Learning That Lasts

Evangel – Fall 2015


recently crashed the reunion of ABC Alumni who had attended “Before Boyd” (Lammiman) in 1967. I say “crashed” because my first semester was his first year as President. Charlene Graffunder, President of ABC’s Alumni, beautifully planned the event.

Alumni remembered teaching styles, strange dorm food, stranger volleyball styles (in a room with fourteen foot ceilings!), and classes in the Gospels, logic, hermeneutics, and Greek. They recounted scrapes with legalism and a few scars of dogmatism. But mostly they remembered how ABC continued to bless them. They recounted the persistence of those now gone. Several unable to attend sent their greetings. Allan Dunbar read a letter from his Dad (Marvel) now 99 years old. He remarked how proud he was to be counted with his 1941 graduating class: Ed and Mary (Chapman) Dunbar, and his twin sister Marie (Dunbar) Rempel.

Listening, I discerned how 1) the ABC experience marked alumni indelibly; and, 2) how they each had long fruitful ministries. Certainly Dr. C. H. Phillips’ vision of a “classical English Bible” program leading to “a gathering of the church,” continues to impact us. Imagine this, ABC’s graduates today could serve beyond 2050. If “a long obedience in the same direction” is to be theirs, how important is today’s dream for ABC’s academic program?

Participation in the mission of God, as portrayed in the Bible, is central. The first effort priority in ABC’s strategic plan is “To transform learners for effective, Biblically based service.” The Scriptures tell how our loving Father is reconciling the world to himself through his Son. The unimagined possibilities of healing, transformation, and life lived with Jesus is good news! Such transformation is life-giving to ourselves and to those we bring his presence to in our world. So we dream of hundreds who testify with Paul: the love of Christ controls me (2 Cor 5:14) because Jesus Christ is at the center of God’s mission. He is our text!

Dr. Fraser is the Director of Learning Services as well as a professor who specializes in New Testament and Christian history; theological pedagogy; and social ethics in contemporary education. He credentials include B. Th. ’73 Alberta Bible College; B. Ed. ’73 University of Calgary; M.C.S. ’86 Regent College; Ed. D. ’08, University of Alberta Academic.

Ron has also published extensively: From Tinkering to Transformation: Christian Ministry in an Age of Secularism (1993, Lectures of the College of Churches of Christ in Canada. Published by the College of Churches of Christ in Canada); A History of the Restoration Movement in Canada (2008, as in Foster, Blowers, Dunnavant, and Williams, The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement. Eerdmans); Ron has also written numerous articles for the Christian Standard from 1989-2002 and the Alberta Bible College Evangel from 1982-2011.

His ministry activities include Alternative Dispute Resolution; Mediation Training and Peace Education; Ecclesial Leadership and Equipping Education Workships including Inspiring a Shared Vision through Appreciative Inquiry, Group Needs Assessment, Strategic Planning, Team Building, Growing and Empowering Influencers, etc.; Preaching.

In his spare time Ron enjoys hiking, woodworking, visiting with people.

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