We were very sad to learn of the loss of Chris Lind, the Director of the Toronto School of Theology (TST) from 2003 to 2006, who died on the morning of Friday, July 11, after a long struggle with cancer.
Chris contributed very significantly to TST during his years as Director. In addition to the regular responsibilities of the executive officer of a complex organization operational, Chris launched many creative initiatives. His project for licensing space in the TST building to ecumenical organizations, which required extensive building renovations, has been of enduring value both to TST and to the wider ecumenical community. His conversations with the University about a conjoint Ph.D. program sowed a seed which we’re now harvesting. Chris had the inspired idea of appointing ecumenists-in-residence, opening up new avenues of communication in TST. He organized a project for “re-engineering” our Registrar’s office. He developed new agreements with our affiliate schools. He published annual reports that raised TST’s profile and helped in development. He successfully negotiated a new Memorandum of Agreement with the University which has served us wonderfully well. He oversaw the introduction of distance education delivery for our Doctor of Ministry program, which is still very firmly in place.
After his time at TST, Chris was a Senior Fellow at Massey College, and then took up the Executive Directorship of the Sorrento Centre, a transformational conference centre in Sorrento, BC.
The TST community joins in Professor Marilyn Legge’s doxology in Chris’ memory: Praise be to God for our colleague and faithful servant of the gospel, advocate of justice, and peace and love.
The Anglican Journal has published a full obituary for Chris Lind.