Gareth is professor of Spiritual Formation at Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, BC. He has taught Anabaptist History and Theology there for the past 15 years, with a focus on 16th century origins. Gareth has an MTS from Tyndale Seminary in Toronto and an STM from College of Emmanuel St. Chad in Saskatoon. He has authored two books on personal spirituality, as well as numerous articles and essays. A recent article describes one of his passions, “How Experiencing History Contributes to Spiritual Formation”
http://www.mennonitehistorian.ca/45.4.MHDec19.pdf.
Gareth is married to Cynthia and they have four adult children and one grandchild. Together, they have lived in five different Canadian provinces where Gareth has been involved in congregational, denominational, and educational ministry. They are members of Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, BC. He enjoys cycling, hiking, poetry, folk music, gardening, and watercolor painting.


Epic European Anabaptist Heritage Tour – High Countries

Grow in your appreciation for the faith and faithfulness of Anabaptist forebears as you discover the origins of the Anabaptist movement in Switzerland, southern Germany, and France on the first leg of this epic heritage tour. Reflect at important sites as you hear the stories of Felix Manz, Pilgram Marpeck, Conrad Grebel, and other early Anabaptist leaders. Consider the contrast between Anabaptists who held fast to the principle of biblical nonresistance—even to the point of death—and radicals who turned to violence to protect their beliefs. Also, see European cultural and natural sights including the Rhine River Valley and the Köln cathedral.

Epic European Anabaptist Heritage Tour – Low Countries

Grow in your appreciation for the faith and faithfulness of Anabaptist forebears as you trace the historical movement of the Anabaptists from The Netherlands to northern Germany to Poland on part two of the epic heritage tour. Reflect at important sites as you hear the story of Menno Simons and other Dutch Mennonites as they spread out along the Baltic coast all the way to the Vistula Delta in Poland. Visit former Mennonite villages in Poland, where Mennonites lived for generations. Also enjoy cultural experiences in these countries including a boat ride in Amsterdam, a train ride across northern Germany, and a tour of Marlbork Castle in Poland.

Epic European Anabaptist Heritage Tour – Far Country

Grow in your appreciation for the faith and faithfulness of Anabaptist forebears as you explore the settlements of Mennonites in Ukraine on the final leg of the epic heritage tour. Reflect at important sites as you hear the stories of initial welcome of Mennonites  by Catherine the Great in the mid to late 1700s and the hostility of other political leaders generations later. Visit the former Mennonite villages of Chortitza and Molotschna where some of your ancestors may have lived, as well as historical and cultural sites in Zaporizhia and Kyiv.