Tribute to Walter McNaughton
|January 16th, 2006 marked the passing of the founding father of our school, Walter W. McNaughton. Funeral services were held in the McNaughton Auditorium on campus. Although all attending were saddened by the loss of such a great and godly man, all rejoiced in the fact that Mr. McNaughton, as he was known to old and young alike, was now with his Heavenly Father.|
The service was a celebration and a tribute to the life that this man lived in service to God and to those around him. Those whose lives were touched by this man will surely miss him but wait in the hope of seeing him again.
After receiving a letter from Mrs. Monge to come and start a Bible school in the Peace River country, Walter McNaughton set out from Mannville, AB, on bicycle in October 1933.
The school had its beginnings in the Berwyn area on December 6 with 5 students, a cook and Mr. McNaughton as teacher. In September of 1934, the school was moved to Grande Prairie with 18 students ready to begin studying God's word. Mr. and Mrs. Archie Ruark and Mrs. Mary McIntyre joined the work to help teach and cook.
By the fall of 1935, the school moved to its current location in Sexsmith, thanks to the donation of land by Mr. Lee Warren. Mr. McNaughton worked right alongside students and staff to help build the new campus.
Mr. McNaughton's passion was evangelism. Living by the motto "to live for Jesus," Mr. McNaughton didn't waste any opportunity to share the Gospel.
Whether that was preaching at rallies, on street corners, to individual people or on the radio, everyone that came in contact with him heard the Gospel. Nothing deterred Mr. McNaughton from sharing the Gospel, not even his stuttering.
Living by faith, trusting the Lord to provide and protect, Mr. McNaughton set out to do God's will in everything he did. A testimony and challenge to us all!
"I once heard Mr. McNaughton explain that a room is made up of walls that are made up of feet which themselves are made up of inches. His point was that if there are no inches, there are no feet, no walls and no room. After the funeral I walked into McNaughton Auditorium to pray and I saw his bicycle and thought, 'Praise the Lord that you were an inch, because that inch has spanned the globe with the impact of your ministry. Praise to God!'"
- Kajle Radbourne