Merged church continues funding for CSBS&C awards named for Morales and Cunninghams.
Each April at the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary & College, several students receive awards based on academic merit or on demonstrated service in leadership, evangelism, and church planting. Two of these awards are named in memory of Calgary-area pastors.
Jesse Morales, a CSBS&C alum, was a pastor and church planter known for his love of people and passion for sharing Christ. In 2004, he started Symons Valley Community Church, which later became Pathway Church. Jesse passed away in 2009 after contracting ALS eighteen months earlier, but even during this debilitating disease, Jesse shared his faith and introduced many to a new life in Christ. Jesse’s family and friends established this annual award in his memory in 2010. It is presented each year to a student who shares that same passion for the lost. Last week, Jacob Neal, who is graduating this month with his Bachelor of Christian Studies, received this award.
The John Brown and Isabel Cunningham Christian Service Award was established by Cambrian Heights Baptist Church of Calgary in 1990 to honour the legacy of their founding pastor. The Cunninghams were some of the earliest church leaders of what became the Canadian National Baptist Convention, and invested time and energy into training pastors and leaders. The award is presented each year to a student who demonstrates biblical scholarship and exemplifies the type of service seen in the Cunninghams – a deep concern for the welfare of others. The Cunningham Award was given this year to David Ong, who serves as the CSBS&C Director of Admissions, and who is also receiving his Master of Christian Studies.
With the merger of the two churches in 2018 into Pathway Church at Cambrian, the church shares the founding heritage of both Jesse Morales and John Cunningham. Gerry Taillon, the current pastor at Pathway, recently affirmed the church’s commitment to continue funding both of these awards indefinitely.
CSBS&C is thankful for the Lord’s provision of the example of leaders like these, and for partnerships with churches like Pathway Church at Cambrian.