Timothy Eaton Memorial Church Supports Emmanuel College at Victoria University

The Timothy Eaton Memorial Church Professorship in Preaching
Chris Pinnington (Chair, TEMC Trustees), John Eaton (TEMC), the Rev. Dr. Andrew Stirling (TEMC), William Robins (President, Victoria University), Michelle Voss Roberts (Principal, Emmanuel College of Victoria University).

June 19, 2019—Victoria University is pleased to announce a new named professorship at Emmanuel College to be known as “The Timothy Eaton Memorial Church (TEMC) Professorship in Preaching.” TEMC recently made a significant gift to Victoria University to name both this professorship as well as a new prize in homiletics named for its Senior Minister, the Rev. Dr. Andrew Stirling. The inaugural holder of the TEMC professorship will be Rev. Dr. HyeRan Kim-Cragg Emm 0T6, who follows renowned homiletics scholar, Dr. Paul Scott Wilson Vic 7T2, Emm 7T9 who recently retired from the faculty of Emmanuel College and who preached regularly at Timothy Eaton.
Kim-Cragg begins on July 1, 2019. She comes to Emmanuel from St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where she has served as the Lydia Gruchy Chair and Professor of Pastoral Studies since 2009. Kim-Cragg, who received her Th.D. from Emmanuel College in 2006, embodies the strength of the Toronto School of Theology’s interdisciplinary model of theological education. With a Master of Divinity from Hanshin Graduate School of Theology in Seoul, Korea (1997), Kim-Cragg is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea. She has served in pastoral, teaching and intercultural leadership capacities with the United Church of Canada for the past 20 years. She brings to Emmanuel College the strong international connections she developed through extensive work with the World Council of Churches and the World Communion of Reformed Churches. Most recently she was awarded the Fisher Adjunct Faculty Award (2018–2019) from the Claremont School of Theology for her work with Doctor of Ministry students. She was also awarded the United Church Foundation’s Rowntree Scholarship for her “Language Matters: Preaching and Intercultural Ministry in the United Church of Canada” study this year.
This generous gift from Timothy Eaton was celebrated on June 6 at Emmanuel College. Guests included university dignitaries, faculty of Emmanuel College, trustees of TEMC and other special guests. Principal Michelle Voss Roberts opened the formal program with remarks concerning the importance of the preaching curriculum at Emmanuel College and the special relationship between the two institutions made manifest in this special gift.
In his remarks to guests the Rev. Dr. Stirling noted: “The more I’ve thought about the relationship between Emmanuel College and Timothy Eaton, in many ways I liken it to two dancers. There are times where two dancers get very close to one another and almost have a symbiotic relationship; they move as one. But there are other times when they separate but still move in the same direction, in the same dance. And over the many years of Emmanuel College being an outstanding place of academic research, of ministerial formation, of the foundations of the faith and making sure that candidates of the ministry are given the nurture that they need. Timothy Eaton Memorial Church has been a place of preaching excellence, of high levels of pastoral care, of social outreach and concern for the city and the world. The two have, at times, danced closely together, as we are doing today. And other times have gone, in a sense, almost in their own way, but at the same time having a common cause and a common purpose. It’s been a great honour to have these close relationships. There’s something profoundly natural about Emmanuel College and Timothy Eaton Memorial Church dancing this closely again. And I know we are looking forward to it and we are proud of it and I am delighted because of it.”
John Eaton, great-grandson of Timothy Eaton, followed Dr. Stirling with the following: “It is my firm belief that an interesting, informative, and well-presented sermon can be the backbone of the service and, indeed, make the church a warmer and more comfortable place to meditate and thus meet and be with like-minded people. We are delighted to celebrate the announcement of the Timothy Eaton Memorial Church Professorship in Preaching and we are equally delighted about The Rev. Dr. Andrew Stirling Prize in Preaching at Emmanuel College which will be awarded to a Master of Divinity student or graduate degree program student who shows a significant aptitude for preaching.”
William Robins, Victoria University’s president, closed this special celebration with the following statement: “I commend Timothy Eaton Memorial Church for its foresight in supporting the Timothy Eaton Memorial Church Professorship in Preaching. This position not only benefits Emmanuel College students, but also affects their communities and their congregations as they go out into the world to preach the Word. In this way this gift contributes to the art of preaching in the broadest sense.”
About Victoria University: Founded in 1836 in Cobourg, Ontario, by royal charter from King William IV, Victoria federated with the University of Toronto in 1890. It comprises Victoria College, an arts and science college of U of T, and Emmanuel College, a theological college associated with the United Church of Canada.
For more information, contact: Jennifer Little (416) 585-4489, jennifer.little@utoronto.ca

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