Alumni Success Stories

Alumni Success Stories

    We take pride in what our alumni are doing around the world – here are some of their stories!

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    Rebecca Carter-Chand, PhD

    Class of 2001
    Bachelor of Arts in History, Honours
    (Published December 2018)

    What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

    Upon graduating from Crandall, I headed off to Queen’s University to complete a MA in European and Jewish history. After working and studying for a few years, I enrolled in the PhD program (History) at the University of Toronto, studying modern European and African history, as well as Jewish Studies. I defended my dissertation on the Salvation Army in Germany in 2015. I then taught at the University of Toronto, Lakehead University, Orillia, and the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University in Worcester, MA.

    In July 2018 I began a new position at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – truly, a dream job for me. I am a Program Officer for Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust in the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. Our office works with academics, clergy, religious representatives, and interfaith groups who come to the Museum to learn about this history and the lessons it may offer people today. I plan faculty seminars and research workshops, meet with students and clergy groups, and continue my own research and writing.

    How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

    The history courses I took at Crandall University and the mentorship of my professors gave me a solid foundation for continuing with graduate studies. The History major is falling out of favour in many universities but Crandall has had a long tradition of graduating fine young historians who have gone to various graduate programs and careers.

    My experience growing up in the Atlantic Baptist context has shaped my approach to my research on Christian minority groups in Germany in the 1930s and 40s. I have a religious literacy that is increasingly rare in my generation and I can interact easily with people from a wide array of faith traditions. Most importantly, I have a particular insider’s perspective of how religious identities and religious communities exist in larger cultural contexts. It is undoubtedly my Baptist upbringing (including my time at Crandall University) that continues to shape my intellectual queries about Christianity, politics, and conflict.


    Class of 2012
    Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management
    (Published November 2018)

    Frankie Young

    What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

    After graduating from Crandall University, I was accepted into the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan. I chose this law school because the Native Law Centre is located there, and I have a keen interest in legal issues related to Indigenous peoples. After graduating from the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan, I practiced law for several years in the areas of trusts, secured transaction, banking and finance, and litigation financing related to Indigenous peoples. I then obtained my Master of Laws in the area of the taxation issues related to Indigenous Settlement Trusts. I am currently completing my PhD at the University of Ottawa on the issue of secured transactions on First Nations lands. I am in the process of accepting a tenure track professor position, and plan to stay active in the legal community. I am also committed to volunteering my services at Pro Bono Services where we provide legal services to clients whose access to justice is limited by their low income status.

    My research areas relate to property law, commercial law, banking and finance, trusts, secured transactions and Indigenous legal issues. I truly hope more educational institutions are able to get on board with providing students with meaningful knowledge around Indigenous issues in this country. Many are not aware of the history of colonialism and the devastating impacts upon Indigenous peoples.

    How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

    As I look back I could not have appreciated more the value of acquiring education in a Christian environment where one is free to pray in the classroom and express faith openly. I acknowledge that I am absolutely nothing without Christ. Each step of my journey has been through the careful leading and prompting of my Saviour. It could never have unfolded as it has without the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Crandall University set the stage for developing solid research and writing skills. I really benefited from the fact that many of the courses in the Bachelor of Organizational Management program involved research and writing. As an adult learner I have never been particularly keen on exams but prefer to develop hands-on practical skills. The manner in which the courses were set up and classroom discussion served me well in this regard. I felt prepared for the rigorous law school journey.


    Class of 2013
    Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
    (Published October 2018)

    Thomas Morehouse and family

    What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

    After Crandall, I worked for a year and then went to the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University to pursue my JD degree. I graduated with my JD in May, 2017 and was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in June, 2018. Today, I am an associate with Blois, Nickerson & Bryson LLP in downtown Halifax. My practice is pretty general, but I am hoping to focus in the areas of criminal defence and civil litigation.

    Also, in June, 2018, I got married to my beautiful wife Brittany and became a father to my daughter Isabelle. Isabelle alternates between calling me Dad, Daddy, Tom, Tom Morehouse, and Mr. Incredible.

    How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

    Crandall University prepared me for my future in a number of ways, two of which I will note here. First, through its excellent professors, it helped me develop my reading, writing, and reasoning skills to the extent necessary to allow me to get into law school and to be successful.

    Crandall also taught me that there are compelling reasons to believe in the claims of Christianity, which cannot be dismissed as easily as some people (even those in academia) would have you believe.


    Class of 2004
    Bachelor of Business Administration
    (Published August 2018)

    Stephens Daniels

    What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

    My journey at ABU (Crandall) was by no means typical. While pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, I took a 6-year break from academic studies to work in the Hotel Industry in Banff, Alberta. So, when I graduated in 2004, I had acquired a business degree and years of real-world experience already under my belt.

