A sad farewell

Doug McComiskeyToday we had the offi­cial farewell of Doug McComisky, our New Testament lec­tur­er at Ridley this year. It was a sad but spe­cial day to be a part of as the Ridley com­mu­ni­ty came togeth­er to say good­bye to this well loved fac­ul­ty member.

I think one of the hard­est parts of his leav­ing is the cir­cum­stances in which it has hap­pened. Unfortunately two of the fac­ul­ty posi­tions have been made redun­dant, which means that Doug and Adrian Lane, our preach­ing lec­tur­er will be fin­ish­ing up at Ridley. The announce­ment was made only last week and so it has been a week full of emo­tions through­out the col­lege community.

Chris has had Doug teach­ing the Gospel of John exe­ge­sis this semes­ter, and along with Sarah and Stephen’s New Testament expe­ri­ences Doug’s name has made many din­ner table con­ver­sa­tions. In our house he is affec­tion­ate­ly known as Uncle Doug (a name coined by a fel­low stu­dent) because he is so approach­able and fun­ny! The sto­ries of his jokes through­out lec­tures and faith­ful­ness to the Bible have real­ly stood out. He always seems to have a smile for stu­dents and is cer­tain­ly a favourite!

At the farewell lunch today, it was won­der­ful to hear many peo­ple reflect on Doug’s min­istry at Ridley over the past 13 years. It is clear that he has made a great impact on both fac­ul­ty and stu­dents through his hum­ble and gra­cious min­istry. Doug is an extreme­ly approach­able lec­tur­er and we have enjoyed many lunchtime and cor­ri­dor chats with him. He is also a remark­able aca­d­e­m­ic and it I hope that one day we will be able to name drop his name!

It is such a priv­i­lege for us to be part of a the­o­log­i­cal col­lege where fac­ul­ty and stu­dents are able to con­sid­er each oth­er friends and be mutu­al­ly encour­ag­ing. I hope that the changes in fac­ul­ty won’t mean this valu­able aspect of our col­lege com­mu­ni­ty will change.

If you’re into pray­ing, please pray for Doug as he seeks out future direc­tion, and also pray for the Ridley com­mu­ni­ty as we go through some big changes over the next few months.


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