This award is given each year to alumni who contribute extraordinarily towards the ongoing work of NBC and/or as a token of recognition for a life given to faithful ministry or servanthood. Please contact NBC or the Alumni Exec if you know an Alumnus you feel deserves to be given this honor.

2023 - Stan Masich & Janet Harms Masich

If you spent some time on NBC campus over the summer and fall of 2023, you may have met, or been witness to the work of, Stan Masich. Stan and Janet, despite living 3 hours away in Saskatoon, have been an enormous blessing to NBC as they have consistently given of their time and resources, showing extraordinary support for the ongoing ministry of the college.

For those who do not know Stan and Janet, their story is one of ongoing service everywhere the Lord has led them. Stan became a Christian as an adult, in 1986, and was married to his first wife, Doris, that same year. After getting married he attended school to become a machinist and welder, a career he continued in until retirement. Stan was involved in the International Christian Bikers Association and served in facilities with his church, Diefenbaker Drive Community Church.

Janet came from a family with long ties to TRBI/NBI and chose to continue that heritage by attending NBI herself. While at NBI she began dating a young man named Dwayne and they married following their time at NBI. Once married, they together went into pastoral ministry, serving first in Midale, SK and then as church planter of Living Hope, in Saskatoon.

In 2005 Dwayne passed away, leaving behind Janet and her two children. Just a few months later Doris passed away, leaving Stan and his two young children. Thanksgiving weekend of 2006, Stan and Janet met, and in 2007 were married, bringing together their two young families. As with any newly married couple, there were many decisions and compromises to be made, and at this time Stan chose to leave Diefenbaker Drive Community Church to begin attending the church where Dwayne and Janet had been pastoring. Unsatisfied to simply attend church, Stan took on the role of overseeing facilities at that church as well.

Throughout several moves and changes in life, Stan and Janet attended a few different churches, however in every church they attended it was important to them to be fully “plugged-in” and involved, using the gifts God gave them to serve others. Since the outbreak of war in Ukraine, Stan and Janet have been actively involved in providing support for displaced peoples, hosting them in their home and helping them get settled in Canada.

It is this servant heart that has been witnessed here at NBC. Beginning in 2022, Stan assisted in the new construction on the fourplex, and then later on in laying the sod. During this last summer, Stan and Janet spent time camping in Nipawin while Stan was involved in the renovation of one of the staff houses. When NBC had issues with the old zero-turn mowers, Stan hauled them away and performed maintenance and repairs. When NBC made the decision to demolish house #12, Stan took the time to come to NBC on more than one occasion to play a crucial role in that project.

Although Stan did not attend NBC himself, he became familiar with the college after meeting Janet and making the trip to Nipawin to visit. With Marlow, their youngest son, currently in his third year of studies, they have become more closely connected to NBC as of late, and we have been blessed by their seemingly endless generosity.

Nipawin Bible College is pleased to recognize Stan Masich and Janet Harms Masich as the 2023 Alumnus of the Year for Distinguished Service Toward NBC.


Stan & Janet's Response:

Thank you so much for the honour of receiving this award, but let’s be honest, it’s Stan that does all of the work. I merely try to coax him home once in a while!

When Stan and I were preparing to get married we quickly realized that many compromises would have to be made as we joined our families. It was during that time that I read Romans 12:1 during my devotional time, and I happened to read it in The Message. It says, “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.” Stan and I are ordinary people with ordinary lives, and we try to take these ordinary things and look for ways to use them to say ‘yes’ to God.

Stan had really enjoyed working on campus. The warmth and camaraderie of the students is fun to be a part of, and they always help Stan to feel like he is one of the group. Stan also really appreciates the time and passion that Jason Elford brings to his role as president of the college. Jason is quick to respond to texts, to check in with Stan as he works on projects, and to make sure that the details are being taken care of so that Stan is able to use his time and abilities to their fullest while he is there. Thank you Jason for the way your serve God at NBC. You have made it a joy to come along side you in ministry.

2023 - Tony & Janet Ens

Like many other young people, this couple began their first foray into ministry working at Bible Camp, Winkler Bible Camp to be precise. Although they worked at the same camp it took until their second summer before they really began getting to know one another, and eventually entered into a dating relationship.

Following their second summer of camp ministry they both went off to Bible school in Saskatchewan, however they attended different schools; Tony chose to attend Bethany College, while Janet chose Nipawin Bible Institute. While they were both happy with the schools they were attending, maintaining a dating relationship while attending different schools, largely through phone calls with the in-dorm pay phones, was a challenge. Tony saw great things happening in Janet's life at NBI, and so he made the decision to switch schools for his second year, allowing them to be together for the remainder of their Bible school education.

Prior to their second year of Bible school, Tony and Janet returned to camp ministry for the summer, however this time Janet worked at Pine Ridge Bible Camp, while Tony returned for another summer at Winkler Bible Camp. It was at Pine Ridge Bible Camp that Janet remembers an interaction with campers who had no basic knowledge of Bible stories, making her aware that right here in her “backyard” there are people who were completely unaware of the Gospel message; this experience gave Janet a sense that God was leading her to some form of ministry right here in Canada. During this same summer, Tony was witness to a transformative change in the attitude of a couple of First Nations campers who attended on leave from a halfway house, leading him to feel called into some form of ministry among Canadian First Nations people.

Following their summer at camp, they returned to NBI for their second year of Bible school. During their time at NBI, further interactions with representatives of NCEM, particularly Bud Elford speaking at Missions Conference, led them to make the decision to take NCEM’s summer program Northern Missionary Training Camp. Following graduation, in the spring of 1988, Tony and Janet joined the program.  Recently engaged, they were assigned to the furthest apart locations. They chose to reject Bud Elford's offer to marry them immediately in order to go to the same location for training.