    After graduation, I landed a sales position with Canadaeast.com, and later, a position as Director for Sales and Marketing with a company called Connetik Interactive located in Moncton. Unfortunately, neither were a fit for me. In 2008, an opportunity to participate in a Leadership development program with LMI Canada came my way. This was the opportunity I was waiting for. This was my calling. I began LMI practice in October of 2008 knowing it was the best decision I had ever made, but it would not be the easiest.

    After a few years of learning and progressing in an unknown industry, my associates and I became the top office in Canada and we haven’t looked back since. God definitely opened my eyes to LMI, a place that I can completely immerse myself using the gifts that He gave me. My job is Leadership Development Coach and CEO of the Slight Edge Group in Moncton, NB. We work with leaders all over Atlantic Canada. Some of the companies we work with are, Sobeys Group, Irving Group, Grant Thornton, Medavie Blue Cross, Assumption Life, Canadian Tire, Sun Life, Acadian Construction, etc. Over the past 10 years, we’ve worked with over 700 clients helping them grow from good leaders to great leaders. My purpose is to “Inspire a passion for life and leadership in everyone I meet” and LMI gives me a fantastic place to live out that passion.

    How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

    The foundation of confidence, faith and belief that I received at ABU is un-surpassed. I owe so much to ABU (Crandall), and Rob MacDonald in the business department. The greatest example of leadership was by Jesus himself. All of the leadership principles used with LMI are Biblical principles.

    Thank you to all of you for giving me the confidence to get out there and believing in my abilities to get started on my own!!


    Class of 1984
    Business Certificate
    (Published July 2018)

    Darlene (Harrison) Turner

    What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

    I graduated from Atlantic Baptist College (ABC) in 1984 with a business certificate. I took two years of various business courses and graduated on the Dean’s list. I immediately went to work in the office at Kenneth E. Spencer Memorial Home and stayed there for a few years. After that I worked for Apex Machine Works before circumstances took me to Halifax. In 1989, I started working for London Life Insurance Company and have now been with them for 29 years.

    In 1994, I took a leap of faith and continued my London Life career in London, Ontario. It was here that I met my husband Jeff at the Turtle Races (long story!). We’ve been married 20 years this fall.

    One of my favorite things to do is write contemporary Christian romantic suspense novels. Ever since I picked up my first Nancy Drew book, I’ve always loved a good mystery. That’s when my inspiration for writing took hold of my heart. I started my own “Mindy Dobson” mystery series. While I lived in Halifax, I took a Creative Writing course and began work on a short story that soon turned into a manuscript. It continued after I joined a writer’s club called Women Writing for Christ (WWC) here in London. That manuscript won the 2016 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense for an unpublished novel. My second novel won the 2017 ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Genesis award in the Romantic Suspense category.

    I took courses through the Christian Writers Guild run by Jerry B. Jenkins. These helped me grow my writing career and I now have an agent who has pitched my manuscript to different publishing companies in the U.S. I’m continuing on with writing other books while I wait for publication. I know that God has a specific one in mind for me in His perfect timing.

    I’ve had an article featured in Our Canada plus other articles including a continuing short story published in an online publication – Christian Life in London. I blog weekly and share many stories of heartache, growth, and deal with different circumstances in life.

    I pray that God will use my words for His Kingdom. That’s why I write. For Him.

    How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

    I will forever be grateful for the studies I had at ABC. I met many amazing people that helped shape my life through life’s experiences. Dannie Brown was a huge influence in my life and what I learned through his classes has helped me grow in the world of business. I enjoyed being part of the choir and going on tours. What a great experience! I also rededicated my life to Christ while I was at ABC. I have been through many trials that have since helped me to grow stronger. As my mother always used to say, “God is good. All the time!”

    Note: I would love for you to connect with me through my blog at www.darlenelturner.com.


    Class of 2000
    Bachelor of Arts (English, Biblical Studies)
    (Published May 2018)

    Sara Parks

    What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

    After leaving Crandall, I completed the Foundation in Fine Arts at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in Halifax. For several years, I worked a variety of jobs, including teaching English as a second language in South Korea, along with several other ABU graduates.

    Eventually, further education beckoned me. I had obtained two majors at Crandall (first, English Literature, back at the ABC old location, and then Biblical Studies here at ABU/Crandall), so I took a while to decide which route to take. I loved both fields.

    In the end, I realized that there were not (at the time) many women in the Biblical Studies field. So I applied to the MA in New Testament and Christian Origins at McGill University, and stayed for the long haul, completing my PhD in Early Judaism and Historical Jesus in 2016.

    While studying, I also worked as the director of McGill’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (their multi-faith chaplaincy), and taught part-time at Concordia University’s department of Theological Studies.

