I hope you share my excitement about what is happening at Tyndale. This really has been an amazing year. Your generous investment has made it possible.
We took possession of the Bayview campus on April 1, 2013. The Sisters of St. Joseph graciously handed over the keys encouraging us to continue in our educational mission as a Christian university and seminary. This mission continues to deepen and we often stand in wonder at what God is doing.
Programs are expanding, and increasingly students are making Tyndale a first choice for undergraduate studies. The five new ministry minors that have been implemented allow a student to study in an undergraduate major while focusing on a ministry minor that they will be able to use in their church. Imagine a graduate who studied for a BA in Psychology and at the same time was equipped for practical ministry to children! The Seminary is extending its reach with its new fully online MTS degree. Our newly formed Open Learning Centre continues to find new ways to support and engage people in practical and non-credit based educational formation. There are 285 participants in the Open Learning Centre representing 15 different ethnic groups with an international presence in the US, Nigeria and other countries. Imagine the possibilities!
The 2013–2014 year brings more excitement. The challenges are daunting as we transform the architecturally beautiful old convent and girls’ high school into a functional, modern post-secondary campus. When we are finished, the tools, technology, and space for students to be supported in their spiritual and academic formation will be in place. We are moving carefully and prayerfully as we take on the needed financing for this project. We continue to walk in a 119-year tradition of obeying God’s call, following boldly in the path He has set before us. Read this report as someone who made it all possible. We couldn’t do this without you.
Dr. Gary V. Nelson
President and Vice Chancellor
Tyndale is a Christian university college and seminary that prepares people for work in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, ministry, and the global mission of the Church. Tyndale offers fully accredited programs in a wide range of disciplines at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate students may study towards a BEd, BA, and BRE degree or a certificate in Christian Studies. Graduate level education includes a doctor of ministry degree; master’s degrees in divinity, theological studies, or theology, and a graduate diploma in Christian Studies, Missions, or Spiritual Formation. Currently, there are more than 1,600 students representing over 40 denominations and 60 ethnic backgrounds and nearly 11,000 alumni.
"I am really glad that Tyndale had this event. I think many students were unaware that a lot of our tuition is supported by donations. I didn’t know this either. Thank you, this is a huge blessing!” said a second-year seminary student at Tyndale’s first Tuition Free Forward Day on February 27, 2013. The day recognized and celebrated your generosity with food, games, and ways for students to say thank you.
On April 1, 2013, Tyndale officially took possession of its new Bayview campus. This is an important step in the growth of Tyndale and its consolidation into one campus. Dr. Gary V. Nelson says, “Our dream is that it will provide an environment that enhances academic programs, inspires students to live out their faith and engage with the communities of Toronto.” He also reiterated that this dream became a reality because of donors’ belief and generosity.
The BEd program has been on the Bayview campus for the past 5 years and has one of the highest
hiring rates in the industry. The first graduating class shows the results:
Are you changing the world? The answer is YES.
Tyndale continues to grow in its program offerings. Students in the Bachelor of Arts program can now pursue a ministry minor to complement their major. These exciting options include Children’s Ministry, Intercultural Studies, Music and Worship Ministry, Pastoral Ministry, and Youth Ministry. The University College also introduced a co-op option for Business Administration students to effectively provide practical applications of their classroom learning. The Seminary introduced an MTS Indigenous Studies track this past year,offered in partnership with the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies. Students will gain a multidisciplinary understanding of Indigenous theology and appropriate applications taught by Indigenous professors.
To further improve accessible theological education, the new Newfoundland Extension program offers two graduate courses in Newfoundland each year. Students worldwide can earn a Tyndale degree as the Seminary now provides a fully online two-year Master of Theological Studies degree.
More than 120 Tyndale seminary students have graduated each year since 2009.
"Whether you teach in a secular system or in a Christian system, you do not need to tell the kids you are a Christian… but they know! They know because you’ve been instructed and taught and this belief in Jesus is spread through your teaching even if you don’t say His name – but if you use your Christian values and incorporate them into your classroom, students learn and they learn to grow as individuals."
Steven De Souza [BEd 2010]
Your gift means that people in various walks of life are affected because you believe in Tyndale’s students. Tyndale’s graduates and programs are making an impact:
Raymond and Lois Nelles have been donating to Tyndale for more than 50 years. Raymond explains, "I see Tyndale as valuable because of the cross-section of students from many different denominational and cultural backgrounds - what they are able to learn and then go out into the world."
As loyal donors, the couple has helped thousands of students graduate from the school through its changes in name and location over the years. Still, Tyndale continues the same mission, so Raymond and Lois continue to be faithful supporters.
Lois reveals how their support of the school includes regularly remembering Tyndale in their prayers. This goes beyond the couple’s home. “When news comes out from Tyndale," she shares it with their church prayer group.
"They say in the Bible the Lord loves a cheerful giver, and I guess I classify myself something like that…I want to share,” says Raymond. The couple’s desire to share means they have included Tyndale in their estate plans because, as Raymond says with a grin, "I have helped these groups out in my life and would like to leave them one last shot."
When you give to Tyndale’s students, you help prepare them for their future studies in schools such as:
"One of the global things that I like to do is to ask my people to support Tyndale…you are basically affecting the international scene. In the coming times, leadership is extremely important…[Tyndale] is a university that trains godly leaders."
Sam Chan [MDiv 1982]
Senior Pastor, Richmond Hill Christian Community Church
God is at work at Tyndale in amazing ways! Student enrollment has grown from 1,156 in 2009 to 1,311 this past year. We have new academic programs that continue to expand Tyndale’s reach. Non-credit courses, seminars, and conferences are being offered live and online through the Tyndale Open Learning Centre. This means that operating revenues have grown from $13.7 million in 2009 to $15.8 million in 2013. The new Bayview campus is now in the first phase of renovations to convert it into a modern, post-secondary academic facility.
Times of growth and development often bring challenges. Operating costs have grown from $13.7 million in 2009 to $16.4 million in 2013, as faculty and administrative staff and support services have increased in light of the needs of two campuses and new programs. The Ballyconnor property has been sold with an October 2014 closing to provide enough time for a smooth transition to the Bayview campus. Until then, Tyndale will bear the operating expenses of both campuses plus short-term financing costs from renovations to transform Bayview from a convent to a contemporary campus. Due to such incremental costs, Tyndale incurred its first operating loss in over 15 years in 2013.
*Fall enrollment numbers for fiscal year ending April 30.
Tyndale will continue to operate as prudently and responsibly as possible, just as it has over the past 15 years. Based upon 2013 – 2014 student recruitment and other budgetary assumptions, Tyndale would be operating at a surplus if it were not for these incremental costs. Further operating losses are anticipated until the close of the Ballyconnor campus in October 2014. To minimize this, expenses are being carefully managed and the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s lease for the high school portion of the Bayview campus has been extended to 2015. Additional revenue streams are being developed. These are exciting times! God is at work at Tyndale. Please join us in helping make it happen!
As we embark on this transformational journey, we ask you to continue walking boldly with us. Hold us in your prayers. Bless and inspire our students by supporting our scholarships and bursaries. Our past shows us that the future will be inspiring–be a part of it.
Download a PDF version of the Tyndale 2012 - 2013 Annual Impact Report
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