After getting married, Tony and Janet joined a church plant in Ontario with EMMC, where they served in youth ministry before reconnecting with NCEM in 1991 and relocating to their first mission field in Pelly Crossing, Yukon. They served faithfully in Pelly Crossing from 1992 until 1998, when they felt God leading them, along with their four young children, to Whitehorse. They served in Whitehorse until 2008, when they moved to Lac La Biche, Alberta, to serve at Key-Way-Tin Bible Institute, an NCEM Bible School.

After serving at Key-Way-Tin Bible Institute for several years, circumstances led to the closure of the school, leaving Tony and Janet looking to what God had for their future. Although there were many options, and suggestions, for where to go next, they had a peace about returning to their ministry in Whitehorse, so in 2013 they moved back to Yukon. They had visited many times while serving in Lac La Biche, and maintained connections there, allowing them the ability to “hit the ground running” when they returned.

Ministry for Tony and Janet is multi-faceted, as with most people involved in ministry, but their years of faithful service has afforded them many opportunities that are only possible due to the relationships they have fostered over their time in the Yukon. Tony has been involved in prison ministry for many years, and recently become the part-time chaplain at the prison. Through the relationships developed over the years of faithful service, Tony is also called upon to perform many funerals, for which Janet is often involved as well. One on one visitation is also a key aspect of their ministry for both Tony and Janet. They also serve together in a “Grief Share” initiative in Whitehorse, through the support of their church, that Janet felt a strong need for in the communities. They are also involved in candidate care with NCEM, providing support for NCEM candidates.

Tony and Janet’s encouragement to you: “There are lots of people out there who are serving their churches faithfully, may not be as up-front, but they are faithfully serving the Lord. If there has been someone who has been an encouragement in your life, in your walk with the Lord, try to let that person know how much you really appreciate that. Encourage your encouragers”.

Nipawin Bible College is pleased to recognize Tony and Janet Ens as the 2023 Alumnus of the Year for Distinguished Faithfulness in Ministry.


Tony & Janet's Response:

Hi everyone. It has been great to reconnect with NBC through chatting with Ben Thiessen, the Alumni president, and we were blessed in our interview with Michael Rowland. We hope you are having a wonderful Alumni Weekend. We aren’t exactly the alumni that would be recognized for faithful attendance at Alumni Weekends, 1991 was the last, and only, Alumni Weekend we attended. We really appreciated our time at NBC; it provided friendships, some which have lasted for 38 years now. It also helped set a foundation in God’s word to prepare us for living for Jesus Christ and serving in His name.

It’s an honour to receive this award, and we thank you. We also thank the Lord for the many NBC alumni whose service in their churches and communities is so important to what God is doing around the world. We give the glory to Jesus Christ for the work He is doing in and through our lives. Grace and peace to you all.

2022 - Ed & Ruth Peters

These individuals grew up in close proximity in small towns outside of Saskatoon.  After a year of Bible school at Bethany Bible Institute this gentleman settled back into his home church in Warman, helping out at the youth group.  It was here he was reacquainted with a young woman, who he’d known of since they were kids.  No longer children, a spark happened quickly, and just 7 months later, they wed.

The next few years included church ministry with the youth, and starting a family.  With a 3 and 1 year old in tow, God brought them to Bible school at Nipawin for the fall of 1983.  A couple of NBI alumni, Norm & Diane Janzen and Tim Ryan were greatly influential in that step.

As students, he loved the classes and grew immensely.  She was even able to audit some classes, despite also serving as full-time mom to young Jocelyn and Jerel.  Staff at Nipawin who impacted them those days included Dennis Kroeker and Dan Koop, in part through their teaching, and also Dan’s missionary heart that influenced the Peters toward considering God’s missional call.

A week before a fall conference, NBI staff Tassos Xanthopolous asked Ed the question, “Have you ever considered pastoral ministry?”  Having not considered himself pastor material, the question became an integral part of God’s work in their hearts, along with conversations with a Village Missions rep at the conference.  After considering foreign missions, the Peters came to think if they could raise up missionaries in their churches as a pastoral couple, they’d be multiplying themselves for God’s work around the world.

After graduation and a short internship, the Peters joined Village Missions and began serving on the sunshine coast of BC in 1986.  Compared to rural Saskatchewan, you could say the BC coast felt like foreign missions!  After 8 years of a growing experience there, the Lord loosened their grip, making it clear he was moving them to their next destination.  But, not before the blessing of leading one last gentleman to the Lord.  Marty was baptized the 2nd Sunday before they left, reminding them of God’s faithful work over their time in BC.

In 1994, Ed and Ruth left BC for the rural farming community of Garrington, AB.  28 years later, they’re still there.  It takes a clear calling to stay in one place through all the ups and downs of pastoral ministry.  Ruth is known as a prayer warrior - if congregants are looking for prayer, they know who to go to.  When someone is sick, or something hard is happening, Ruth’s hospitality shines through as she bakes and cooks meals.  Ruth has also been part of leading ladies Bible study for years, often team-teaching with other ladies as she faithfully studies the Word and passes it on.

Ed, continues to preach and fill the role of pastor.  Feeling unqualified going into pastoral ministry, he fondly remembers a time from his earlier years when a mouse got into a box of sermon notes he’d packed away.  Ed laughs, noting that when he found the mouse dead in the box he was sure he’d died from eating content that was so exceptionally dry.  Yet, he gratefully notes how faithful God has been to speak through His Word, even as Ed could make only his best efforts to share it with the congregation week by week.  Ed wants to encourage and challenge each of us, to consider the faithfulness of God even when we feel unqualified, or not good enough.  Where is God calling you?!

Like the work in a farming community, the work of God is never finished.  There’s always another visit or call, and more preparation for services and sermons.  They’ve been blessed to see God’s faithfulness in bringing strangers to Christ, men on their deathbeds, and many other individuals who’ve accepted the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.  And as part of their original decision to join Village Missions instead of going overseas…they’ve also been blessed to see no less than a dozen couples or singles from their churches eventually go into full-time foreign missions work around the globe.  Praise God.

