and students for the new College. At the same timehe was writing
numerous articles and books and lecturing all over North America.
In 1976 he beganhis nine years of service to the Baptist Federation of
Canada and served as President from 1979 to 1982. Hiswork there coincided
with the most active participation of the CBF in broader CanadianBaptist life.
He also served on many boards, committee, study groups,etc. He was an
early member ofthe Conference of Faith and History and continued his
interest until his death.
During those years he also served as Professor atADC and there he
taught and mentored many students. He and Lily had students in theirhome
for Bible study, prayer and classes. Many students claimed to have learnedas
much in those informal sessions as in any of their classes. His students
appreciated his scholarship, wisdom and friendship. He inspired a groupof
Baptists to take their own history seriously and he organized two ofthe early
Canadian Baptist Heritage Conferences. He initiatedthe significant Atlantic
Baptist Heritage series. All the while, he continued toproduce scholarly work
in his own field of Hussite and Anabaptist History. Ashe came to retirement
he helped establish and the direct the Acadia Centre forBaptist and
His list of accomplishments is longbut he will be remembered most
for the investment he made in the lives of his students. Until his retirement in
1991, he saw his main calling as a"teacher" which he claimed was in his
genes. He loved the classroom settingand he had great joy in students who
suddenly saw the perspective of the church andthe importance of
understanding the past to minister intelligently in the future.
He was always a humbleman who never talked of his own
accomplishments. He had received wide recognition includinghonorary
doctorates from McMaster and Acadia. Severalyears ago he received one of
seven medals struck by the ProtestantFaculty of the University of Prague to
be awarded as the Comenius Medal to scholarsfrom around the world for
outstanding scholarship in areas of Czech and Church History.
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