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Last Name First Name Year(s) at NBI/NBC (ex. 97-98) Spouse Name Year(s) at NBI/NBC (ex. 97-98)
Abrahamson Ferlin 1983-86 Elizabeth 1983-86
Abrahamson Sharmyn 2015-19
Abrahamson Rod 1997-98 Abigail
Anderson Andrea 1986-88/91 James 1983-86
Andres SaraLyn 2015-2019
Barber Peter Staff 2018- Amanda
Bergen Jordan 2012-2016 Makyla 2012-2015
Bertram Bruce 1980-81 Nelda 1979-81
Block Levi 2010-13 Jalyssa 2010-2013
Block Timothy 2014-16 Laura
Breiter Carissa 2013-16
Bueckert Gary 1985-90 Sarah 1986-89
Desharnais Shelby 2012-2015 Joe 2013-2016 2017-2018
Dobson Wes 2009-2014/2015-2017 Staff Tina
Driedger Andrea 2008-2010
Dyck Randall 1982-83 Darlene 1982-83
Dyck Kendall 1993-96 Melisa 1993-96
Elford Jason 1995-98 Lindsay
Enns Jennifer 2010-13
Ens Carl 1983-84 Brenda 1984-85
Fehr Timothy 2015-2019 Julie 2015-2019
Fehr Andrea 2014-2018
Fenske Matthew 2018-2019
Forster Isaiah 2014-17
Fosseneuve Jordan 2010-2014
Giesbrecht Quintin 1992-95 Beth 1992-95
Giesbrecht Anne 1980-1983;1986-1989 Ed
Gordon Hunter 2012-13 Kristina 2013
Gruchy Rebekah 2016-17 Jordan 2016-2017
Harris Christy 1997-1999 Nathan
Healey Brent 1982-83, 86 Marlene 1982-83, 86
Healey Ben 2012-2013
Hildebrandt Bryan 1996-97 Jamie
Hoess Benjamin 2016-2019
Hollands Joel 2016-2017 Harmony 2016-2018
Jansen Herb 1972-74 Lois 1974-77
Kirk Ken 1996-99 Corrie 1996-98
Kroeker Tina 1997-99 Doug 1996-99
Kroeker Dennis 1972-75 Hannah 1973
Larson Kyle 2010-2012 Raija-Liisa 2008-2011
Lees Joshua 2015-2018 Bryn 2015-2018
Lepine Jordan 2014-2018
Leppington Mark 1984-2005 Joni 1984-2005
Loewen Angela 2007-2008 Steve
Loge John 2019- Audrey
Loseth Wynona 2012- 2015 Jeremy 2007-09, 12-13, current staff
Lytle Bradly 2011-2015 Christina 2012-13
Mahoney Abigail 2013-2016 Craig
Mehrer Dallas 2015-
Mierau Shania 2015-2018 Matthias 2016-2019
Nabess Karl 2013-2016 Courtney 2014-17
Neudorf Christopher 2011-2015 Alexandria
Nickel Joshua 2008-12
Nickel Calvin 2009-2013 Keshia '2008-11, 13
Pelletier Crystal 2001-05 Donat
Peters James 1994 - 1995 Lisa
Poetker Drew 2016-18 Trisha 2012-13, 14-15, 16-17
Reader Karla 1993-94 Ken 1994
Reed Melanie David
Reimer Ruth 2016-2019
Rempel Larry 1977-79, 89-94 (staff) Gloria
Schmidt Myra Staff 2012-
Siddons Perry 2016-
Siddons Ted 2016-
Smith David 2012- staff Elfe
Steppan Jay 2012-15 Lindy 2012-15
Steppan Brad 1982-1985 Carol 1982-1985
Stodolka Tim 2015-18 Olivia 2015-17
Thiessen Josh 2017-2019
Thiessen Benjamin 2013-2016 Becky 2013-2015
Thiessen Ashley 2009-12 Matthew 2001-04, 2006-09
Tieszen Campbell 2016-18 Rebecca 2016-17
Tully Blaze 2016-18 Daniel 2017
Tymchak Nathaniel 2018-19 Nathaniel
Tymchak Jordan 2016-
Wahl Bob 1951 - 1955 Anne
Wahlstrom Hannah 2005-2010
Wahlstrom Jordan 2011-2014 Samantha 2012-2014
Wahlstrom Noah 2014-2017, 2017- (staff)
Wall Bridget 2016-19 Jeremy 2015-18
Wilton Kristina 2011-2013 Michael 2012-2013
Woodard Jon 2011-13, 2014-15 Deanna 2014-16
Yadlowsky Susanna 2000-02 Adam 2000-03, 07-08
Young Kelvin 2005-07 Jessica 2006-07

(Updated Nov. 6)

Alumni Weekend 2018 Recap

Dear Alumni

I would like to thank everyone who showed up for Alumni weekend November 23-25. With over 160 alumni registered, in my understanding it may have been the largest regular Alumni Weekend we’ve ever hosted at NBC. Facilities manager Kendall Dyck has even been considering if there needs to be some sort of cap for the weekend moving forward — what an exciting problem. Space and numbers aside, I hope it was rewarding and refreshing for those in attendance. For those unable to attend, here were some of the highlights.

