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Year in Review
40 Years of God’s Faithfulness
Celebrating 40 Years of Redeemer
September 6, 2022 marked 40 years of providing Christian post-secondary education that prepares students to live out Christ’s calling in all areas of life and learning.
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Anniversary Video
View the short version (7 min)
Anniversary Celebrations
Celebrations kicked off with a barbecue and concert on Friday night and continued into Saturday with a celebration service featuring the inaugration of Dr. David Zietsma, a special alumni art exhibit, author readings, varsity vs. alumni athletics matchups and the Distinguished Alumni Award reception.
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Weekend Recap
Workshops, events and a makerspace will build out the student experience
Innovation Centre to Spur Design Thinking
The new centre and makerspace launched in the fall term with the tagline Think. Try. Launch.
Applying the Arts
New Communications and Media Studies Degree Offered
Redeemer adds its third new degree in as many years after gaining greater degree-granting authority in 2020.
Redeemer records a student body of 1,089
Enrolment Reaches All‑Time High
Three years of strong incoming classes continue to support record enrolment as the university looks to program sustainability for the future.
Measuring the Mission
Redeemer was blessed to have 1,089 students enrol this year to receive a Christian education. Of those, 134 were involved in co-ops and internships, 10 gave a testimony in chapel, and approximately 250 were sent out to impact the world for Christ.
Redeemer’s fifth president inaugrated at the 40th anniversary celebration service
Interview with the President
Dr. David Zietsma shares about his journey to the role, his passion for Christian higher education and his vision for Redeemer.
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Inauguration Speech
Buildings, roads and other features are named
New Names for Features on Campus
As the university grows and buildings are added, well-suited names are becoming increasingly important for wayfinding and clearly communicating purpose and vision.
Restoring the Crowning Jewel of God’s Creation
Redeeming the Body
Faculty members in Redeemer’s kinesiology and physical education programs discuss how caring for one's body is part of God's intended design.
This year, Redeemer welcomed 1,089 students back to campus and sent out approximately250 graduates with their eyes focused on Jesus.
Innovative Learning Methods
Same Past, New Story
A second-year history class has taken a modern approach to understanding Indigenous issues in Canada.
Careers and Callings
Where Will the Future Take Us?
Redeemer has been preparing students for their careers and callings for 40 years. In a recent core course, adjunct lecturer Chris Bosch walked students through an exercise that provided an opportunity to look ahead and consider goals for their future.
Addressing Poverty
More Than Shelter
A class project by former Redeemer students is helping alleviate furniture poverty in Hamilton.
Erica Costin ’22
Luke Lima ’21
Selena Reitsma ’21
In Service to God's Kingdom
Seeking Global Justice
A fourth-year international development student is already putting her Redeemer education to work for a community in Africa.
Ruth Van Vliet ’23
Politics — International Development
Student Discipleship
Come, Follow Me
Redeemer students are following Jesus more intimately through discipleship groups on campus.
Rieneke Helder ’25
Isaiah Thornback ’23
Youth Ministry and Physical Education
Experiential Learning
Flying High
Thanks to a recent co-op placement, fourth-year business-marketing student Stephen Goossen is seeing his future career take shape.
Stephen Goossen ’23
Business — Marketing
Vertical Purpose
Faith in Sport
Two award-winning student-athletes share stories of Keeping the Faith and Running by the Light.
Leah-Joy Gaensler ’23
Women’s Cross Country
Avery Johnston ’23
Women’s Soccer
Co-op Student of the Year Award
BBA Student Awarded Top Honours for Co-op Contributions
Naomi Papavero was awarded the Co-op Student of the Year Award for her excellent work at Christian company WayBase.
Naomi Papavero ’25
Business – Management
Remembering a student, co‑worker and friend
In Memoriam: Bekett Noble
In November, Redeemer experienced the tragic loss of fourth-year psychology student Bekett Noble.
Redeemer’s unique experience of life in Christian community
Faith-Fueled Campus Life
Life on campus this year was full of activity, spiritual connection and learning.
Watch the LAUNCH
Orientation Highlights
Campus Life gallery
Highlights from a Year in Sport
Redeemer Royals
The Royals reached new heights this year in multiple sports. Women's basketball advanced to the OCAA Championships for the first time in Redeemer history. Both men's and women's soccer teams also advanced to the NCCAA postseason in their first year as a new member.
Brett Jenkins (Psychology)
Male Athlete of the Year (Men’s Volleyball)
Talia Vreugdenhil (Health Science)
Female Athlete of the Year (Women’s Soccer, Women’s Basketball)
Redeemer Royals gallery
Redeemer has nearly 7,000 alumni who are reflecting the love and hope of Jesus wherever they are called.
Fearless Faith
Heidi de Vries, the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award winner, lives out her calling boldly as a lawyer and executive leader in municipal government.
The Transformative Power of Storytelling
Uncovering the Past to Build the Future
Alumna Dr. Maureen Elgersman Lee ’91 works to create more accurate narratives of race, religion, slavery and freedom in North America.
Speaking the Language of Children
A Turning of the Page
Sylvia Taekema ’86, Redeemer’s first valedictorian, is now an accomplished children’s author.
A Musical Calling
Following the Thread of Worship
Ruth Ann Schuringa ’89, the first faculty award winner, reflects on the early days of Redeemer’s music program.
A Redeemer Worship Tradition
Worship: Inside and Outside the Box
Alumna Val deVries shares the origin story of Church in the Box (now known as Rooted Worship), a monthly worship evening at Redeemer and how it impacted her faith.
