Dr. Ted W.
such a notable and outstanding leader such as Ted take time, along with his
gifted wife, Margaret, to be on the Board of a small, Christian organization
like Chrysalis Ministries, Inc. for over 24 years? We were blessed,
about people, relationships, and helping develop those of us in leadership
positions to think outside of the proverbial box. He challenged us to
think big and bold, and in new paradigms. He taught us to attempt things
for the Kingdom of God that were well-thought-through, theologically and
biblically correct, were developmentally sound, and related practically to the
lives of those with whom we related, at all levels. He was a change agent
extraordinaire. (He was also a musician “extraordinaire”!) He challenged us to
change the systems of parochial thinking to be fresh and contemporary and above
all, true to our faith in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
cross-cultural sensitivities were sharp and focused, and his love for people
and love of life and adventure were contagious. Seeing something through
his eyes was like opening up new doors to colorful vistas! He loved to
tell stories of his adventures and they were indeed compelling. (His
"lost my-passport-in-Brazil" is a favorite story in the Dettoni
house, particularly when told by "Uncle Ted"!)
contributed helps and suggestions and life lessons to hundreds and thousands of
lives . . . and he was beloved by those people in the Chrysalis Ministries
sphere of influence. Words that were shared 20 years ago with many
Chrysalis Institute Participants are still quoted today. "Remember,
Ted Ward said . . . " is a common conversation opener and
humble, yet confident. He would not allow people to call him “Dr.” –
“Just Ted”! He loved his family – his 4 sons and one daughter, and all of
his grandchildren. The many times we had meals together or spent time
together, we heard glowing reviews of recent accomplishments. Ted never
gave up, and although he struggled with many serious health issues for a number
of years, he pushed through with the loving care from Margaret, and he was a
role model for serving the Lord no matter what.
Margaret together faithfully served on the Chrysalis Ministries Founding Board
of Directors for over 20 years, and they are beloved by those who have known
them as a vital part of the ministry. Ted's wisdom, guidance and loving
support in all ways has made the ministry a vital part of the work of the
Kingdom of God. He was a dearly beloved friend, mentor, colleague, and
confidante. He and Margaret and their children have been a part of our
lives since 1970, and we are the richer for this blessing from God.
Ted, but know his life continues on through the people whom he touched and taught.
A special repository of Ted’s many writings and contributions is being
completed by colleagues, and we will post this when it is available.
Many of you
reading this Blog are a part of Ted's Legacy of leadership development.
May we all remain faithful to our calling to serve God. We can all thank
God together for bringing Dr. Ted Ward into our lives!
the following video clip of John's words at Ted' Memorial Service. (cut
and paste link)
Ward, one of Ted and Margaret's sons, has put together a beautiful video you
(cut and paste link)
thankful for those special friends that God gives us. Ted (and Margaret)
will always be a part of our lives.