Those Boots Again

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Evangel – Summer 2016


When I began my work with Alberta Bible College, I pointed to the boots of Ed Benoit as a symbol of the legacy and responsibility in which I would learn to walk as president. I knew I would fill the boots previously worn by the likes of C. H. Phillips, Melvin Breakenridge, Boyd Lammiman, and Ronald Fraser.

Ron Fraser FrameWhile the footprints of Phillips, Breakenridge, and Lammiman can still be sensed and felt in the fabric of ABC, those of Ron Fraser are everywhere—in the curriculum, in the handbooks, in the vocabulary— everywhere (including the roof—where I have yet to go). Ron has created some well-worn paths and because of those paths, I have confidence that I will not lose my way. Ron and those before us have marked the trail well.

I am privileged to have worked closely with Ron this past year. Because of Ron (and the team with which we work) I have not needed to learn every facet of the job at once. I have been able to travel among the churches without concern over the day-to-day operations of the college while giving attention to other important matters.

In mentoring me, Ron has praised me, coached me, corrected me, and cared for me. I don’t expect that to end any time soon. Truly, in the case of Ron, Isaiah was correct: “How beautiful … are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation… (Isaiah 52:7).

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.

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