A. James Reimer Award

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"Christian theology in our time calls for a disciplined imagination—the daring exploration of new frontiers of intellectual space; a fidelity to the ancient truths of the Judeo-Christian tradition; an empathetic engagement with all Christians, all faiths, and all peoples; a high regard for nature, experience, and all forms of knowledge; and a resolute witness to peace, justice and reconciliation in a world of violence."

- A. James Reimer

A. James Reimer posing for the camera. The A. James Reimer Award at the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre (TMTC) was established in recognition of the late Dr. A. James Reimer and the program he founded in advanced degree/doctoral theological studies at TMTC in conjunction with the Toronto School of Theology (TST).

The award is to support advanced degree/doctoral theological students at TST who are associated with TMTC, and to promote theological education.

This endowment was established by Alan Armstrong ('94) who was Reimer's student. Alan noted:

"Jim helped me re-understand biblical texts and church dogma in ways that continue to inspire and strengthen me and my faith."

Nominations for the award will be made by the TMTC Advisory Council and recommended to the Conrad Grebel University College Scholarships and Bursaries Committee. The annual award will be approximately $9,000.

Previous award winners

  • 2017: Isaac Friesen
  • 2016: Maxwell Kennel
  • 2015: Allison Murray
  • 2013: Kimberly Penner​​
  • 2011: David Csinos
  • 2010: Sarah Freeman
  • 2008: Andrew Martin
  • 2007: Rene Baergen
  • 2006: Allan Rudy-Froese
  • 2005: Jonathan Seiling                                                                

Award criteria

All applicants must qualify for funding through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

The award winner will be nominated by the TMTC Advisory Council and chosen by the Conrad Grebel University College Scholarships and Bursaries Committee giving preference to the following:

  1. Advanced degree students who are currently enrolled at a TST member college or affiliate college. Graduate students at the University of Toronto may also apply for this award.
  2. Students who are actively involved in the TMTC program.
  3. Students who have demonstrated commitment to the life of the Mennonite Church and its institutions.
  4. Students who demonstrate solid academic ability (transcripts required) and academic achievement (curriculum vitae required).


All applications should be addressed to:

Jeremy Bergen, Director of Theological Studies
Conrad Grebel University College
140 Westmount Rd. N.
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6
Phone: 519-885-0220 x24234     

Email application preferred. The annual deadline for applications is August 15.

An application consists of four parts:

  1. A letter explaining how you qualify for this award.
  2. Transcripts from past and present graduate studies. Official transcripts are not required; transcripts “issued to student” are acceptable.
  3. A curriculum vitae.
  4. Ontario Student Opportunities Trust Fund eligibility is demonstrated by receiving approval from the OSAP. It is not necessary to actually receive an OSAP loan. A print-out of the online confirmation must accompany your application.

For more information contact Jeremy Bergen, Director of Theological Studies.

Further contributions to the award are welcome! Contact Fred W. Martin, Director of Development.

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