Chrysalis Ministries, Inc.


Remembering Ted Ward

Carol Dettoni - Wednesday, May 25, 2016



Dr. Ted W. Ward


Why did 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, indeed.


Ted cared 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.  


Ted's 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"!)


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 “clarifier”.


Ted was 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.


Ted and 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.


We miss 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!


Do watch the following video clip of John's words at Ted' Memorial Service.  (cut and paste link)


Stephen Ward, one of Ted and Margaret's sons, has put together a beautiful video you will enjoy.  (cut and paste link)


So thankful for those special friends that God gives us.  Ted (and Margaret) will always be a part of our lives.

So much has happened!

Carol Dettoni - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Due to technical difficulties (like ongoing illness, "upgrading to Windows 10!", computer and other hindrances) we're behind in posting and using this new Blog and Website effectively.

BUT we're on the upward slope of the learning curve!  Thanks for bearing with us, and we hope that you will get an overview of the experiences of the past few weeks in 2016.  We promise to keep up in the future!

Beginning at the beginning 2016.


At the invitation of the Association of Christian Schools International, Indonesia (ACSI-I), for several years John has offered his services to teach in several areas of his expertise and doctoral emphases:  Curriculum research and development (curriculum defined as "program"). and other such related courses in leadership development.  We've met so many gifted, committed, highly educated and wonderful educators in Bandung, Bali,Jakarta, Pontianak, and Surabaya with educators from all parts of beautiful Indonesia!

To get an overview, we've listed the promotional flyer for the courses offered by ASCII each year
for the hundreds of Christian school administrators and teachers. These intensive courses help complement the professional educational endeavors in a certificate program offered annually.