    After graduating, I was delighted to be offered a position as assistant professor in New Testament Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK, where I currently work. I teach Greek, Intro to New Testament, Women and Gender in the New Testament, and Life of Jesus. I also supervise graduate students.

    Nottingham has a great research culture: professors have a cap on teaching hours so they have time to publish. This is ideal, since I love to write! My latest piece on “J. K. Rowling and the Bible” came out in Oxford Biblical Studies Online a few weeks ago. My first book Spiritual Equals: Gender in the Rhetoric of Jesus will be published this year with Fortress Press.

    I’ve also just signed a contract with Routledge for a textbook on Jewish and Christian Women in the Ancient Mediterranean, to be published in 2019. In 2020, I will be contributing a chapter to a volume on Margaret Atwood and the Bible with Gorgias Press. (That one is for Dr. Mantz!)

    How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

    People might assume that a small, local university is somehow less rigorous. They would be wrong! ABU prepared me well for graduate school and academia, not only because of its heavy workload and high-quality lectures, but also because of the fantastic level of attention I (we all) received from my professors. Only now that I am a university professor can I really comprehend how many extra hours my ABU profs (I’m thinking of Barry Smith, Doug Mantz, and Stephen Dempster.) worked, all for the love of their students.

    I appreciated them at the time, but now I understand more tangibly what their “open door policy” and their written and verbal feedback on my every essay and exam meant. Nor did their support end with graduation. Their letters of reference were needed more than once throughout the years. Their comfort and prayers were freely given when I went through a period of deep sadness.

    Dr. Dempster even coached me in Hebrew to help me pass my PhD translation exam, and Dr. Smith invigilated it for me! I will always be grateful to them for the quality and quantity of their care. No matter how hectic the schedule gets, I try to “pay it forward” to my own students, in gratitude of them.

    Class of 1996
    Bachelor of Arts (History)
    (Published April 2018)

    Wayne Murphy and Family

    What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

    I graduated from Crandall University in 1996 with a B.A. in History and then continued on to Acadia Divinity College to obtain my M.Div. I met my wife Angela while studying at Crandall. We have five children: Abby (17), Aidan (15), Nason (12), Elias (11), and Matthew (8).

    I have served in a number of churches over the years and currently pastor Lancaster Baptist Church. I also serve as vice president of the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada and have held various positions with them.   

    We have been very much involved in ministry to refugees arriving in our city. At Lancaster Baptist, we run a furniture depot for newcomers to Saint John in partnership with YMCA’s Newcomer Connections. Our depot has been able to provide partial or complete furnishings for well over a 170 families including newcomers from around the world.

    We also sponsor families, facilitate sponsorship for other groups in our city, do English and homework help, assist those who want to become citizens, and more.

    In August 2017, I was the recipient of the Acadia Divinity College Alumni Distinguished Service Award around leadership in the ministry to refugees.

    Photos: Wayne Murphy working with refugee families in Saint John.

    How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

    Thinking back at my years at Crandall, I have a lot of great memories. I believe Crandall prepared me well for where God would lead me in ministry. The University was instrumental in giving me a strong foundation academically and spiritually. My time there instilled in me the need to work hard, to have fun, and most importantly, put Jesus first.

    The relationships that I made at Crandall have continued to help shape who I am today. I met my wife, my closest friends, and colleagues there. Crandall helped build a strong network around me that has lasted long into the future.

    What are some things you enjoy doing in your spare time?

    I love playing ball hockey once a week in the “Over 30, Out of Shape Ball Hockey League” here at Lancaster.  We are just a bunch of guys who love to play and have fun.

    As a family, we enjoy spending time at our trailer in Brown’s Flat throughout the summer and experiencing all that the Saint John River has to offer.


    Class of 1986
    Associate of Arts
    (Published March 2018)

    Evelyn Fidler

    What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

    After graduating from Atlantic Baptist College in 1986 with my Associate of Arts, it seemed natural to continue my education at Acadia University. I wanted to further my studies in History, especially Atlantic Canada History. During my time there, one of my professors recognized my passion for museum work and pointed me to the University of New Brunswick’s Material History post graduate program. I graduated from UNB in 1992 with a Master of Arts in History and a post graduate diploma in Material History.

    That same year, I was hired by Kings Landing [a 300-acre living history museum in New Brunswick with original buildings from the period of 1820-1920]. After twenty-six years of doing almost everything related to museum work, I am now Kings Landing’s Collection Manager of their 70,000 plus artifact collection. I also serve on the board of the Association Heritage New Brunswick.

