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Evangel – Christmas 2016


Dr. Stan HeltonIn education, we often speak of learning outcomes. Every course we teach, every program we offer, and even the whole of what we do at Alberta Bible College can be framed in terms of learning outcomes. By these outcomes we are seeking to answer, “What kind of person is being formed through these experiences of learning?”

Potter with clayPaul had a particular learning outcome in mind for the study of Scripture. In 2 Timothy 3:14–4:2, he gives Timothy the following instructions which also inform our work at ABC.

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Paul believed that when we study Scripture, God is seeking a specific outcome (or result): that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (cf. Ephesians 2:10).

The best measure of the teaching and learning at Alberta Bible College is that people are equipped for every good work. ABC continues in the deep tradition of Christian spiritual formation by seeking to equip people for effective service and witness for Christ.

Stan is the current president of ABC, and has recently joined us with his wife, Pat Helton. They have one daughter Rachel, who is married. She and her husband just finished a short-term mission trip to Zambia. Rachel is completing her Masters in Theology through Abilene Christian University. Stan has earned degrees from Oklahoma Christian University (BA), Abilene Christian University (MS, MDiv, DMin), and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (ThM, PhD). He has served in a variety of ministry settings including New Orleans and Chicago; he taught for six years at Western Christian College in Regina, Saskatchewan where he also served as Dean. Pat is a teacher whose specialty is Adapted Physical Education. She has served people with special needs most of her career, most recently among the urban poor of New Orleans. Stan and Pat are excited to have returned to Canada and seeing what God will do with them next in this mission.