Columbia Bible College held its 78th commencement ceremony Apr. 19, 2014, at Abbotsford (B.C.) Pentecostal Assembly. The 132 graduates comprised one of the largest graduating classes from Columbia.
“Like [the Apostle] Paul, grads, I pray that we never forget this simple message of loving others,” Northview Community Church member and class valedictorian Jason Thomassen (BA biblical studies; diploma youth work) exhorted his cohort. “In the midst of theology, education and knowledge, we are faced with the temptation to teach the world all that we know, but let us not forget to love the world, for in love, as Jesus reminds us, the law is fulfilled, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.’”
Alumna of the year Elsie Goerzen (MBBI 1963–64) was honoured for her years of dedication in advocating for vulnerable people experiencing abuse in homes, churches and the community.
Columbia Bible College board of directors conferred the title of faculty emeritus upon Ron Voth for his long term faithful service as college faculty, his sincere care for students and his excellence in teaching. Ron retires after 33 years at Columbia.
Award recipients include: Evan Erikson (BA youth work), Delta Epsilon Chi; Ashley Funk (BA biblical studies), George Schmidt Student Leadership Award; Angela Kemperman (BA caregiving & counselling), Delta Epsilon Chi; Harry Mueller (BA outdoor leadership), Delta Epsilon Chi, Governor General’s Bronze Medal; Jason Thomassen (BA biblical studies, diploma youth work), George Schmidt Student Leadership Award.