The last regularly scheduled weekend hockey challenge happened this year. I know that’s maybe a bitter feeling for some. But with the numbers of students who play hockey each year dwindling (even with full capacity student numbers) and the fact that Alumni Weekend often attracts more recent alumni, we were faced with a reality of the hockey teams getting smaller and smaller each year. With an announcement of this being “the last annual game” numbers were up significantly, and there can likely be a game inserted from time to time over future years. It felt sweet to see the Alumni team to the last challenge.

The soccer tournament was well received and many played Saturday morning. We had well attended workshops which were each practical to life and spiritual growth, and the Saturday AM craft was so well received (wooden signs) we’ll need to move it to the library next fall to accommodate for space. Obah night on Saturday saw a gym full of 260+ people (with alumni, students, staff, and lot of children!) and a great meal enjoyed together. The “President’s Pie Challenge is part of that and I ended up losing and finding myself with a face full of whipped cream from Interim President Jason Elford. That’s the second time I’ve been pied as Alumni President and never once was I able to enjoy pieing someone else in my 4 years, but who’s keeping track?! I’m excited to share we raised enough money over the weekend to pay for replacing the original Hobart mixer in the kitchen - which was on its very last legs - for a cost of roughly $12,000. On Sunday morning, Larry Rempel preached from Hebrews about finishing the race well as we wrapped up the weekend! You can read weekend details and Alumni of the Year write-ups (Dennis & Hannah Kroeker and Darryl & Denise Rice) at www.nipawin.org.

This is the last letter as Alumni President. as Josh Lees officially takes over the role. It’s been a enjoyable and rewarding experience watching the sacrifice of students, staff, board members and alumni serving at NBC. I encourage you to welcome and help Josh Lees in his new role, along with Crystal Pelletier and Allan Klippenstein who will be joining Shelby Desharnais and Joshua Nickel as the current Alumni Exec. I wish you all a Happy New Year. Remember to keep the NBC in your prayers as January is always a month full of students travelling for their ministry practicums.

Sincerely,

Kyle Larson

Alumnus of the Year Awards 2018

Award for Distinguished Service to NBC: Dennis & Hannah Kroeker

I met this couple in the fall of 1993 when I came here as a student and they were on staff. I remember being impressed with his Ford ½ ton and the 2 skidoos he had sitting on his front yard here on campus. I’m sure I was also impressed with his theological knowledge and his ability to teach, which he did here at NBI for 13 years.

Now, fast forwarding from the time they were on staff until I came on staff in 2006. It was at this time I was able to reconnect with them around the ladies dorm renovation project. I clearly remember the day Dennis Kroeker called me to say he had a day open up where he could volunteer in the dorm. That was the same day where I had to attend to the needs of one of my friends who had just lost his mother. Dennis’ timing and ability to listen to and obey the Holy Spirit has always astounded me. Most recently it was from Dennis that both Jason and I received support and encouragement through texts, phone calls, coffee and prayer as we navigated the waters of presidential and staff transition.

We all know that behind every good man stands a supportive wife, and Hannah’s contributions to the NBC family are equally as significant. Hannah has been a huge encouragement as she has joined cantata year after year and particularly taken the soprano section under her wings by taking them to her home and working on perfecting their parts. It has often been observed that Hannah is intentional at ensuring students feel welcome at their church and have opportunity to get involved. Many students can attest to Hannah’s gift of hospitality as they have been well fed with perogies, enchiladas and donuts, as well as her willingness to visit them on their turf in the dorm.

Dennis and Hannah Kroeker are people like you and I who have determined to live life in step with the Holy Spirit. This is evident year after year as they pour into the lives of NBC Staff, Students and their church family through words of encouragement, tangible involvement and time in prayer on our behalf.

It is a great privilege for us as an Alumni Association to recognize Dennis and Hannah Kroeker with a 2018 Alumnus of the Year Award for distinguished service to NBC.

Kendall Dyck

Award for Distinguished Faithfulness in Ministry: Darryl & Denise Rice

In 2000 this young lady came to Nipawin Bible Institute as a freshman. She spent 2 years as a student at Nipawin before heading west to Alberta to go to College for 1 year in Olds for office administration. She chose the Olds area mostly because her older brother already lived in the area serving as a youth pastor. In fact it was this brother who initially convinced her to come out and help with the youth group at his church during in that fall of 2002.
After her first year of helping another young man returned from his own 3 years of Bible College up in Peace River country. He also began “helping out” at the youth group, which was the church he’d grown up in. They helped with youth for a couple years and it wasn’t too long and this friendship grew to be something more. In the meantime, Denise’s brother had moved on from Youth Pastoring there, and it was the fall of 2005 when Darryl and Denise decided together that there were just too many youth in their church to “not have a youth group” of some sort. And so, still only dating, they took on the role of youth leaders at Garrington Community Church. On the side of course, Denise worked full-time with the Olds Agriculture society and Darryl was in the midst of schooling in nearby Red Deer College. Denise laughed telling me she thought they’d maybe do it for a few years. In the spring of 2006 they were married and carried on leading youth as a married couple.

