Jordan Thiessen Tribute
September 14, 1989 ~ October 18, 2012
In the past few days, I’ve struggled to write and think about Jordan Kent Thiessen. He was the deepest of friends and a great roommate. He was a man who met me at my lowest and showed me the way to a life of true faith.
Jordan Thiessen was an outstanding man. He operated within clubs including holding position of treasurer for the TWU chapter of A Rocha, an environmental organization. He held the respect of a dorm and led them to football victory as an RA. He worked within the Ecological Study Area remediating an endangered species of snails and presented a thesis on his work last spring. He participated in the Science in the Valley program, teaching and touring grade seven students around the chemistry laboratory. Soon after graduating with his B.Sc. in Biology, he was hired by AGAT Laboratories as a technician and was promoted to project manager shortly after. He was a hard worker, an unshakeable believer, and someone who cared more than enough in all circumstances.
The most remarkable aspect about Jordan, despite his quiet demeanor, was how his life, through his relationships and his actions, pointed to Christ. He lived his favorite verse, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6). From out of this point of solitude, he acted. He was fiercely loyal and fought for justice. He cared for those who were downtrodden, misaligned and hurting. He was selfless but he knew his worth as well.
To many, Jordan was an older spiritual brother. He was a natural born leader, who humbly lived an example: walking through life open handed, taking not a single moment for granted, giving himself fully to each and every call, sacrificing trivial desires. He demonstrated true faith in times of struggle. His actions inspired respect and trust.
Though, he was not perfect and unlimited. He worried. But he used this limitation and anxiety to ask the deeper questions of meaning in his life: to plant the roots and stretch out the limbs of his thinking and faith as he weathered hard times. He had wisdom beyond his years but a goofy sense of humor that made sure he did not take himself too seriously. Jordan Thiessen demonstrated what it means to be a loving son and brother, a husband, a true friend, a TWU student, a dedicated scientist, but above all a disciple of Christ. I am honored to have known him.