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2022 Distinguished Alumni Award Presented

May 13, 2022

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2022 Distinguished Alumni Award Presented

The Crandall University Distinguished Alumni Award banquet is an annual event which is held to recognize outstanding alumni who have lived their lives as excellent representatives of Crandall in the world. This is the evening of the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Award, which was most recently held on Friday May 6, 2022.

The Distinguished Alumni Award celebrates the contributions Crandall alumni make to their communities and professions. It recognizes truly outstanding accomplishments of Crandall’s alumni in their personal and professional lives. Each year’s recipient(s) are selected from nominations received from the alumni community and approved by the University Senate.

For 2022, the recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award are Rev. Dr. Dennis Bustin and Rev. Dr. Daniel Goodwin.

Rev. Dr. Dennis Bustin

Dennis Charles Bustin, the second son of Donald and Peggy Bustin, was born and raised in Moncton, NB. He grew up attending Highfield Baptist Church and under the mentoring of key pastoral and lay leaders, developed in his Christian faith and call to ministry. Upon graduation from Moncton High School in 1982, Dennis decided to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies at Atlantic Baptist College (ABC), where he served on student ministry teams and in student government in various roles including Student Council President. He graduated in 1986. He married Diane (Ripley) the summer after he completed his BA and together they have two children, Jay and Abigail.

As a result of his desire to gain further education to equip himself for ministry, Dennis and Diane moved on to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary so that Dennis could pursue a Master of Divinity degree. During the summers while home from seminary, Dennis gained hands-on ministry experience while serving as a Student Summer Pastor with Dr. Allan Demond at Highfield Baptist Church. A few years later in 1989, Dennis’ time at Seminary was complete and he graduated magna cum laude. Deciding to stay in the greater Boston area for an additional year, Dennis completed a Master of Theology degree in Jewish and Greco-Roman Backgrounds to the New Testament at Harvard University in 1990.

Following this time in New England, Dennis and Diane returned home to the Moncton area to begin ministry at Riverview Baptist Church and teach courses in History and Biblical Studies at ABC. He was ordained by Riverview Baptist in October of 1991. Realizing the need for more education in order to fulfill his call to an academic career, Dennis and Diane moved again to Kingston, Ontario to enable Dennis to pursue his MA and PhD degrees at Queen’s University. He completed these in 1996 and 2003 respectively.

While completing his PhD, Dennis returned to Crandall to take on a full time role in the Crandall history department, working his way up to the rank of Associate Professor before completing his service in 2020. During his time at Crandall, Dennis was an active member on various committees, including the Spiritual Life committee. He also took an active role in chapel leadership for many years. Dennis was awarded the Stephen and Ella Steeves Excellence Award in Service in 2010.

Given to honour alumni for outstanding accomplishments, devoted service, and loyalty to Crandall University, this Distinguished Alumni Award is presented this 6th day of May, 2022 to Rev. Dr. Dennis Charles Bustin.

Rev. Dr. Daniel Goodwin

Daniel Corey Goodwin was born and raised in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, the middle child of Layton and Marie Greenwood Goodwin. He graduated from Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School in 1980. Through the influence of the “Jesus People”, his faith experience came alive and he developed the desire to grow in a Christian academic setting, which is what led him to ABC. While pursuing his Associate of Arts, he was involved with the college paper and was a school janitor. He also taught Sunday School at Lewisville Baptist Church, played guitar at local youth groups, and faithfully cheered on the ABC hockey team. Drs. Ralph Richardson, Seth Crowell, Stuart Murray, and Doug Mantz had a strong influence on his life as a young scholar.

After graduating from Crandall in 1982, Dan went on to Acadia University to pursue further studies, graduating with Bachelor of Arts (’84), Master of Arts (’86), and Master of Divinity (’89) degrees. He was awarded the Silver Medal in Theology in 1989. After completing his Master of Divinity he entered full time ministry at Lancaster Baptist Church in Saint John, serving as Youth Pastor for two years. He was ordained by Lancaster in 1990.
Recognizing his desire to serve God through the academy, he went on to Queen’s University to pursue PhD studies, studying under Drs. George Rawlyk and Jane Errington, graduating in 1996.

He was invited back to ABC to serve as Assistant Professor of History in 1994. Publishing various books and articles, becoming an excellent and relatable professor and serving Christ’s kingdom in the local church and wider community contributed to Dan being promoted through the ranks to full professor. He completed his service in 2014. Dan received the Stephen and Ella Steeves Excellence Awards on three occasions (Service ’08, Teaching ’09, Research ’14).

Dan is married to Dr. Cathy Rogers whom he met and taught with at Crandall University. They have four children and six grandchildren.

Dan was ordained as a Priest in the Anglican Diocese of Fredericton in 2014 and he serves as a volunteer Priest at St. George’s Anglican Church in downtown Moncton.

Given to honour alumni for outstanding accomplishments, devoted service, and loyalty to Crandall University, this Distinguished Alumni Award is presented this 6th day of May, 2022 to Rev. Dr. Daniel Corey Goodwin.

If you know a Crandall alum who is deserving of this award and would like to nominate them, please contact Alumni Relations to learn how.

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