Columbia graduation marks 73rd year
Columbia Bible College graduated 118 students April 18, 2009, at Northview Community Church, Abbotsford, B.C. Graduates represent the fulfillment of the college mission in “preparing people for a life of discipleship, service, and ministry leadership.” Forty-five students graduated with a 1-year certificate, mostly with a focus on discipleship. Twenty-nine graduated with a 2-year diploma, generally aimed to assist in Christian ministries alongside another career. Forty-four graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (4-year program) with a focus on a vocational ministry career. Keynote speaker Dr. Myron Penner challenged the graduates to “continually be renewed by the transforming of the mind” (Romans 12:1–2), and valedictorian Cheyla Reader encouraged her peers to follow Jesus with all of their hearts, to trust him throughout life.