2019 CMU Distinguished Alumni Story | Randy Klassen (video)
Randy Klassen (MBBC '84) of Saskatoon, SK taught at Bethany College from 2002–2015, before becoming the National Restorative Justice Coordinator for MCC Canada for over three years, until the office was closed this spring. He has dedicated over 10 years to building relationships with Indigenous communities. First through Bethany College and then Lakeview Church, he has taken young adults to Beardy's and Okemasis Cree Nation, where they connect with youth, get involved in the community, and learn from Indigenous elders. "It's been a remarkable and beautiful journey," he says. He also spent this summer with MCC Saskatchewan as the Event Coordinator for the Spruce River Folk Festival, a one-day event that raises awareness for landless Indigenous bands. Klassen says receiving this award from CMU was an unexpected honour, especially during a time when his career was changing in ways that he didn't anticipate or ask for. "It is a huge encouragement to think that the different chapters of my life thus far have made a positive contribution somewhere," he says. "I'm grateful to be part of this huge legacy." Klassen and his wife Darlene have four children and five grandchildren. They attend Lakeview Church in Saskatoon.
CMU President Cheryl Pauls presented 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards to Randy Klassen, Donna Kampen Entz, Eileen Klassen Hamm, and Jeffrey Metcalfe on Friday, September 27, 2019.
The Distinguished Alumni Awards celebrate alumni who, through their lives, embody CMU's values and mission of service, leadership, and reconciliation in church and society. The awards are presented to alumni from CMU and its founding colleges: Canadian Mennonite Bible College (CMBC) and Mennonite Brethren Bible College (MBBC)/Concord College (CC).