It happens every time at graduation! You see it in their eyes. Each graduate crosses the stage, receives their hood and degree, and shakes my hand. You can feel it in their hands – a holy anticipation of the next chapter of their lives. Each student brings a unique story to their studies. Faculty, staff and fellow students speak into their lives, educating and forming them for the future. Graduation is not just the end of this chapter of their lives but the beginning of a new one. I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am for your vital participation in forming these students.
Students come with a common faith commitment to Christ and a desire to explore and deepen that faith as they live out their call to vocation. They want to make a difference in the world. Desiring to be what Jesus called “salt and light in the world,” they will to do it.
This is why the stories in this Annual Impact Report are so important. They are just a sample of Tyndale graduates making a difference around the world. There are numerous other examples. It is no wonder the tagline we use to describe what we do at Tyndale is, “We are the people, who shape the people, who change the world.” As true as this statement is, it only happens if our graduates leave and engage the new chapters of their lives with the transformative learning they experienced during their time with us.
When they leave, they become our letters of reference – living letters that affirm the impact that Tyndale has had on their lives. They are in business, pastoral ministry, leading Christian organizations, studying at graduate school and working in a variety of professions. They are spread out in over 50 countries all over the world, and they are making a difference. Recently we did a study of Christian organizations and institutions of higher education in Canada and realized that over 85% of these places have some kind of Tyndale connection. You make this amazing impact possible!
As we enter our 121st year of being a vibrant, diverse and dynamic community of learning, the same desire and passionate faith fuels the student body, faculty teaching and community life. Tyndale is a place where people from a variety of places come together for a unique educational experience that takes place both in classrooms and in the informal community of coffee conversation, late night dialogues, prayer and worship. When students leave, they are never the same.
We have made the move. The Bayview campus is now a reality and while this beautiful new place will provide an exciting setting for us to fulfil our educational mission, the historical motivation and faithful foundations are still at work. They make transformation possible. Thank you for your prayers and support as we seek to be all God has called us to be.
Gary V. Nelson, DMin
President and Vice Chancellor
Tyndale University College & Seminary