Winnipeg, MB - May 27, 2015 - Over 75 campus leaders took part in the Christian Higher Education Canada (CHEC) National Forum, a joint conference with the Canadian Association of Christians in Student Development (CACSD) hosted by Canadian Mennonite University, May 25-27, 2015. Representatives from 17 CHEC-related institutions participated; a conference attended by representatives of 7 CHEC member seminaries preceded the Forum.
“The Forum provided opportunities for campus leaders to discuss key issues related to student formation, which is central to their mission as Christian post-secondary institutions,” remarked Dr. Stanley Porter, President of McMaster Divinity College and board chair of CHEC.
CHEC’s Executive Director, Dr. Justin Cooper, noted the conference’s tone was set very well in the keynote address by Dr. Gary Stratton, Dean of Arts and Sciences and University Professor of Spiritual Formation and Worldview at Johnson University in Knoxville TN.
"Dr. Stratton challenged us to more fully recognize the interrelated intellectual and spiritual dimensions of our educational task and how they are strengthened through prayer and the power of the Spirit,” said Dr. Cooper. “This helped to foster significant conversations that will advance the excellence and spiritual depth of education offered on our member campuses.”
Other highlights from the Forum’s events included addresses by Dr. Shirley Hoogstra, President of the Council of Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), a North American association of 120 institutions based in Washington DC and by Dr. Lee Beach, Smith Professor of Ministry Formation at McMaster Divinity College.
The Forum concluded with the presentation of the Christian Leadership Award in Higher Education, to Dr. Paul Magnus, President Emeritus of Briercrest College & Seminary, followed by Dr. Magnus’s stirring address. Dr. Magnus has been engaged in leadership roles and leadership instruction within and beyond the Christian higher education community for over four decades. In addition to pastoring two churches and long service at Briercrest, he has held the Bernardo Family Chair of Leadership at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. He has also served the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada in various volunteer roles for over 25 years, most recently as their board chair, and played a key role in the formation of CHEC in 2005.
CHEC is a non-profit association of Canadian higher education institutions working together to further the CHEC mission - which is to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of Christian higher education at member schools, including fostering institutional cooperation and raising public awareness of the value of Christian higher education in Canada. For more information please visit the website at: www.checanada.ca.