    Church at Kings Landing
    Kings Landing Part of Collection
    How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

    Crandall welcomed me, a scared student, from small village in Nova Scotia and taught me to reach my full potential. I was encouraged to continue, even after almost flunking out of Biology (Hence the reason why I was in Arts.). Of course, Dr. Wilson played a major role, along with Dr. Mantz. But in the end, all my professors taught me something. I learned confidence, how to speak in public, how to research, and how to hold my own as one of only two females on the co-ed soccer team. I obtained a work grant and learned the value of hard work.

    Note: Evelyn has been married since 1991 and has two grown sons. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching youth softball and soccer, playing sports when she can, and volunteering with local heritage initiatives.


    Class of 1975
    Associate of Arts
    (Published February 2018)

    Rolene Betts, Class of '75

    What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

    I graduated from Atlantic Baptist College with an Associate of Arts degree in 1975 and then completed my Bachelor of Arts at the Université de Moncton in 1977.

    In 1991, I graduated from Mount Allison University with a Bachelor of Education and began teaching in Moncton schools. I then earned my Master’s in Education in 1995 from the Université de Moncton. Research for my master’s thesis fueled my passion for studying the experiences of early career teachers.

    In 2006, I graduated from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) with a Ph.D. My dissertation was nominated for the Governor General’s Medal by the UNB Faculty of Education.

    At this time, I was honoured to have the Premier’s office use my research to help inform the pay raise for substitute teachers in NB. I was subsequently seconded to the New Brunswick Department of Education to analyze the data for the preparedness of new teachers. I then lead the development of the Fine Arts Curricula for our province’s teachers.

    Along the way, I have been recognized as one of eighteen “Emerging Scholars in Canadian Educational Leadership,” received the New Brunswick Affiliate Award, and most recently, appointed as an Honorary Research Associate (HRA) for UNB’s School of Graduate Studies.

    Currently, I work with Crandall’s education professors to help supervise several master’s research projects and teacher intern practica, along with supervising student doctoral work at UNB.

    How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

    What a privilege to study under professors like Dr. Bob Wilson at Atlantic Baptist College! It was in his “Western Intellectual History” course that I learned the importance of completing assignments to the best of my ability and handing them in on time. Studying at ABC laid the requisite groundwork for the exacting standards I have adhered to in all of my subsequent academic endeavors.

    Note: Rolene has been married to her husband John for 45 years. They have three children —Jason, Jessica, and Jared and are the proud grandparents of Leah and Isaiah. In her spare time, Rolene enjoys traveling with her family, downhill skiing, fishing, hiking, biking, kayaking, and gardening.

    Christmas Eve 2017 Highfield Church

    With family on Christmas Eve 2017 at Highfield Baptist Church

    Rolene Betts with Family

    With Husband John and Grandchildren Leah and Isaiah

    Striper Bass Tournament 2017

    At the Striper Bass Tournament 2017


    Class of 2014
    Bachelor of Arts History
    (Published January 2018)

    Jared Lister

    What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

    After graduating in 2014, I completed my Master’s in Viking History at the University of Iceland and have been travelling the world since then. I’ve travelled to Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, the Netherlands, and Germany. In 2016, I went on a 9-month working holiday adventure to Australia, where I learned about Aboriginal culture and heritage. I lived with the Aboriginals of the Daintree Rainforest in Tully, Northern Queensland, and studied their culture, customs, language, weaponry, and hunting. During my travel, I also was a surf instructor in Byron Bay, a horse ranch worker in Melbourne, a bartender at X Base hostels on Magnetic Island, and participated in an Aussie Rules Football League.

    After Australia, I went to New Zealand for a personal cultural study of the Maori people and their customs. While there, I was given my Maori Tiki bone carving pendant as a sign of respect from the Maori people and a Maori Whaiaka, a Maori club weapon. In Rotorua, I was given the title of Chief by a Maori Cheiftain and in Queenstown, I was given my very own Maori designed tattoo which not many foreign travellers can buy or receive as a gift.

    Next year, I’m travelling to South Africa to work on a Savannah animal rehabilitation center, to Nepal to trek up to Everest Base Camp, to Polynesia to go on an island tour. I eventually want to return to Australia to learn more of Australian Aboriginal Culture and live among the Aboriginees once again, particularly in the Red Desert region of Uluru.

    How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

    Crandall University played an important role in helping me travel the world and learn about other cultures. Dr. Bodner took time to help me apply for my MA Degree in History, encouraged me in my paper writing, and always provided a good sense of humor when I needed it. Dr. Sheldon MacLeod was another positive influence, from helping me choose courses that would best suit me for my MA to contacting me at random just to see how I was doing. Sheldon definitely promotes Crandall’s Christian message with a respect that few can contend with. Finally, Dr. Smith and Dr. Simbanegavi, who took time to help me plan a future where world travel and self-education of other cultures would be key in understanding myself and my own culture.


    Class of 2006
    Bachelor of Arts Psychology
    Bachelor of Education
    www.fivestarsports.cn
    (Published December 2017)

    What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

    Joel came to Crandall, having escaped small town Newfoundland, with little to no direction. His only goal was to graduate, which he did by the skin of his teeth in 2006. With no desire to stay in Canada, and a desire to travel abroad, he took the first job offered to him – in China. He landed in Shenzhen, China a city of 15 million, teaching high school students at the Concord College of Sino Canada in August 2006.

    In his first year in China, he began to learn Mandarin in the evenings, and was blessed to meet Damaris, his wife of 10 years. In 2007, he started full-time Mandarin studies at Shenzhen University, while continuing to work in the evenings as an English teacher. As fate would have it, Joel began teaching private basketball lessons, and soon, enrolment in basketball classes increased, leading him to focus full-time on growing this basketball business.

    He was fortunate to meet great local and expatriate partners at the start of the business who brought great expertise to a very green business concept. Five-Star Sports began with a few students learning basketball in 2012, and it now has more than 3000 students, with locations in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Shanghai.

    How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

    Being a student athlete on the basketball team led him towards lasting relationships. It was also what led him to coaching basketball in the greater Moncton community. Although he was a less than dedicated student at Crandall, the relationships formed with staff, professors and fellow students were integral to his development, and most importantly the start of his Faith in Christ.


    Class of 1987
    Associate of Arts
    (Published November 2017)

    What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

    After my year at Atlantic Baptist College, I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at University of Prince Edward Island, followed by a Masters of Social Work degree at Wilfrid Laurier University. Since then, I’ve been employed by the PEI government in Child & Family Services. I’m currently supervising Child Protection Services in Kings Country.

    I’ve been fortunate to travel to every continent but Asia and Antarctica, to date! I’ve also participated in three short-term mission trips to Bolivia with CBM. Most recently, I went on a two month solo venture where I worked as a social worker in the city of Cochabamba.

    How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

    My time at Crandall cemented the understanding that we’re all called to ministry, and for most of us, that isn’t vocational ministry. God calls us to different careers and equips us to serve wherever He calls. I deal with some of the most vulnerable people in society, and it’s a privilege to walk these children and families through some very difficult days.

    I also sat on the Board of Governors at Crandall for two terms. To play a small part in equipping the next generation of leaders was truly rewarding.


    Class of 1957
    Bible Diploma
    (Published October 2017)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Congratulations to Rev. John Beers (Class of 1957) who received high recognition from the Government of Nova Scotia! Rev. Beers was the only pastor recognized by Kings South MLA, Hon. Keith Irving, for his 50th Anniversary of his ordination and service to many Nova Scotian communities.

    Rev. Beers credits his years at United Baptist Bible Training School (now Crandall University) for giving him a strong foundation. He explained, “The purpose in sharing this story is to highlight Crandall’s educational academic standards.”

    It’s no wonder his ministry has been a fruitful one when you hear his message for today’s church, he says, “Don’t remain within the walls of the church, but be out where the people are and seek to make a difference by our presence in word and deed. As Jesus said, ‘be salt and light.’”

    Congratulations, Rev. Beers, on this well-deserved recognition – to Him be the glory!

    What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

    After United Baptist Bible Training School (UBBTS), I studied at Acadia University and obtained my B.A., M.Div., and M.Th. degrees. From 1960-2012, I worked in many churches: Caledonia-Kempt-Maitland Bridge-Northfield Baptist Churches, Lawrencetown / Inglisville Baptist Churches, Pioneered Immanuel and Regal Road Baptist Churches in Dartmouth, Kingston / Melvern Square Baptist Churches, Zion Baptist Church in Yarmouth, to name a few. Even in retirement, I continue to be involved with Sunday Supply, the Eastern Valley Baptist Association, and the Examining Council of our Convention.

    The Lord has been faithful and I’m so thankful! Working as Area Minister for the Atlantic United Baptist Convention (now CBAC), receiving Acadia Divinity College’s Alumni Distinguished Service Award, and recently being awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the Government of Nova Scotia are some of the opportunities I treasure.

    God has blessed me with a wonderful wife, Ethel (Harlow) Beers, and we were married in 1967. We have four beloved children (three of which went to Crandall) and eight precious grandchildren. This past August, Ethel and I celebrated our Golden Wedding Anniversary – God is good!

    How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

    First and foremost, UBBTS provided me with a solid foundation for life. The training at UBBTS prepared me for my undergraduate degree and theological studies at Acadia University. Through UBBTS, I made many life-long friendships, which have been an integral part in shaping me for ministry in Christ’s name.


    Class of 1996
    Bachelor of Arts History
    (Published September 2017)

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

    I graduated from Atlantic Baptist University (ABU) in 1996. After being part of the workforce for a period of time, I returned to school, this time I obtained a diploma in Business and Accounting.  It was the combination of my diploma and my university education that helped me get my next job in the accounting department at Cavendish Farms. It was during my time with Cavendish that I entered the professional accounting field and entered the Certified General Accountant (CGA) program. In 2010, I graduated with my professional designation, CGA, and today I’m a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA-CGA). I’m currently working on my Bachelor of Education (B.Ed. Adult Ed.) through University of New Brunswick.

    A lot has happened in those years, including marrying my amazing wife Timna (Williston) Briggs and raising our three awesome children: Evan (’05), Maisie (’07), and Lana (’10). While I’ve held positions from Junior Accountant to Controller, I now teach Business for New Brunswick Community College at their Moncton campus.

    How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

    ABU taught me how to apply myself academically and spiritually, and I’ve carried those principles throughout my studies and life. I formed many strong bonds with classmates, staff and faculty and they helped me see how to be a Christian and stand true to my faith – no matter what.


    Hannah Bartlett

    Class of 2016
    Bachelor of Arts Biblical Studies

    Bachelor of Arts English
    Youth Leadership Certificate

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

    Since leaving Crandall, I married John Bartlett on May 14th, 2016. I now live in St. John’s, Newfoundland where I am the Director at Newfoundland Adventure Camp (NLAC), a Christian camping experience for Grade 1-12 students.

    Last summer, my husband and I had an amazing camping season with first-time and re-commitments to Christ by both campers and staff. While a Master’s of Divinity is on my horizon, right now my whole heart is focused on the ministry at NLAC and witnessing the next generation grab hold of the gospel!

    How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

    Crandall gave me an amazing education, especially in the areas of Biblical Studies and Spiritual Formation. My Youth Leadership Certificate gave me incredible hands-on experience which prepared me for the ministry I’m doing now. Crandall not only gave me valuable leadership training from Staff and Faculty, but it also helped me discern God’s call for my life.


    Thomas Coldwell

    Class of 2013
    Bachelor of Arts Sociology (Honours)
    Cross Cultural Certificate
    TESL
    Certificate
    Youth Leadership Certificate
    https://thomascoldwell.wordpress.com/2017/06/09/let-peace-be-planted/

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

    After graduating from Crandall, I studied at University of Ottawa. In 2015, I graduated with my MA in Globalization and International Development with specialization in Feminist and Gender Studies. During this time, I briefly interned with Citizens for Public Justice, a faith-based public policy organization focused on Canada’s poverty, climate, and refugee policy. I also participated in Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), which was timely because my MA research focused on indigenous social movements in Mexico and their impact on the rights and lives of Indigenous women.

    My wife, Jen, and I both live in Calgary, where I work full-time with Mennonite Central Committee Alberta as the Peace Program Coordinator. I coordinate service and learning opportunities for youth and young adults to learn about homelessness in Calgary, migration and refugees in Mexico and Central America, and peacebuilding with young people from Canada and across the globe.

    How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

    The education I received at Crandall University provided a solid foundation for graduate studies and my current employment. My sociology degree nurtured confidence in research methods, statistics, and social theory, which was very useful throughout my master’s degree. The academic writing instruction I received equipped me to write at the graduate level.

    Courses like “Perspectives on Poverty”, “Population and World Hunger”, “Globalization and Current Social Issues” were very relevant for my graduate degree in international development. I entered my MA with a firm grasp of main concepts and issues, and I built on this knowledge at U of O.

    Aside from academics, I learned the value of community while living on campus and building lasting friendships with both students and staff. (How I miss spontaneous games of Ultimate Frisbee on the field and evening worship band practices!) Achieving academically has little value unless the benefits of that education seep into the community, and Crandall’s emphasis on both of these strengthened my commitment to these values.


    Rev. Troy Dennis

    Class of 1989
    Bachelor of Arts Biblical Studies

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

    After Crandall, I completed a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degree from Acadia Divinity College, as well as Arrow Leadership. From 1994 to 2014, I served in 4 churches: Rivercross (Saint John NB), Grand Manan Community Life Church (Grand Manan NB), Shelburne Baptist Church (Shelburne NS), and Highfield Baptist Church (Moncton NB).

    I met my wife, Jan, at Crandall and we married in 1990. We have two children, Ian and Mark. Mark is currently studying at Crandall.

    In 2014, I became a military chaplain and am currently the Chapel Life Coordinator (Protestant) of St. Barbara’s Chapel at CFB Shilo.

    How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

    Crandall prepared me in many ways! Biblically, with a solid foundation. Missionally, with professors who encouraged me to think about how to adapt ministry. Educationally, with preparing me for future studies. Relationally, with servant leadership modelled and friendships made for life. Finally, with being encouraged to integrate my faith and worldview in all aspects of life.


