“They share freely and give generously to those in need.” Psalm 112:9
Through the generous gifts of donors, churches, and alumni, students are enabled to respond to God’s call and enrol at Acadia Divinity College for their theological studies. This fall, our students were invited to apply for four new scholarships recently established by David (Acadia ’63) and Faye Huestis of Saint John, New Brunswick. Each scholarship has a clear focus, supporting students with specific gifts and passions, and the diverse ways they are called to serve faithfully in ministry.
1. The G. Keith Churchill Scholarship of Worship was established in gratitude of the outstanding church leadership of the late Rev. Dr. G. Keith Churchill. J. Andrew Conrad received this scholarship in recognition of his passion for worship. For over a year, the College community has witnessed and experienced his gifts in, and enthusiasm for, worship leadership in weekly chapel services.
2. The Dennis M. Veinotte Scholarship of Pastoral Counselling and Hospital Chaplaincy was established in gratitude of the exceptional pastoral care and counselling ministry of the late Rev. Dr. Dennis M. Veinotte. Patricia (Trish) Purdy received this scholarship in recognition of her interest in pastoral care. In her life and ministry she expresses deep compassion, and a sense of call to serve women in the church, reflecting the spirit of this award.
3. The Harry G. Gardner Scholarship of Pastoral Leadership was established in gratitude of the faithful leadership of Rev. Dr. Harry G. Gardner, who served as the 6th President of Acadia Divinity College between 2008 and 2019. Andrew Sutherland received this scholarship in recognition of his promise for pastoral leadership. For more than two years, faculty and staff have observed his consistent and confident commitment to his studies, and to serving the local church, especially in the area of youth ministry.
4. The Scholarship of Multifaceted Ministry was established to recognize a female student who shows promise for the multifaceted ministry of the church in Atlantic Canada or international service. Hannah Bartlett received this scholarship in recognition of her ministry experience and strong commitment to the local church. Her involvement with church and camp ministries throughout Atlantic Canada makes her an excellent choice to receive this award.
The College remains grateful for the support of David and Faye Huestis. Through their personal experiences with ministry leaders, they understand the need for excellent theological education. Last fall, Mr. Huestis stated, “The world needs Acadia Divinity College now, more than any other time before in history. With your message of hope, forgiveness, and love, you are a shining beacon, helping people use their God-given talents to make today and tomorrow’s world a better place.”