Here is a copy of a brief statement I presented today at the Evangelical Free Church of America’s ONE Conference in New Orleans regarding Trinity Western University. I am not smart enough to actually write anything down ahead of time, so I think this is the reconstruction of it, essentially word-for-word. I share it here because I believe in this school, and I just want you to celebrate it with me!
Good afternoon, Friends. My name is Matthew St. John and I am the senior pastor of Bethel Church in Fargo, North Dakota, and am a member of the Board of Governors of your Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia.
This afternoon I want to tell you that the fifty-one year old Trinity Western University has been and remains one of the crown jewels within the Evangelical Free Church movement. Trinity Western University remains fully committed to its unique call to be an arm of the Church geared to develop godly men and women who will change the world in the name of Jesus Christ.
Trinity Western University is a school for which you should be exceedingly grateful and of which you may be very proud.
This year . . . this year Trinity Western University boasts 1,850 students spread across 42 undergraduate degree programs. We enjoy several important schools within the university, including the School of Human Kinetics; the School of Business; the School of Education; the School of Arts, Media and Culture; the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences; and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Moreover, we have a terrific seminary consortium. And even as we speak Trinity Western University is in the process of trying to establish the first Christian law school in the entire nation of Canada, no small effort in the largely secular Canadian society.
Trinity Western University hosts a world-class leadership development institute just blocks away from Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, where students are infused with timeless biblical principles by which they might influence media, politics, culture, and so much more as godly leaders.
Trinity Western University also hosts 16 graduate degrees. As you can see, if you are part of the Trinity Western community, then you have a front row seat to watching God do remarkable things in men and women who come from all over the world to develop as godly agents of change for the unique realms to which God calls them.
This year Trinity Western University is experiencing important transition. After seven years as president of Trinity Western University, Dr. Jonathan Raymond has chosen to retire. During this transition period Trinity Western University finds itself in the capable hands of Bob Kuhn, an esteemed Christian statesman and alumnus serving as interim president. I know that Bob relishes your prayers as he seeks to celebrate the precious gift of trust and the powerful mission to which Trinity Western University has been called. Let me ask you to pray, too, for those of us responsible for finding the new president to take us forward into the future. We know that that individual is safely tucked in the hollow of the hand of the Living God, and in God’s time he will open up his hand and reveal to us who that will be.
My friend Dwight Johnson is here at the EFCA Conference, representing TWU in the display area here in the convention center. After we are done I want you to stop by that booth, shake Dwight’s hand, and say to him, “Dwight, please tell me more about this remarkable university!” If you cannot get connected to Dwight, then pull me aside and ask me. I would love to tell you more about this extraordinary school, and why it is you can celebrate it.
Thank you so much for your encouragement, prayers and support. These things that you give are making a difference—a Kingdom difference. And we at Trinity Western University do not take that for granted!