Fonds Volume 753. - École de Théologie Évangélique de Montréal fonds

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École de Théologie Évangélique de Montréal fonds

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CA CMBS Volume 753.

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  • 1975-1985, 1987-1994, 1997-2002 (Creation)

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Ecole de Theologie Evangeliuque de Montreal (ETEM) was originally known as IBL or Institut Biblique Laval. In 1975, Henry Brucks, Executive Secretary for the Board of Evangelism of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, made a visit to Québec. During his time there, Brucks had a vision for a Bible institute to build up the Québec church and leadership. January, 1976 the Board of Evangelism accepted this proposal and received approval to purchase the United Church building in Sainte Rose, Laval to begin what was known as the Institut Biblique Laval (IBL) This was the location of the Institute from 1976 to 1986. The Institut Biblique Laval was very involved with the ministry of the Québec Churches. The two main goals of the school have always been to prepare Québécoise leadership for the ministry and to provide a good biblical and theological foundation for the churches. The first classes took place in September 1976, under the leadership of Ernest Dyck, who was the President of IBL from its' beginning until June 1979. Within a few years, several other members joined the administrative team; Martha Wall (1976), Herb Wiens (1976), Ben Klassen (1977) and Gérald Janzen (1979). In the late 1970s and early 1980s, tension began to develop among the staff and board primarily because of the purpose and nature of the school. While some wanted this to be a more academic facility, others wanted it to be practical pastoral training. Unfortunately during this period of less than two years, a low level of confidence arose between the school and the Québécois leadership. Within this conflict period, there were several changes in leadership. Ernest Dyck resigned as president in June 1979 and was replaced by Herb Wiens until he resigned in June 1980. Ben Klassen then became president until 1982. In September 1981, Jean Raymond Théorêt joined the faculty after the completion of his studies at the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno; CA. Théorêt was appointed president of the Institution in the summer of 1982. Gérald Janzen taught until the end of the 1983-1984 academic year then he resigned. In 1986 the Board invited Pierre Gilbert to join the faculty, he left in 1996 to teach at the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary. In 1986 the Institute moved from Sainte Rose, Laval, to Saint Laurent on the island of Montréal. Along with this move came the opportunity to provide training in urban ministries. In the fall of 1996 Éric Wingender joined the IBL faculty, and in 1998 was appointed president. It was under Wingender's leadership that IBL's name changed to École Théologie Évangélique de Montréal (ETEM) during the 2000-2001 school year.

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The whereabouts from where these files were received is unknown, however it is likely they came from l'École de Théologie évangélique de Montréal (IBL).

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The records found in this collection consist of, student course book / directory, brochures, newsletter, 10 year celebration pamphlet, self-study and planning conference document and correspondence.

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Related material: Quebec MB Conference fonds, located in Volume 365.

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Described by Janelle Hume, July 4, 2006.

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The majority of the documents found are in French however there are some documents in the English language.

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