Even as chapters of life continue to change, the Peters look toward who God is calling to continue on the ministry in Garrington, and the ways they may be able to mentor or help raise up those leaders.

At Nipawin Bible College, it is indeed an honour to acknowledge as our 2022 Alumnus of the Year for Distinguished Faithfulness in Ministry, Ed & Ruth Peters.

2022 - Kendall & Melisa Willson

Both these individuals came to Nipawin as single people, and escaped as single people.  Over the next few years, she began working at the Camp Arnes office in Winnipeg, and shortly after that their long distance friendship matured and bloomed into something more.  He moved to Winnipeg and they were engaged and married over the next months.  After they started a family, she stayed home, and it was he who carried on work at Camp Arnes eventually landing in the role as the program coordinator.

In 2004, this couple packed their bags and headed to Lloydminster (the SK side!) with their two small children for what seemed like a dream opportunity working with a small local business.  Within 6 months they felt unsettled and were certain God had something else for them to come.  In fact, they even had a for sale sign sitting in their home for months before finally putting it outside.

When a phone call came in January 2006 asking them to consider a position at NBC, the Willson’s felt confident God was at work.  Kendall remembers driving home after an interview, filled with joy at the opportunity to bring his family back to NBC.  They moved to campus and Kendall began as Finance and Facilities manager in March 2006.

They thoroughly appreciated their time on staff at NBC.  Highlights were numerous - Melisa mentioned having NBC students take personal interest in their kids, having NBC fill the role of extended family when much of theirs lived farther away.  Kendall would enjoy watching 3rd and 4th years and how much they’d changed as God transformed them over their years.  He enjoyed getting to know the hands-on guys that would do their student work with the misc crew.  He even enjoyed building relationship with the students who had the biggest money challenges who had to visit him the most in the finance office.

As their children got older, Melisa joined the NBC staff as well in the fall of 2011, becoming the bookstore manager and doing some other administrative work.  From 2006 to 2021, the Willson’s remained a fixture on the NBC staff.  Service to Nipawin Bible College as staff doesn’t stop with 40 hour work weeks, and it was not uncommon to see Kendall on campus working on different projects or snow clearing, or Melisa to be in the book store if something extra needed to be done.

Melisa finished at the Bookstore after 9 years, and after 15 years in Finance and Facilities, God gave Kendall the freedom in his heart and mind to know it was time to move on to what He had next.  Kendall and Melisa set the standard for what it means to serve faithfully throughout an entire tenure, to finish a job well right to the end, and then to leave well.

In fact, though they are not employed by NBC anymore, in so many ways, Kendall and Melisa have not left.  That is in fact, what this award is all about.  Distinguished Service to NBC.  Only a year after leaving as a staff member, Melisa started sensing God was calling her back to be a student!  She desired to equip herself more to serve in women’s ministry.  Since graduating from her 4th year, Melisa has thrown herself in ministry roles at her church, with mentoring, Bible studies, and friendships.  She has co-led Women’s ministry classes and weekend events at NBC including a women’s ministry class in Meadow Lake this January under the NBC umbrella.  She accepted nomination to the NBC Alumni Executive, and has served faithfully over this past year.

Kendall continues to be a buttress, a pillar of strength for Nipawin Bible College.  He has put in extra hours to train a new Finance Manager, he fields calls regularly about all kinds of things at NBC from the Facilities Manager, Maintenance Manager, the President, and the Board.  This past summer while we were in a time of transition, Kendall took initiative to phone me on numerous occasions to see what he could do;  ordering gravel, grading roads. and more.  He was a blessing and a channel of God’s grace to this College.

Despite the mixed feelings that come with leaving a place you love, God has been faithful to involve the Willsons in a number of roles and relationships that affirm his timing and leading in their lives.

Kendall wrote in my 1996 yearbook as he graduated and I finished my first year.  I’ve copied the exact last two sentences to share with you all, and I’m changing just the last word as I now address it to Kendall from myself.  “You have a heart for God and you’re a spiritually mature guy.  And your big muscles, wow, you’re buffed.  Love Jason.”  Thank you Kendall and Melisa for how you serve NBC.

It is an honour today to recognize Melisa and Kendall Willson as our 2022 Alumnus of the Year for Distinguished Service to Nipawin Bible College.

2021 - Stephen Epp

Serving NBC comes in all shapes and sizes. For each full or part time staff who serves our students together here, there are faithful alumni - like you here today, praying, giving, recruiting, joining hands with us in the effort to continue developing passionate followers of Jesus Christ with a heart to serve.

I’ve often found it easy to fall into a thinking that I’d be more of a blessing if I had more money to give. Or if I was spending 4 hours a day praying instead of 20minutes, or if only I was a more effective communicator, persuader, recruiter. But when I look at this individual we honour today I see a man being intentional simply, with the talents he has been given, investing into kingdom at NBC.

A word I would highlight with this gentleman is this: intentionality. He came to NBC in 2010, a farm kid through and through. Familiar with cattle, grain, the weather and the land, and the hard work necessary to earn a living on a farm in Saskatchewan. Not an academic by any stretch, there was one way for him to earn passing marks in all the reading, writing and other classroom expectations at NBC. Hard work and intentionality.

Our lives overlapped first when he returned for a 2nd year at Nipawin, and I came to work here in the fall of 2011. If there was ever a Misc Crew dream team at NBC with our students - he was a vital part of it along with 1 or 2 others during his time here. Need a side walk shovelled? Trees moved? Make shift back of 1/2ton hot tub created? Any maintenance done at any time of the day in any spot on campus? He was always there.