    Mike Doiron

    Class of 2009
    Bachelor of Business Administration
    www.mikedoiron.ca

     

     

     

     

     

    What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

    After graduating from Crandall University, I went on to get my Real Estate Licence. Since 2009, I have been independently involved with the sales of Lots, Mini Homes, Semi’s, Cottages, Condominiums, Single Families, Income Properties and Luxury Homes, ranging in price.

    I’ve been awarded “The 360 Degree Award of Excellence”, “The Positive Spirit Award”, and the Bronze and Silver Award. I rank amongst the TOP 3 REALTORS at Exit Realty Associates, TOP 30 UNDER 30 with Exit Realty Corp, and TOP 30 UNDER 30 Nationally with REP. For me, success is not merely measured by sales, but by enjoyable relationships built with my clients.

    In 2010, I married to Heather Doiron in 2010 and we have a beautiful baby girl named Emma Rose Doiron.

    How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

    As a Realtor, I run my own business. My Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration has better prepared and given me an edge for the very competitive Real Estate market. Thanks to such classes as Statistics, Ethics, Accounting, communications, business research, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Public Relations, Entrepreneurship and Christianity and Business; I felt comfortable starting my own business. Being able to study in my hometown with Christian Professors that truly care for their students was priceless and something I am so thankful for!


    Ken LeBlanc

    Class of 2001
    Bachelor of Business Administration
    www.PropertyGuys.com

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

    In 1998, a simple idea of connecting private sellers with buyers via the internet was born at Atlantic Baptist University (now Crandall). Today, we have over 100 PropertyGuys.com franchisees serving over 600 communities across Canada.

    Our system has grown from offering an online private sale platform to a high tech, high touch service delivered by experts. Our team approach includes innovative brokers (who are members of the Canadian Real Estate Association) to connect you to Realtor.ca*, professional appraisers, an appointment booking service, the very best real estate lawyers in the country, and our PGPros – making selling without an agent painless and more convenient than ever before.

    Our franchise model provides the right balance of local entrepreneurs with high quality online tools and technology.

    How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

    Crandall was the launching pad for PropertyGuys.com. We had access to amazing professors, support for our “start-up” business and developed some key relationships and mentors that allowed us to flourish.


    Chantal MacDonald

    Class of 2008
    Bachelor of Arts English
    Bachelor of Education

     

     

     

     

     

    What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

    After graduating, I moved to Ontario to continue my education at the University of Ottawa. I completed my Master of Arts in English Literature in 2010 and then was hired as a high school English/Drama teacher at North & South Esk Regional High School in Miramichi, N.B. I taught there for 5 years, during which time I met the love of my life, Jeremy MacDonald. We were married in 2013 and he moved to Miramichi and started as an Associate Pastor at the Point Church. In 2015, we were blessed with a son – Ryker Elijah. While we loved everything about living and working in Miramichi, God called us to Orillia, Ontario in 2016. Jeremy currently works as a campus pastor for Connexus Church and I work part-time as an online ESL teacher and supply teacher while also staying home with our son.

    How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

    I look at my time at Crandall as so much more than just a degree or even a yearbook of fond memories. Through my studies, I learned time management and perseverance. Through my time on worship teams, I learned about compromise and collaboration. Through chapels, I learned the value of prioritizing God in my life and making time for Him daily. Through my education projects, I learned how to think on my feet, manage a class, and operate a smart board (more important that you would think!).

    In 2006, I had the privilege to be involved in the Oxford Study Programme. I was challenged and stretched, both academically and spiritually. I learned the value of travel and experiencing history and literature first hand. I learned about culture and accepting differences. This trip also ignited in me a personal passion for literature and the arts which propelled me toward further study and opportunities.

    I am so grateful for my time at Crandall and for all the ways that it has shaped who I am today.


    Sarah MacKenzie

    Class of 2002
    Bachelor of Arts Sociology
    Cross Cultural Certificate
    TESL Certificate

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

    After graduating from ABU, I went to Alberta and received my diploma and certified journeyman certificate as a hairstylist. In 2009, I went on a mission trip to Mazatlan, Mexico. In 2012, I returned to take an intensive missionary training program with “Youth With A Mission” (YWAM). This is when I connected with the non-profit organization, “El Pozo de Vida” (which means The Well of Life), who works with victims and survivors of human trafficking. In 2013, I worked at Crandall University in the Registrar’s Office and Athletics Department while I was preparing to move to Mexico City.

    Since 2014, I’ve been serving with El Pozo de Vida, where I ran a hair salon ministry in La Merced (the largest of 7 red light districts in the city). In 2015, we started a jewellery project in the salon called Nunayú (which means freedom), that currently employs 12 survivors. The women come every day and receive a fair wage to make jewelry. Nunayú is now located in a professional office building outside of the red light district, and I am currently in charge of this project.