A Multigenerational Family of Alumni
All Together Now
As Redeemer commemorates its 40th anniversary, Resound invited the Kerkhof family to share their unique story.
A Leader in Municipal Government
Equipped to Serve
Louis Dauphin ’08 is using his skills and experience to tackle a new challenge leading the parks, recreation and culture department at the City of Mission, BC.
Louis Dauphin ’08
City of Mission, BC
Serving the Kingdom through Media Production
A Call to Storytelling
Abishek Varghese ’20 is putting his digital media and production education to work in his new role at Muskoka Bible Centre.
Abishek Varghese ’20
Muskoka Bible Centre
Celebrating Lifelong Friendships
Tees for Your Tradition
To celebrate lifelong friendships built at Redeemer, alumni submitted their traditions in exchange for an alumni t-shirt commemorating the university's 40th anniversary. Read more
Tees for Your
Tradition Gallery
Redeemer faculty teach, mentor and disciple students in the classroom, and undertake scholarly research from a Christian perspective that seeks to answer difficult questions and make a difference in the world.
15 faculty received $230,419 in research grants and funding this year.
Bound to Our Neighbour
Dr. Daniel Lee Hill, Redeemer’s 2022 Emerging Public Intellectual Award winner, finds a hopeful example in Christian abolitionists.
Justice for Religious Refugees
Honouring the Faith of Refugees
Assistant professor of business Dr. Raymond B. Chiu discusses the work he and a team of researchers from across the country are doing to better understand the adjudication and experiences of religious refugees.
Dr. Raymond B. Chiu
Assistant Professor of Business
Excellence in Academic Research
The Road to Research Grants at Redeemer
Resound looks back at the history of successful federal research grant holders at Redeemer.
Faculty Authors
The Case for Kuyper
Two Redeemer faculty members have taken a refreshed approach to the work of prominent Neo-Calvinist theologian Abraham Kuyper.
Dr. Robert Joustra
Associate Professor of Politics & International Studies
Dr. Jessica Joustra
Assistant Professor of Religion and Theology
Integrating a Reformed Worldview into Academics
Digging Into Reformed Roots
Redeemer faculty took a deep dive into the university’s Reformed tradition, including Neo-Calvinism, and how it applies to teaching and research at the annual faculty conference.
Creating a Culture of Self Care for Educators
Being Well to Teach Well
Dr. Sean Schat discusses how leaders and organizations can support educators with self-care practices in his recently published book chapter.
Dr. Sean Schat
Assistant Professor of Education
A Musician’s Calling
Organ Ordination
Dr. Christiaan Teeuwsen’s commitment to the Noordbroek Organ Academy in the Netherlands is an example of his dedication to the organ, God and his vocational calling.
Dr. Christiaan Teeuwsen
Professor of Music
Faculty Research and Mentoring
Wolters Centre Launch and Fellowships
The Albert M. Wolters Centre for Christian Scholarship launched last September and began a new fellowship program, appointing and hosting three faculty fellows, one from each area of the university.
Dr. Russell Kosits
Fellow in the Social Sciences
Dr. Kevin Vander Meulen
Fellow in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Dr. Jonathan Juilfs
Fellow in the Arts and Humanities
Your Support
Redeemer is humbled by the contributions of its faithful support community. $12.9 million was received from over 1,150 donors. 45% went to operating the university, while 55% supported capital projects and student awards. $900,000 came from churches in the support community.
A Grateful Campus
Giving Thanks
For Redeemer's annual gratitude week, students were given the opportunity to participate in a number of activities that allowed them to reflect on the impact of the generosity of Redeemer's support community. One activity invited them to post photos of their favourite places on campus.
Saying Thanks
What better place to gather with brothers and sisters and sing worship songs than 125G!
Emmanuel Mathi
Saying Thanks
[The Quad] is my favourite place because it is where I go to have private conversations with God.
Carson Barr
Financials at a Glance
Your support has helped Redeemer to deliver on its mission and keep running efficiently.
View our full audited financial statements.
Eliminating Barriers to Christian University Education
Keeping Tuition Affordable
Redeemer is committed to affordable tuition for the long term so students can access university learning from a Reformed Christian perspective. Thanks to a generous support community, the university is retaining a tuition rate of $9,987 for domestic undergraduate students.
Saying Thanks
[Donor support] blessed me with breaking down a massive barrier to receiving post-secondary education.
Xrisa M. ’22
Preparing Students to Reflect the Love and Hope of Jesus
Supporting the Next Generation of Christian Leaders
Redeemer’s commitment to its Reformed Christian mission is translated across all aspects of the Redeemer experience, from the classroom, to athletics, to the art gallery, to the Innovation Centre. Deep faith formation across academic and campus life enables students to live Kingdom-centered lives long after graduation.
Saying Thanks
“The range of interdisciplinary and ‘other’ discipline courses that Redeemer’s undergraduate program provided meant that I left with a well-rounded and wide-ranging introduction to a range of study areas ... that I have, in various ways, drawn from in my career.
Ian DeWaard ’00
Post script
Learning in Christ
For the 2023-24 academic year, the Redeemer community will focus its attention on intentionally learning from the life, ministry and teachings of Jesus.
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
— Colossians 2:6,7
In case you missed it, here are some highlights from Redeemer’s social media channels from the past year.
Thank You
Redeemer is grateful to God for the work he has done over the past year through its students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters.