Tyndale News - Year in Review
Dr. Marjory Kerr was welcomed into the Tyndale community as President and Vice Chancellor of Tyndale University on July 1, 2020. Dr. Kerr comes to Tyndale from Booth University College in Winnipeg. Dr. Kerr holds a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Waterloo and is a registered psychologist. A lifelong member of The Salvation Army, Dr. Kerr is committed to integrating her faith into her vocation as she continues to respond to God’s call in her life.
Tyndale University appointed Dr. Beth Green as Acting Provost & Chief Academic Officer on January 1, 2020. Reporting to the President, Dr. Green serves as Tyndale’s Chief Academic Officer, providing leadership and accountability for all academic matters. She is helping Tyndale create an integrative framework in which the Seminary, Undergraduate Studies and the Open Learning Centre will be able to collaborate and grow.
Effective January 1, 2020, Dr. Janet L. Clark, Senior Vice President Academic and Academic Dean of the Seminary, began a year-long sabbatical. Upon her return, Dr. Clark will step down from her role as the Seminary Academic Dean and will explore new ways to contribute to the mission of Tyndale.
Dr. Arnold Neufeldt-Fast, Associate Academic Dean, has been appointed interim Acting Dean of Tyndale Seminary during this period. Dr. Neufeldt-Fast has worked closely with Dr. Clark. Most recently, they completed the Tyndale Seminary self-study and coordinated the site visit for the Association of Theological Schools’ Commission on Accrediting which led to the successful reaccreditation through to 2029.
Tyndale’s undergraduate programs provide access to top graduate schools around the world and employment opportunities in many fields. Our Bachelor of Education program, for example, has an impressive reputation, and our teacher candidates are actively sought after. However, the term “University College” had proven difficult to explain and promote. And now that we are officially “Tyndale University,” there will be no confusion any more.
Tyndale Seminary, with its exceptional global reputation, will continue to be known by the same name.
Tyndale celebrated its 125th anniversary in September 2019, commemorating the incredible legacy of women and men who stepped into classrooms and were changed – our graduates who went all over the world and shaped lives and legacies in every walk of life. We celebrated the remarkable institution that God has used to influence students to live faithfully and vibrantly wherever they found themselves after graduation. On September 21, 2019, Tyndale welcomed alumni from its many years of history to celebrate a very special Homecoming.
Early this year, Tyndale announced its vision to establish the endowed Alister E. McGrath Chair of Christian Thought and Spirituality. The twofold focus of the Chair (Christian Thought and Spirituality) is a key theme in Dr. McGrath’s scholarship and is foundational to the educational ethos at Tyndale Seminary. The term “Christian Thought” includes, among other things, the reformation theologies that are an important stream within the transdenominational Christian heritage of Tyndale. The joint emphasis in the title underscores the inseparability of theology from the life and practice of faith.
Dr. Dennis Ngien, Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the ThM Program, was installed as the first holder of the Alister E. McGrath Chair of Christian Thought and Spirituality at Homecoming in September 2019.
Tyndale Seminary is pleased to introduce the new Pastoral Thanatology Program. The study of Thanatology revolves around the multifaceted aspects of the end-of-life process, including grief, bereavement, death and dying. Thanatologists examine the process of grieving, as well as attitudes towards death, from cultural, gender-specific and social contexts. Other areas include the rituals and ethical issues surrounding death and the biblical and spiritual resources to help those going through this phase.
Tyndale University appointed Wilma Nevers (MDiv 2007, RP, RMFT) as the new Director of the Tyndale Family Life Centre (FLC), effective July 1, 2019. Ms. Nevers assumed this role previously held by Dr. Marion Goertz, who concluded her visionary years of service at the end of June 2019. Previously, Ms. Nevers served as Manager of Tyndale Counselling Services and was closely involved in the centre’s planning and visioning from the beginning. She has worked alongside Sheila Stevens, Director of Tyndale Counselling Services, for many years.