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Acadia Divinity College 2021 Online Commissioning Service 

Each year during Convocation weekend, Acadia Divinity College recognizes its students completing programs during its annual ADC Commissioning. With their family and friends watching, along with ADC staff and the greater College community, the ADC Faculty send out the students with prayer and blessing.

Join us on Friday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m. for our online Commissioning Service, which will be live-streamed here.


Friday, May 7, 2021


7:00 p.m. (ADT / UTC -3:00)

Reverend Dr. Gary Nelson to Deliver

Annual John Gladstone Sermon

Rev. Dr. Gary Nelson, Canadian Christian leader and former General Secretary of Canadian Baptist Ministries, will deliver the Annual John Gladstone Sermon at the Acadia Divinity College Commissioning Service on Friday, May 7, 2021.

Dr. Nelson has demonstrated a long commitment to helping organizations increase their capacity for impact in rapidly changing local and global contexts. During his decade-long tenure as General Secretary, Dr. Nelson led CBM through a period of change and expanded its international contribution in the areas of leadership development, theological education, and sustainable community development. His commitment to the work of the Baptist World Alliance, where he served as a Vice-President, significantly extended the horizons of Canadian Baptist life.

Everywhere he has served, Dr. Nelson has been an advocate for inclusion and multicultural participation, while inspiring young leaders and creating opportunities for service.

The Annual Sermon is named for the highly regarded Rev. Dr. John Gladstone, Senior Minister at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto, where he served between 1965 and 1991.

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