, and student leadership.

Before tomorrow’s Online Graduation 2020, Heritage would like to announce the winners of this year’s Character Awards:

  • The Marvin Brubacher Citizenship Awards: given to non-graduating students who have been actively involved in student life at Heritage and have exhibited godly character. These students have been nominated and voted on by the student leadership, staff and faculty of Heritage.
    • Awarded to: Mikhaela Trojek and Nadime Ayoub.
  • Delta Epsilon Chi, the Honour Society of the Association of Biblical Higher Education: nominated by the faculty of Heritage College, for academic achievement, Christian character and leadership.
    • Awarded to: Hannah Desroches, Miranda King, Phil Miller, and Daniel Popma.
  • & Mrs. Alex McCready Award: nominated to a returning student entering their final year, who exhibits godly character and academic achievement.
    • Awarded to: Jacob Tomc.

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

Congratulations to This Year’s Pastoral Ministry Award Recipients

At the core of Heritage’s Pastoral Studies programs is a conviction to equip pastors who are prepared to shepherd the church with hearts that love, obey, and teach God’s Word. Each year, we recognize students from both the college and the seminary who both demonstrate a commitment to the ministry of pastoral care and serve the church for the glory of God.

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Pastoral Awards at Heritage College & Seminary:

  • Lehman Strauss Expository Preaching & Teaching Award: for outstanding work in the college Homiletics program.
    • Awarded to: Phil Miller.
  • College Pastoral Ministry Award: a student who shows significant gifts for and commitment to a ministry of pastoral care.
    • Awarded to: Joshua McCallum.
  • Jack H. Watt Pastoral Ministry Award: a seminary student who show significant gifts for and commitment to a ministry of pastoral Care.
    • Awarded to: Josh Brake.
  • Heritage Seminary Preaching Award: for outstanding work in the seminary Homiletics program.
    • Awarded to: Nathan Weber.
  • The Steve Baxter Pastoral Leadership Award: a returning seminary student pursuing or engaged in vocational pastoral ministry and who demonstrates exceptional servant leadership.
    • Awarded to: David Carter.

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

Celebrating This Year’s Missions and Evangelism Awards

One of the main purposes of Heritage College & Seminary is to prepare and equip its students for a life on mission for Jesus. It is for this reason that Heritage celebrates the graduating students who have displayed a heart for sharing the love of Christ locally and globally, while encouraging their peers to also engage in God’s mission in the world.

As a part of our celebrations for Online Graduation 2020, we are announcing this year’s winners of the missions and evangelism awards.

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

  • The ABWE Missions Award: a student who has a heart for and practical experience in cross-cultural missions, and who has consistently and enthusiastically encouraged other students to engage in God’s mission in the world.
    • Awarded to: Cassandra Blundell.
  • Norman W. Pipe Evangelism Award: a student who exhibits a contagious Christian lifestyle, passionately sharing the love of Christ and the message of the Gospel through words and deeds.
    • Awarded to: Isaiah Bennett.
  • The Craig Simmons Missions Award: a student who transcends the boundaries of culture and comfort in seeking to reach the world for Christ.
    • Awarded to: Austin Fitch.

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