They continued to run youth during the 2 years Darryl did school up in Edmonton. He’d live up there during the week, drive the 2 1/4 hours back down to Garrington on Friday just in time to run youth with Denise and they’d have the weekend together before he headed back to Edmonton while she stayed working in Olds. In 2011 and 2013 they welcomed a son (Eli) and daughter (Addelyn) and didn’t miss a beat with leading youth. Their babies turned into toddlers and then to little kids and they just brought them along.

They see a wide mix of both churched and unchurched kids and find the ministry most fulfilling when they see youth growing and living their life for God. Darryl and Denise have made a concerted effort to bring their youth to three60five, they think they’ve only missed 1 or maybe 2 in their 13 years. In fact one of Denise’s most memorable youth experiences was hearing a deep spiritual conversation for 6 hours on the way home in one of the recent years. They are pleased to see one of their youth here at NBC as a freshman this year.

Denise continues to work with the Olds Agriculture Society where she’s been for 15 years, and after teaching for a number of years Darryl now works as a Field Operator in the oil & gas industry. And they’re still leading youth, many of whom weren’t born when they started. Apart from youth ministry, the Rice’s also enjoy serving Sunday’s with Sunday School, sound and tech ministry, and Darryl has also served on the Church Board.

The Nipawin Bible College is pleased to recognize Darryl and Denise Rice with the 2018 Alumnus of the Year award for Faithfulness in Ministry.

Jason Elford

Alumni Weekend Recaps

2018 Recap

Dear Alumni

I would like to thank everyone who showed up for Alumni weekend November 23-25. With over 160 alumni registered, in my understanding it may have been the largest regular Alumni Weekend we’ve ever hosted at NBC. Facilities manager Kendall Dyck has even been considering if there needs to be some sort of cap for the weekend moving forward — what an exciting problem. Space and numbers aside, I hope it was rewarding and refreshing for those in attendance. For those unable to attend, here were some of the highlights.

The last regularly scheduled weekend hockey challenge happened this year. I know that’s maybe a bitter feeling for some. But with the numbers of students who play hockey each year dwindling (even with full capacity student numbers) and the fact that Alumni Weekend often attracts more recent alumni, we were faced with a reality of the hockey teams getting smaller and smaller each year. With an announcement of this being “the last annual game” numbers were up significantly, and there can likely be a game inserted from time to time over future years. It felt sweet to see the Alumni team to the last challenge.

The soccer tournament was well received and many played Saturday morning. We had well attended workshops which were each practical to life and spiritual growth, and the Saturday AM craft was so well received (wooden signs) we’ll need to move it to the library next fall to accommodate for space. Obah night on Saturday saw a gym full of 260+ people (with alumni, students, staff, and lot of children!) and a great meal enjoyed together. The “President’s Pie Challenge is part of that and I ended up losing and finding myself with a face full of whipped cream from Interim President Jason Elford. That’s the second time I’ve been pied as Alumni President and never once was I able to enjoy pieing someone else in my 4 years, but who’s keeping track?! I’m excited to share we raised enough money over the weekend to pay for replacing the original Hobart mixer in the kitchen - which was on its very last legs - for a cost of roughly $12,000. On Sunday morning, Larry Rempel preached from Hebrews about finishing the race well as we wrapped up the weekend! You can read weekend details and Alumni of the Year write-ups (Dennis & Hannah Kroeker and Darryl & Denise Rice) at www.nipawin.org.

This is the last letter as Alumni President. as Josh Lees officially takes over the role. It’s been a enjoyable and rewarding experience watching the sacrifice of students, staff, board members and alumni serving at NBC. I encourage you to welcome and help Josh Lees in his new role, along with Crystal Pelletier and Allan Klippenstein who will be joining Shelby Desharnais and Joshua Nickel as the current Alumni Exec. I wish you all a Happy New Year. Remember to keep the NBC in your prayers as January is always a month full of students travelling for their ministry practicums.

Sincerely,

Kyle Larson

2017 Recap

Highlights of the weekend:

1)Raised a record $20,495 alumni projects for the year:
-Replacing the 57yr old main range hood and oven
-Replacing the 16yr old main Hobart dishwasher

2)Alumni bursaries ($500 per student):
-Emily Reimer, Myles Abrahamson, Colton Abrahamson, Benjamin Steppan

3)New Alumni Executive members voted in:
-Shelby Desharnais, and Joshua Nickel

4)Dave and Sharon Dyck were main speakers

5)Alumni of the Year for 2017:
-Manfred and Stella Neff for Distinguished Faithfulness in Ministry
-Dave and Marsha Reimer for Distinguished Service to NBC

6)Well attended and relevant workshops, incredible afternoon coffee house run by Reneil Larson and the overtime win by the NBC staff/students hockey team.