Since Stephen finished his 2 years as a student, he has maintained connection here through his intentionality. Even as there is only 1 staff member still here from his years. He has attended Alumni Connect nights in his area, has regularly come out to Alumni Weekend, and he regularly makes sure to come and talk to me about the specifics of NBC. How are we doing? How is the student body doing? How is the staff? What are our long term plans, and what are needs on campus?

Stephen has gone out of his way to bless the staff here. One time after an alumni connect night he came to in North Battleford a few years ago, he asked me which direction I was headed from there the next day. He arranged to meet me in Glaslyn on my way to Meadow Lake, telling me he had something to give me. I didn’t know what to expect, but when we met on the side of the highway, he gave me a couple boxes of freshly frozen steaks to bring back to NBC for a staff BBQ in the spring.

For years Stephen has made available for our staff to get 1/4 or 1/2 beefs at reasonable prices, and this fall he phoned me to see how the new 4plex was coming along and was there a specific way him and his family could contribute to the project.

We are so thankful for alumni like Stephen Epp. For his interest, for his concern, for his ongoing giving and contributions, for his intentionality, we are pleased to honour Stephen as our 2021 Alumnus of the Year Award for Distinguished Service to NBC.

2021 - Terry & Rosie Banman

Following the Lord’s direction in ministry can be described as a journey of trust, one where you know you are called to serve - but don’t know completely what the future holds and what God has in store. These two students came to Nipawin Bible Institute in the late 1980’s. Marrying after their second year, they graduated one year later in the spring of ’91. Sensing God’s call toward missions, they began their training together just a few years later with New Tribes Mission in southern Ontario. Along with two small children, they headed for Papua New Guinea in January 1997.

God brought them to a remote mountainous area of the country to live and serve among the Wusuraambya people. Two years after arriving, child number 3 came along. God worked in and through them - living without the everyday conveniences we take for granted, learning a different language, and serving with a small team of other missionaries, they saw many people place their faith in Jesus Christ and a thriving church that grew in maturity.

God would have them serve with Wusaraambya people for 11 years before leading them to the next place on His journey for them. In 2008 Terry & Rosie moved to a more central area support centre to help take care of new missionaries and be mentored into the leadership team. Serving in this location meant the Banman’s took on new responsibilities to support missionaries living in remote language groups. It meant serving in capacities like security coordinator, orientation coordinator, public relations, and member care. God was faithful to provide as He called them to serve.

Life brought change as it does with passing years. In 2015 the Banman’s went back to PNG without their oldest 2 children, who had both graduated and stayed in Canada. After 2 more years, their youngest graduated, and they came back to Canada for a year long home assignment. This was a great time to deal with weariness, health issues with parents, and receiving a first diagnosis of the early onset of Parkinson’s with Rosie. God’s faithfulness in the timing with that home assignment was clear.

Still, they were eager to return to PNG for the next chapter…this time, without any kids. Terry & Rosie had always sensed God’s leading to serve overseas. God continued to do amazing things as they served, even as it became evident over time that because of health, God was beginning to close the door on overseas ministry. It became clear they would not be able to continue travelling back and forth to PNG and by 2020, they knew their time had come to a close. In the same way they had walked by faith to go overseas some 23 years earlier, it was time to trust God and obey in faith as He brought them back to Canada. Proverbs 3:5,6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”

The Lord has placed the Banman’s in the past year in a role of Church Relation Reps for Ethnos here in the Western Canada. They’ve settled back into Manitoba, and the Lord has even placed their 3 grown children (and now 2 grandchildren) within driving distance of them for this time. They regularly travel around the prairies, and Terry continues to preach and bring mission awareness wherever he can.

At Nipawin Bible College, we are so thankful for how Terry & Rosie Banman have followed the Lord’s leading in their lives, and we are pleased to honour them today, with this 2021 Alumnus of the Year Award for Distinguished Faithfulness in Ministry.

2020 - Walter & Cindy Selke

It is often true that the paths of our lives before attending NBC show glimpses of God’s sovereignty in where he takes us after NBC.  Coming out of difficult or ungodly circumstances are no match for the transformative work of Jesus Christ, and this couple’s individual backgrounds and the work God did in their lives at Nipawin, helped set them on a good trajectory of walking with many who had also lived through varying, but tough, circumstances in their own lives.

Though I’m not trying to promote Nipawin as a Bridal College, this is another story of God bringing two lives together into one.

She had made a commitment to Christ in her mid-teens, but had not grown up in a very solid home, living through some pretty tough family situations, and without much for good Christian example in her home life.  He had grown up in an alcoholic and quite unstable home, and didn’t come to accept Christ until he was 20.  Coming to Nipawin as a student didn’t happen until his mid-20’s.  You could say it was a miracle they both made it here.

When I asked him what brought them together, He simply said to me “God”.  Hard to argue with that.  But in all seriousness, after connecting personally through an informal coffee get-together, there was a spark.  And that led to another coffee.  In the words of Walter, they were “two really messed up people who the Lord brought together to work and serve together.”  They brought the Lord into their relationship right from the beginning — praying, asking for God’s permission and leading before they started to date.  

They expected God to lead, and He did.  Throughout the years since, they haven’t stopped looking for His leading.

He, and Cindy married in 1989, joined Northern Canada Evangelical Mission and started with First Nations ministry in the city of Regina.  Their children Mark, Daniel, and Caylea all came along in the early 90’s.  In 1994 they began the Healing Hearts church plant where they’ve served in varying functions to this day.   Inner city ministry in those early days meant pioneering things like gang intervention and exit strategies, dealing with racism, abuse, and deep hurt.

Cindy has had an incredible ministry with so many women.  Through Bible studies, music ministry, counselling and mentoring, walking with women in addiction and other areas, she’s been privileged and amazed to see God’s ongoing work in and through her.  Prayer has been such a vital and ongoing ministry for Cindy as well as Walter, whose strengths lie in areas of engaging with people, relational skills, and other areas of leadership.  And if you’ve seen any of his vehicle projects you’ll note he’s also good with his hands.

