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Alumni Success Story: Garth Williams

February 15, 2019

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Alumni Success Story: Garth Williams

Class of 1990
Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

After graduating from Crandall University (then ABC), I went on to complete my Master of Divinity at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, NS. While there, I was the Student Minister at Nixtaux Baptist Church.

Following my studies at ADC, I was called to serve in the Norton Baptist field (1993). During my years there, I married my wife, Heather, was ordained, had two sons, and started my Doctor of Ministry (Preaching) at Gordon Conwell under Dr. Haddon Robinson.

In December of 1999, during the Y2K fears, we moved to St. Stephen, NB to be the lead pastor at Union Street Atlantic Baptist Church. In one year alone, we baptized 26 people and almost doubled our congregational size. After almost 13 years there, I finally completed my Doctorate in 2003.

In October 2012, I was given the privilege of joining the Canadian Baptist of Atlantic Canada as one of the Associate Executive Ministers (Director of Leadership development) under the denominations restructuring. My current portfolio provides the opportunity to walk alongside those who are experiencing a call to ministry within the CBAC, as well as the daunting task of discipline, as I work closely with the Board of Ministerial Standards.

Now that we are empty nesters (both boys are in Ontario), we have filled our non-vocational time by volunteering with the local Junior A hockey team (St. Stephen Aces), where Heather is the Educational Coordinator, and I am the team Chaplain. Each week, we welcome over twenty-one 17-20 yr. olds into our home for a team dinner. The conversation is usually interesting, and an opportunity for ministry is ample.

How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

When I think back to my time at Crandall, there were crucial aspects that prepared me for my future.

The first being that it provided a place in which I was prepared to listen for God’s call on my life. It was at Crandall where I wrestled with God calling me into ministry, and I was so glad that it was in an environment where I had other spiritual friends and staff that I could work this through with.

Secondly, Crandall gave me an opportunity to learn how to study. I was not a great High School student, and in fact, when I came to College I had few study skills. The advantage of having a low teacher to student ratio didn’t allow my marks to slide into oblivion, instead, it provided the opportunity to learn from the patient and competent professors.

Third, studying at Crandall provided the challenge that my life was not to be lived for myself, but was to be lived for the Glory of Christ by serving others both in the Church and out. The mission to my local community as a pastor-leader has always been a priority, and that was seeded during my years at Crandall.

Finally, Crandall gave me the opportunity to develop rich friendships that have lasted some thirty years now. In life, you will need those around you during both times of sorrow and joy. The friendships I made during those years have been unbelievably important along this beautiful journey of life.

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