    It has been an incredible and difficult challenge, but it is an honor to be part of the restoration process of these amazingly strong and courageous women.

    How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

    My time at ABU was integral to my foundation of faith, as I became a Christian a year before I started university. It was the Cross Cultural Certificate, though, that played a major part in where I am today. The internship portion of that program led me to Brazil and changed me in ways I never could’ve imagined!

    As a student, I had no idea God’s plan would include my random education, work experience and volunteer experience… but He made it come together and equipped me for this very special job in one of the largest cities on earth!


    Benjamin Porter

    Class of 2004
    Bachelor of Arts Psychology
    www.loveismoving.ca
    www.lovemovemnent.org

     

     

     

     

     

    What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

    Since leaving Crandall, I went to Tyndale Seminary and completed my Master of Divinity. After graduating, God put on my heart the need for local churches to live out their faith through a revived biblical understanding of love. Shortly after, God opened doors for me to be one of the cofounders of “Love is Moving”, a ministry that produces media curriculum, a youth television series, and a magazine that targets youth and young adults. It’s been amazing to be part of what God is doing in Canada!

    In addition, I married a fellow Crandall grad, Christina Porter, and have 2 beautiful girls: Katia and Nadia. We live in Toronto where I’m on staff at Willowdale Baptist Church.

    How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

    The friendships, mentors, experiences, and education that Crandall provided me was priceless. I praise God for such a blessing, as I may never fully understand the impact my years at Crandall had (and continue to have) on my life.


    Liam Steele

    Class of 2000
    Bachelor of Arts Communication
    Bachelor of Arts English

     

     

     

     

     

    What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

    I moved to South Korea in 2001 and spent 15 years teaching English. I earned a Master’s in TESOL from Woosong University and then taught at Chongshin University. After that, I married Rachel Lee and began training for ministry at Torch Trinity Graduate University. After working 5 years in Children’s Ministry in Korea, I felt the Lord call us to the UK. That’s when I joined Operation Mobilization and we were sent to Bridgend, Wales to work with Union School of Theology. I lead the ESL course offered by the college, plan curriculum, and lead student discipleship classes. In addition, I work as the Union Mission Coordinator, which involves communicating between churches that are affiliated with Union and/or being planted by Union pastors.

    How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

    In studying both English and Communication Studies at ABU (now Crandall), I was better equipped with the knowledge and confidence to stand in front of people. I learned the philosophical background of communication, and valuable skills in public speaking and debate that has helped in my ministry. The courses in Christian Thought and Worldview provided me with a biblical foundation and balanced Christian perspective, which has allowed me to better defend my faith. All in all, I’m very grateful to God for my time at ABU!


    Alumni Graduate Studies

    The combination of a supportive community, excellent professors, and low student-faculty ratio have given Crandall grads an excellent foundation for further studies. Here are some of the universities our grads have attended:

    CANADA:

    Acadia University, Wolfville, NS
    Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, NS
    Atlantic School of Accountancy, Halifax, NS
    Carleton University, Ottawa, ON
    Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
    Knox College (University of Toronto), Toronto, ON
    Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NF
    McGill University, Montreal, PQ
    McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
    McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, ON
    Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB
    Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS
    Providence Theological Seminary, Otterburne, MB
    Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
    Regent College, Vancouver, BC
    Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS
    Sherbrook Medical School, Sherbrook, QC
    St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS
    St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB
    The King’s University College, Edmonton, AB
    Toronto School of Theology, (University of Toronto), Toronto, ON
    Trinity Western University, Langley, BC
    Universite de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC
    University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
    University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
    University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
    University of Guelph, Guelph, ON
    University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
    Universite de Moncton, Moncton, NB
    University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB
    University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON
    University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PE
    University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
    University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
    University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
    University of Western Ontario, London, ON
    University of Windsor, Windsor, ON
    Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener, ON
    Wycliffe College (University of Toronto), Toronto, ON
    York University, Toronto, ON

    UNITED STATES:

    Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX
    Duquense University, Pittsburgh, PA
    Gordon College, Wenham, MA
    Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA
    Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
    Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
    Moody Bible College, Chicago, IL
    Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA
    Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
    Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
    Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL
    University of Southern New Hampshire, Manchester, NH
    Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
    Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
    Westminster Theological Seminary, Glenside, PA

    UNITED KINGDOM:

    Durham University, Durham City, UK
    International Baptist Theological Seminary, Prague, Czech Republic
    Oxford University, Oxford, UK
    University of St. Andrew’s, Fife, UK
    University of Wales, Dyfed, UK
    Warwick University, Coventry, UK