Walter served 6 years on the NBC board in recent years, and Walter has also led the FMP orientation at NBC for freshmen here in January multiple times.  Though the details of who they’ve they’ve served under have occasionally changed over the years, whether NCEM or NAIM, the specific Healing Hearts ministry and their service in Regina has continued throughout.

In fact, going back to NCEM wasn’t what Walter or Cindy would have foreseen, but just as they prayed when they started to date, they’ve continued to be steady in prayer, looking to, and expecting God to lead.  4 years ago Walter became the Director of NCEM, while they continue to oversee Healing Hearts ministry.

Walter and Cindy really see ministry as committing yourself to serving the Lord.  While equipping and preparing yourself is important, a long list of degrees or credentials are not what God is looking for.  The Selke’s are excited these days to see God raising up a new army of young people who want to serve the Lord in First Nations Ministry.  They are loving being in the Word, searching for the Lord to lead them every day, and are seeing God work in wonderful ways.

At Nipawin Bible College we are encouraged by the work of God through the lives of our alumni serving faithfully.  And this morning, it’s an honour to present Walter & Cindy Selke with the 2020 Alumnus of the Year Award for Faithfulness in Ministry.

2020 - Carl & Brenda Ens

Once upon a time, this couple first met as students at Nipawin Bible Institute.  He, was an alumni kid, whose dad had attended TRBI back in the early days of its history.  Through he’d grown up mainly in the Nipawin area and was well aware of NBI, he wasn’t entirely sold on the idea of coming to Nipawin as a student.

After High School he spent some years pursuing a few other options - however, after attempts toward other careers or schooling ideas continued to fail, he finally relented in applying for Nipawin, even though at the time it may have felt like he was “settling” for God’s directing instead of his.

She grew up, as many good Mennonites do, in southern Manitoba, calling the MacGregor area home.  Being interested in Bible College, she had a family connection to Nipawin through a sibling of her mother’s, who had attended NBI in the 70’s.  And so, she applied, and off she went.

As students, both grew in their love for the Lord, understanding of His Word, and some sense of calling in their lives.  This couple’s friendship also grew, slowly, but steadily, until they formally went to a Christmas banquet together toward the latter part of their time at NBI. Though he graduated a year before she, they finished her time at NBI with a bang, getting engaged on the weekend of her graduation in the spring of 1987.  Sensing God was calling them into ministry, they were married and spent a year in the MacGregor area before God led them to join Village Missions.  Carl and Brenda spent 14 years pastoring in 5 different rural churches across BC, SK, and MB, and God added 3 children to their family along the way.

The longer they were with Village Missions, the more God seemed to lead them in a new specific direction.  This led to a transition in 2002, moving to Aylsham, SK and starting full time into a children’s ministry that included camps, running VBS, doing puppetry and marionettes, and a few other things that were part of sharing the gospel with kids in settings across Western Canada.  Ministry in Aylsham has also grown with Carl and Brenda part of leading local church services usually 2-3 times a month.

A missions trip to Central America in the mid-2000’s sparked in Brenda a desire to intentionally begin learning Spanish.  Self taught over a number of years, a more recent trip to Costa Rica even earned the praise of a native Costa Rican guide who stated that her Spanish was near perfect.  This Spanish learning would come to be a very unexpected, but helpful aid with ministry in Aylsham.

In 2020 Carl and Brenda continue to serve under the Umbrella of Healing Hearts with children’s ministry.  Carl regularly preaches, they travel together sharing many dramas in churches, camps, VBS’s, and other places.  And wouldn’t you know, God prepared them (especially Brenda) for ministry with a permanent and seasonal Nicaraguan community that has settled right in the Aylsham area.  As Carl has reflected on years gone by, he’s been amazed that God would consider doing work through them — two of the people you might have thought least likely to do pastoring or public speaking work while they were students at NBI in the 1980’s.  Carl almost quit NBI when he found out he’d have to take preaching class, and Brenda, quite soft spoken by nature, would not have considered herself the type who would ever be comfortable speaking in front of people.

But they marvel at how God works in and through us when we are only willing to follow Him.  A lot of their ministry in Aylsham is to the elderly.  Just this spring, Carl and Brenda were having phone calls with an elderly man who’d attended the Aylsham church for years.  Involved in accident and not doing well, he was in a Saskatoon hospital where they’d try to call him on a weekly basis.  One day in May, in one particular call Brenda, again, explained the gospel to him in clear point, and asked him if he believed.  His response was, “I do now”, and he went on to share that his growth toward belief had come through the ongoing relationship and love he had continued to be shown in part by Carl and Brenda.  What a privilege it was for Carl to lead this man’s memorial service only a few months later in September.

At Nipawin Bible College we are encouraged by the work of God through the lives of our alumni serving faithfully.  And this morning, it’s an honour to present Carl & Brenda Ens with the 2020 Alumnus of the Year Award for Faithfulness in Ministry.

2019 - Tim & Laurel Schroder
Have you ever looked at a word and wondered…am I saying that right?  I saw such a word reading my first prayer letter from this couple as I began at NBC in 2011.  Pukapuki.

In NBC history there are a handful of families for whom I could say…”there is Nipawin in their blood”…  Baxter’s, Koop’s, Vellacott’s, Lees, and more — each with multiple siblings or generations having attended here.  One family name I didn’t mention, will be mentioned as we recognize this Alumnus of the year couple today.

She…from this yet unmentioned family, came to NBI from small town Saskatchewan, for 3 years, graduating in 1985.  Shortly thereafter, while living in Flin Flon, MB she did a missions trip with New Tribes Mission to Venezuela.  In just her 2nd Sunday back in church she crossed paths for a first time with another young man who was new in town.  He had recently finished University and landed in Flin Flon as a small business consultant.

