Sarah I. Martens, a 1956 alumna, celebrated CBC’s diamond anniversary with fond memories. Originally from Black Creek, B.C., Martens travelled to the mainland to attend the school (then called MB Bible Institute) from 1953–1956, and was part of the first graduating class at the Clearbrook campus location.
Columbia Bible College, Abbotsford, B.C.
The thing about the current generation of young people, says a veteran Bible college professor, is the speed at which God is working in their lives. Ken Esau, director of biblical studies at B.C.’s Columbia Bible College, told the school’s annual general meeting Oct. 13 that most Christians tend to change only when faced with some sort of life crisis. But he is seeing seemingly spontaneous changes in the lives of today’s CBC students that amaze him.
Columbia Bible College (CBC), Abbotsford, B.C., is proof, said president emeritus Wally Unger, that “where there is a vision, people will support.” As part of that vision, Columbia’s faculty “didn’t teach students for information,” he said, “we taught them for transformation.”
Columbia Bible College (CBC) president Ron Penner has informed his board he intends to retire within two years. Penner came to CBC as academic dean in 1997, after a teaching and administrative career in Fresno, Cal., with Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary (now Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary), and became president in 2007.
Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, B.C., celebrates its 75th birthday next month. Friends and alumni are expected to fill the CBC gym Oct. 22 for the birthday party. The guest speaker will be Wally Unger, who guided the school’s growth as president over 17 years.
There is a body of thought in the national church that Mennonite Brethren “distinctives” no longer apply, that they need not concern us when we train new MB pastors. There is also a body of thought that defends our distinctives with vigour. It argues that our mix of Anabaptist and evangelical approaches to faith is absolutely unique.
“Is Guinea-Bissau 1) a country in West Africa, 2) hot, 3) politically tumultuous, or 4) all of the above?” fourth-year student, Steve Berkenpas, challenged Abbotsford, B.C.’s Columbia Bible College student body at its mission emphasis chapel. “How many vote for all of the above?” Berkenpas shared about his year living and working in one of the poorest countries in the world, followed by student Donna Mayer, who spoke about her year in Rwanda.
Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, B.C., will start raising money shortly to build a new student residence. The go-ahead to proceed with the fundraising effort was given at the college’s annual general meeting. The facility’s construction will allow current rented space to be given up at a saving to the college, and allow students to take advantage of on-campus proximity to the lounge, library, and other facilities.
Ask Rocky Olfert how the Columbia Bible College (CBC) Bearcats volleyball team managed to land a U.S. national beach volleyball champion on their roster, and he’ll tell you it was nothing short of an act of God. Micah Briscoe’s journey to CBC might be called immaculate recruitment.