Steven and Margaret Van Dyck

Announcing Canada’s new national director!

14 December 2017 |

We know you care about Langham’s mission to equip the next generation of Bible teachers. You’ve shown us that through your encouragement and support. Now, we have great news for you and the future of Langham Canada.

After a very busy year searching for a new National Director for Langham Partnership Canada the board is looking forward with great anticipation to welcoming Steven Van Dyck who will begin his work in January. Based in Toronto, Steven comes to Langham with a wealth of experience in the Church, in business and in the Majority World. His experience has shaped a passion to serve the Global Church. We thought that one of the best ways for you to begin to get to know Steven is to allow him to introduce himself to you in this letter by sharing something of his excitement in the opportunity to work with Langham Partnership:

“As a global Church, we will always need each other. God has built community into the DNA of his church, locally but also globally. Langham Partnership Canada, along with Langham International, is positioned to do this: to help equip the global Church theologically, with the resources God has entrusted to us for his work.

When Langham Canada invited me to head up the growing ministry in Canada, for the sake of biblically faithful pastoral formation throughout the Majority World, I recognized God affirming a call he already had impressed on me years earlier. What a great privilege it will be to work with the faithful supporters of Langham Canada, and to share Langham’s vision with Canada’s diverse Christian community.

In terms of personal background, my wife and I have had the opportunity to live in several African countries. Margaret is a nurse, and was active in hospice care while we lived in Zimbabwe and then Kenya. I am a chartered accountant by profession, and especially during our years in Kenya, as a partner in a Nairobi-based practice, I had the privilege of seeing first-hand the wide range of Christian ministries throughout eastern and central Africa. Many of my clients were Christian organizations – hospitals, colleges and seminaries, as well as church- run development projects.

It was during these years that I came to understand the critical role of theological training in the Church, in order to prepare a spiritual leadership equipped academically and spiritually for such a challenging time and place.

We eventually returned to Canada to raise our family, but returning home also gave me the opportunity, while working in my profession, to undertake formal theological training at Tyndale Seminary and Wycliffe College, in Toronto. I believed then that we would return to Africa, and my burden remained theological education. It was therefore a joy and a privilege when God opened the way for us to join the teaching staff at Université Shalom de Bunia, in eastern DR Congo, with SIM Canada. At Shalom, Margaret served as Shalom’s (first) women’s chaplain, and I taught in the theology faculty. Shalom has a long history with Langham: students who have received Langham scholarships, and professors who have participated in Langham theological conferences, published books with Langham assistance, and taught Langham Preaching seminars.

We had known about and respected Langham for many years, but our lives now were intersecting directly with Langham’s ministry.

Canada has always been an outward-looking country, and Canadians historically have been disproportionately represented among the world’s missionaries. How we do missions may have changed in our day, but the missions mandate has not.

My desire is to see God use Langham Canada to build up the preaching and teaching ministry of the global church, to his glory.”
Steven Van Dyck

Langham International’s work in and for the Church in the Majority World is growing significantly. There are more opportunities all the time to be involved in and support this vital work of providing practical biblical resources, equipping preachers, and training new teachers and leaders for the Church. We are very excited that with a new national director, Langham Partnership Canada will be able to step up and take on a more significant role in supporting the work of Langham Partnership International around the world.

Thank you for your support and your prayers for Langham Partnership Canada this past year. Please join us in welcoming Steven to Langham Partnership Canada. You will hear more from him in the near future! We look forward to working with you in 2018.

Peter Robinson

Chair of the board, Langham Partnership Canada

 

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