This young man, Tim — also had missions on the back burner of his mind as a possibility for the future.  This young lady, Laurel - who still an Abrahamson by last name at that point (one of EIGHT Abrahamson siblings to attend Nipawin - an all time record I might add) - Laurel officially added Tim to the Nipawin alumni family when they married in the years shortly after.

Together, they took another short-term trip in 1989 — this time to the West Britain area of Papua New Guinea.  God used that trip as a clear “yes” for full-time missions work.  They joined New Tribes Mission, underwent 1 year of training in Ontario, 8 months of language training in the States.  Then, God brought them and young son Rylan to serve for the first time in the remote Papua village of…Pukapuki (‘Puh-KA-puh-ki’, not ‘POOka-POOki’).  The Schroders served for 2 terms over roughly 10 years there, with translation, church planting, and discipling young believers.  God then took them back to Canada for a short time and opened a door for them to adopt two more children…including one daughter who’d also become a future alumnus — Joanna (who attended NBC 2016-2018).

By 2004, they were back to Papua.  The last 15 years have been ones of varying ministry locations and roles.  Time has been spent in the Highlands Region, Port Moresby, and more itinerant trips to the Pukapuki region.  There have been roles in offices, as government reps, medical receptionist work, and more time back to the villages — all while serving with New Tribes, living out the desire to see the gospel change lives in that area of the world.

Imagine yourself going down the river that first time to Pukapuki — not knowing what’s around the next bend.  God has faithfully and continually shown Tim & Laurel He has the big picture taken care of.  30 years after their first trip to Papua, Tim & Laurel are amazed - they’ve seen God’s grace enable Laurel to help with medical things normally reserved for doctors, they’ve seen God equip Tim as a church planter and discipler beyond anything he thought possible.

The Schroders have navigated the river of life, seeing time and time again, God knows what is around the next bend, and that whatever comes, He has deemed good to come.  Today we recognize Tim & Laurel Schroder as our 2019 Alumnus of the Year for Faithfulness in Ministry.

Jason  Elford
2019 - Dan & Valerie Moulton
The NBC family is made up of a wide range of people who’ve been a part of life at NBC for some chapter of time.  Former students, current and past staff, and spouses of all those formerly mentioned become officially recognized alumni of Nipawin Bible College according to our Alumni Constitution.
Part of this year’s Alumnus of the Year duo already lived in Nipawin when I first arrived in 2006.  They actually weren’t an alumnus yet, but it did not take me long to memorize Dan’s phone number as his ability to keep the old Ford 8N tractor running was astounding!!  There were many times when I would call Dan in a panic because the tractor would not run and he would drop what he was doing to help me with my problem.
The other part of this year’s Alumnus of the Year duo started working at NBC in August of 2012.  Valerie was hired as the Food Services Manager and has been serving the college for the past 7 years!!  Valerie is well known for her home cooked meals, special treats like cinnamon buns, pies and never ending supply of cookies.  The Christmas banquet and Thanksgiving meals are always spectacular!  She has an ability to provide well balanced meals at a cost effective price, always trying to balance variety with economy.  One of Valerie’s highlights is the relationships that she is able to build with the student cooks as they work along side her daily.
There came a time when Dan started hanging around the kitchen more regularly, it appeared that repairing the old Ford tractor was no longer his number one priority?  His willingness to scrub the dining hall floors, remove the garbage, do all the heavy lifting and if Valerie permitted, even flip pancakes on the grill, was and is to be commended.  I’ve tried to keep track of Dan’s volunteer hours through the years, but alas the number is only known to Dan’s Saviour and Lord.
Both widowed in life at various points in the past, it’s been exciting to see how God brought them together.  Dan and Valerie were married on August 19, 2017.  
It is a blessing to have them both serve the Lord together at Nipawin Bible College and it is a great privilege for us as an Alumni Association to recognize Dan and Valerie Moulton with a 2019 Alumnus of the Year Award for distinguished service to NBC.
Kendall Dyck
2018 - 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

2018 - 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

2017 - Dave & Marsha Reimer

Our mission is of course “developing passionate followers of Jesus Christ with a heart to serve”. This gentleman’s heart to serve has been evident since the day he left. Attending for 1 year as a 25 year old, he had only been out of NBI for 9 months when he let his name stand and was voted into the role of NBI Alumni President. A role he served in for 4 years, which inevitably lead to him serving on the NBC board for a stretch. During his time on the board he was a pioneer in the online dating world. Ironicially, his future wife, not an NBI alumnus herself, was encouraged to the same website he was on by another NBI alumnus in the Saskatoon area who’d met her spouse that way. Well, this gentleman married Marsha into our Alumni Association within a year of the initial email he sent. Shortly after I connected with Dave and Marsha in fall 2011 they were able to purchase an older farm house and put it onto a basement out on an acreage near Osler. I have always remembered clearly what they first told me about that home. “We want to be able to bless others with our home and whatever stuff God might give us here”. They have lived out their goal.

There is still no other home that I personally, or our NBC tour teams have been in more over my 6 1/2 years here. In fact, we’ve even had tour team members call them after they’ve finished attending NBC and stay at their house when they’ve been in Saskatoon for something like a wedding. You know you’ve felt welcome when you’re comfortable to do that. I can talk to students from 5 and 6 years ago, and they still all remember the Reimers. They remember the smoke alarm beeping as we arrived at 10:30pm at night to a late night feast of incredible appetizers and Marsha joking with them about how they didn’t know what they were in for. And the Reimers remember the students, they remember Jordan Fosseneuve and how he introduced himself as big chocolate, and how Jeremy Sherwood meticulously squeegeed and wiped every single drop of water from a shower that wasn’t even technically supposed to be used as a shower — they still laugh about that. All this hosting while their house has been a continual construction and renovation zone, while they’ve gone from one child to four, and while they’ve managed work and acreage responsibility on the side. In talking with them recently it struck me what compels them to their hospitality and all other forms of serving. They really love people. Like Christ loves people. In recent years they began an annual home-grown “spring donut drive” welcoming the warm weather. They make literally dozens of donuts, go out with the kids, and deliver them to all the neighbours building bridges and relational connections with even the most crabby neighbour who has no chance to be crabby with a little 3 year old smiling holding up fresh home made donuts.

