Another cohort unleashed to serve
Columbia Bible College, Abbotsford, B.C., matriculated 120 students at commencement ceremonies Apr. 22, 2017, at Abbotsford Pentecostal Assembly with singing lead by the CBC travelling ministry team, spoken word poetry by worship arts graduate Rebecca Laurenti, speeches and awards.
“When you get lost, keep your eyes open. Arriving at detours, or getting lost, is all part of the journey,” said professor of practical theology Janet Boldt, considering the difference between navigating with maps or GPS.
“When our theology does not seem adequate for where we find ourselves, when we get lost or end up on a detour, remember you are held by God, and by a community of fellow travellers,” said Boldt. “We are not sufficient in and of ourselves. Look for companions who will listen to you, who will walk with you, who will examine the map with you and remind you of your true North.”
The commencement speaker who ended up at Columbia after getting “‘lost’ on my way to spending the rest of my life in inner city ministry” received the title of faculty emerita. Retiring after 25 years of teaching and mentoring students in spiritual formation & discipleship, conflict management, cross-cultural communication and conflict management, she is the first woman to hold this honour.
Caregiving & counselling program graduates Ryan Newman and Jenna Song gave the valedictory address.
Les and Rita Peters (1974–1976) were awarded the Alumni of the Year for their work with Impact Ministries in Guatemala which they founded in 1998 with fewer than 100 students in one school. The ministry now serves 10 schools with more than 1,500 students, includes a medical and dental clinic, three churches and community development projects.
Outdoor leadership graduate Matthew Kliever received the Governor General Award for highest GPA.
Christian Studies – 25
Quest program – 28
Biblical studies – 9
Caregiving & counselling – 7
Intercultural studies – 4
Outdoor leadership – 4
Worship arts – 3
Youth work – 4
Biblical studies – 15
Caregiving & counselling – 8
Intercultural studies – 3
Outdoor leadership – 2
Worship arts – 3
Youth work – 5
Updated Apr. 28, 2017: Quotes from Janet Boltdt added