ACTS graduates the next generation of pastoral ministry: Governor General’s award winner develops culturally meaningful Christian music

Langley, B.C.—On Saturday, April 17th, fifty-six graduates of the ACTS Seminaries of Trinity Western University—a consortium of six seminaries—donned their caps and gowns, received their graduate degrees and transitioned from seminary to ministry. Held at Sevenoaks Alliance Church in Abbotsford, the sixteenth annual commencement exercises featured speaker Franklin Pyles, PhD, president of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada, as the featured speaker.

Graduating with a Master of Applied Linguistics and Exegesis, April Longenecker of Northwest Ontario was honoured with the Governor General’s Gold Medal, an award presented on behalf of the Governor General of Canada and given to the school’s top master’s graduate.

“It’s a great honour to receive the award,” says Longenecker who has worked with Wycliffe Bible Translators for over four years. “My heart's desire is to give God the glory in all of this for his abundant grace.”

Longenecker has been working in partnership with Songs to the Creator, the music department of North American Indian Ministries (NAIM) in Campbell River, B.C. Serving people primarily from the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations, Longenecker has been helping develop culturally meaningful Christian music. She looks forward to contributing in the same partnership on Vancouver Island.

During the ceremony, Lauren Berg, Master of Divinity graduate, shared a moving testimony of his experience in seminary. He recognized that for many graduates, their achievement would not have been possible without “the sacrifice and support of spouses.” For him, the “grammar-checking” was very much a team effort in his household. And despite the daunting challenges they pose to students, Berg praised his instructors.

“I owe a debt of gratitude to them for their efforts and energies on my behalf,” he says. “Their passion for developing godly, Christian leaders for the church permeates all that they do.”

And those instructors continue to strengthen their reach as ACTS expands. To be officially announced this spring, ACTS recently approved the addition of Canadian Pentecostal Seminary (CPS) into the Consortium. CPS will now be in full partnership with Canadian Baptist Seminary, Canadian Theological Seminary, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, North Baptist Seminary, and Trinity Western Seminary.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,500 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 13 graduate degrees including counseling psychology, theology and administrative leadership

Last Updated: 2015-07-16
Author: Keela Keeping