Both live out their faith with their lives, in secular work places, or whether they are serving in the many areas they’ve served in their home church over the years. Crafts, music, Sunday School, youth group, kids club, serving on Boards, the list goes on. Just as they have incredibly blessed NBC, their home church, and whomever they have crossed paths with, may their lives be a challenge and an encouragement to each one of us, of how faithfully we can be a willing member of the Body of Christ, building each other up, as each one does it’s part. They continue to stay in touch with NBC, pray for us, are part of the Many Hands team, and the 2017 Alumnus of the Year Award for Distinguished Service to NBC goes to Dave & Marsha Reimer.

2017 - Manfred & Stella Neff

They’d been connected with community and a church in the Swan River area where he worked with seasonal carpentry and she with teaching/administration. He began to sense a tugging from God to invest in something more. And so it came to be they came as a mature couple to Nipawin Bible Institute. Even though they were almost old enough to be grandparents of their classmates, they embraced and enjoyed NBC community while this gentleman contributed much to his class. Leaving Nipawin in 2001 after 2 years, he wrote “I have learned so much, and now it is time to pass on what I have learned at NBI”. They moved to Grand Rapids MB, Stella’s hometown to do just that. With minimal denominational support, a church that was too small to pay them, and the challenges of serving alone, Manfred and Stella spent the last 15 years being intentional salt and light in a community desperately needing to accept the grace of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Manfred’s roles have included regular preaching, small group Bible study and discipling men, performing countless funerals and being involved in many other community services where he’s had much opportunity to clearly share the gospel. Stella has served in largely supporting and enabling him to serve these ways, but has also been involved in music ministry and Bible studies, while together they have regularly hosted VBS’s with the help of church groups from Steinbach. Now in their 70’s, they have faced challenging health realities. In the last couple years, Stella has had heart failure issues, while 14 months ago Manfred was diagnosed with advanced cancer in his liver and was given only 8-10 months as late as this past September. The last 12 months for the Neffs have looked like this: Sunday evening drive 5 hours to Winnipeg, Monday receive blood work, Tuesday receive chemotherapy, Wed/Thu recover from the worst side effects of chemotherapy and then drive back to Grand Rapids Thursday evening so they can serve in ministry in whatever their bodies will let them do for those 3 days before driving back to Winnipeg Sunday night to start all over. With the short-life expectancy, Manfred and Stella’s hope is that the chemo would slow down the cancer enough to buy more weeks and months so they may be able to minister to the people of Grand Rapids for that much longer. James 1 starts out by saying “2 Count it all joy, my brothers,[b] when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” and in verse 12 James gets to this fitting tribute. “12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”

As Manfred and Stella live out last years, months, or perhaps even days, they await a glorious crown and the sweet presence of their Saviour. May we pray for their ministry in Grand Rapids, and hold them up in prayer, giving, or any other way as they finish their ministry on earth. May each one of us be challenged to live to our last breath faithfully sharing the love of Christ to those around us. The 2017 Alumnus of the Year Award for Distinguished Faithfulness in Ministry goes to Manfred and Stella Neff.

2016 - Barry & Reneil Larson

If there were a separate world for all the giants of servanthood, I envision both this man and woman would be in that world. First meeting as students at Nipawin Bible Institute around the mid 80’s, they got married in 1988 and began life together. With 5 children by 1994, I can only imagine the juggling required when Reneil first served on the Alumni Executive in the late 1990’s. I have seen this couple’s faithful involvement in their own children’s lives and also with their home church, just a couple of other reasons why I find it so neat they have also taken intentional time to squeeze in serving faithfully as they’ve been able at Nipawin Bible College. Though you might not see HIM at the front of a room or auditorium, Barry is a valuable contributor of getting the necessary things done. In 2012 when we renovated Rempel Auditorium and finished this Student Lounge, Barry and his work-crew (a substantial portion of which were his children) were such a valuable asset to NBC in adding eavestrough to the exterior of this building. Just this past summer 2016, his crew was at it again - they were in and out so fast most of us staff missed even knowing they were on Campus. However, as quick as they left, they left us with 2 dorms which for the first time in almost 50 years, had eavestrough all down the sides. For her part, Reneil has served on the Alumni Exec at least 2 different times, most recently from 2011-13. In 2010 when it appeared no one would let their name stand to be the new Alumni President, she was willing to volunteer her name spur of the moment to be considered for filling the role. This weekend Reneil has given of her time to lead a workshop this afternoon on a topic near to her heart — that is sharing her passion with us as Alumni to strive for God-honouring and thriving marriages. The Larson’s have been part of NBC’s Many Hands team for years, and both Barry and Reneil are an inspiration, encouragement, and example to me. In my opinion, they don’t just serve faithfully, they also have a deep LOVE for the people they serve. The 2016 Alumnus of the Year Award for Distinguished Service to NBC goes to Barry & Reneil Larson.

