canadian Women offer
Briercrest college and Seminary:
unleashing people to work
Throughout Briercrest College and Seminary’s history, women have been amazing
servants, professors and leaders.
Over 75 years ago Annie Hillson’s Bible
June clark, vice-president enrolment
at Briercrest college and Seminary,
discusses an upcoming conference
with vi Thiessen, leader of the events
study led to the calling of Henry Hildebrand and the beginning of Briercrest.
Today women continue to play a prominent role.
The college and seminary currently
have 13 women serving in the classroom;
four have earned their PhDs and another is
a doctoral candidate. Many more women
hold positions of leadership and serve in
mentoring, service and counselling roles.
These were chosen because of their exper-
tise in Christian education and commitment
campaign life coalition:
Dedicated to pro-life
Deny Dieleman came to Campaign Life
Coalition (CLC) to help out for a few months
– that was 20 years ago.
Dieleman started as
a receptionist, but very
soon her organizational
skills were noticed and
she was eventually promoted to office manager.
As she says, “There have
been a lot of changes, I
could barely use a computer when I started and
didn’t want to use email
when it first came out.”
Today she oversees a
staff of 20 full-time and part-time employees and manages the bustling headquarters of CLC in downtown Toronto.
Wearing many hats and overseeing
many projects, Dieleman is responsible
for maintaining a data base of supporters, making sure that monthly mailings go
smoothly, keeping interns busy and productive, and taking an active part in major
projects, such as Life Chain in the Toronto
area and the National March for Life in
Ottawa. Over the years she has met a large
number of politicians, both federal and
provincial, and many up-and-coming pro-life notables, such as Anna Halpine, founder
of World Youth Alliance, and Linda Gibbons and Mary Wagner, who both recently
received the Queen’s Jubilee Medals.
Apart from her day job, she is also quite
active in her church, Bethel Canadian
Reformed Church, where she recently
became involved in the foreign mission
committee, supporting two missionaries in
Papua New Guinea.
Her heart is dedicated to the pro-life
movement, and God always uses a willing
heart. CLC is fortunate to have this spirited
woman on staff at the head office.
Setting free from the past
Deb Jones attended her first Celebrate Recovery (CR) meeting 10 years ago, seeking a
place to grow and serve, unaware of her own
co-dependency issues. She’s since discovered a depth in her relationship with God and
others that she didn’t know was possible. In
applying the Celebrate Recovery principles,
based on the Beatitudes, she’s found freedom from her past of guilt and shame.
Jones, the director of Celebrate Recovery at Creekside Church in Waterloo, ON,