2016 - Kendall & Amanda Buhler

In 1993, this gentleman came to NBC as a young, fuzzy faced Freshmen. Leaving after a year, he ventured down various paths including a small chapter as an live auctioneer. Called back to NBC in January of 2000 he began his 2nd year and by God’s providence crossed paths with a certain lady who happened to be a freshmen that year. In 2002 this couple were married and since it appears I decided that this year we’d give the Alumnus of the Year awards to people with lots of children 🙂 they started on a journey towards the 6 they have with them here today. After 2 years of pastoral training in Yorkton, they moved to Ebenezer, SK where Kendall took on the pastoral role at the Baptist church. A long-term commitment to a specific ministry inevitably results in seeing many triumphs, celebrating milestones, and experiencing the joys that come in seeing life-long growth in many you have crossed paths with or directly invested in throughout the years. Of course, it also usually comes with living through various disappointments, unexpected let-downs, and enduring through a number of hardships. Over the past 10 years at Ebenezer, Amanda has served in a number of capacities at the church including women’s ministry and discipling, and music ministry — this along with home-schooling the children as they reach school age. Apart from his role as pastor, Kendall has also served alongside Good Spirit Bible Camp for a number of years in roles including staff training, and one-on-one mentoring with camp leadership. In 2013 Kendall joined NBC’s Board of Directors, becoming Board chair 1 year ago. Kendall and Amanda are a part of the NBC Many Hands team, are Christian leaders and examples to many, and we are pleased to extend to them today the 2016 Alumnus of the Year award for Distinguished Faithfulness in Ministry.

2015 - Ryan & Pam Jansen

The 2015 Alumnus of the Year award for Distinguished Service to NBC goes to Ryan & Pam Jansen. Ryan was thrust into the alumni spotlight unexpectedly, allowing his name to stand on a spur of the moment nomination in 2010 to become the President of the Alumni Association when no other people had let their name stand coming into that Alumni Weekend. His position on the Alumni Executive soon led to an invitation to serve as part of the NBC Board of Directors. During Ryan’s time on the board he began to envision a new potential for NBC. In 2013 he brought his proposal forward to see NBC run completely by solar power. The process came together quickly and in June 2014 the project started with construction, eventually coming online in December, with a grand opening in April 2015. Without his company’s contributions and his own continual provision of time and expertise NBC would not have been able to complete the project at the cost we did. Alongside Ryan, Pam has also served faithfully. Shortly after becoming Alumni President, Ryan & Pam had their first child, and though the demands of time and this new experience were part of their life, Pam regularly hosted the alumni exec in their home for Alumni meetings, designed and made Alumni Weekend posters, and graciously allowed Ryan to travel to NBC for various meetings and Alumni Weekends, coming along as much as she was able and they regularly opened up or offered their home as a place for NBC staff or tour teams to stay on the road. Ryan & Pam continue to serve and bless NBC through faithful giving and his serving as part of the Board. We are honoured to have them as Alumni and to recognize them today.

Ryan & Pam Jansen RESPONSE

We are truly humbled to be named alumnus of the year, and sincerely thank you for this honor. We are sorry that we are not able to be with you today.

I (Ryan) attended NBI for one year in 2002-2003 directly after high school, as I was both: looking to build my life on a firm, Biblically-based foundation, as well as find a wife! God used the school to completely put my life on His track, and ingrain in me a clear direction and purpose for my life. Thus, accomplishing one of my goals… God had other ideas for providing a wife!

I met my beautiful wife, Pam, studying Engineering Physics at the University of Saskatchewan, while she was studying Commerce. Two years later, we were married, and we now have been married for 9 years, and have been blessed with two children. We attend Asquith Baptist Church, near Saskatoon, and are involved in many areas of leadership there.

Although I only spent one year at NBI as a student, God has called me back, and allowed me to serve as Alumni President for a 4-year term, and to continue serving as a Board Member. We are so grateful for the impact that this school has in Saskatchewan, Canada, and the world. We never cease to be amazed at the quality of students and staff that the Lord brings to NBC, and we are truly blessed to be a part of His plan here at the school. Thank you.

2015 - Gordon & Val Rowland

The 2015 Alumnus of the Year award for Distinguished Faithfulness in Ministry goes to Gordon & Val Rowland. Gordon and Val exemplify well the NBC Mission statement we seek to ingrain with our students today…

“Developing passionate followers of Jesus Christ with a heart to serve”.

Not only are they passionate followers of Christ serving faithfully, through their pastoral work over 35 years they have sought to invest themselves into congregations and individuals to see others grow in passion for following Christ in faithful service.

A long-term commitment of service to a specific ministry or organization inevitably results in seeing many triumphs, celebrating milestones, and experiencing the joys that come in seeing life-long growth in many you have crossed paths with or directly invested in throughout the years. Of course, it also usually comes with living through various disappointments, unexpected let-downs, and enduring a number of hardships.
Gordon & Val have served with Village Missions for over 35 years now in 5 mostly rural churches. They give faithfully through ‘Many Hands’ and were glad to see 3 of their children attend Nipawin. We are honoured to have them as Alumni and to recognize them today.

Gordon & Val Rowland RESPONSE

It is hard to believe that it is getting close to 40 years since Val and I left the campus of Nipawin Bible College. I (Gordon) attended from 1974-77, and Val attended from 1976-78. That year we were married and one year later began our ministry with Village Missions. The Lord has been good to us, leading us to serve in 5 churches, including the Clive Christian Fellowship in Clive, Alberta, where we have been now for 14 years. Over those years, along with the ministry, God has blessed us with 4 children and 10 grandchildren.

It is a real honor and very humbling to be named alumnus of the year. We feel that our contribution to the school has been rather limited over the years, although we did send 3 of our children to NBC. After a few years in ministry I attended another prominent Bible College for one year to complete a degree program. However, I have always considered Nipawin Bible College to be “my school.” I want to thank NBC for the role they have played in my life, and for their faithfulness in continuing to train men and women to serve Jesus Christ.

We thank you with all of our hearts for recognizing us with this award. We are so sorry that we cannot be there in person. It is our desire to continue faithfully serving our Lord as long as He gives us strength to do so.

2014 - Adam & Eleanor Dyck

Adam & Elly have 3 children, Cole, Riley, and Megan.

Adam graduated from NBC in 2011 completing a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Leadership. He came with a background in construction, framing houses before and after his time at NBC.

While at Nipawin Adam was very involved, especially in music leadership. He appreciated how the staff helped him form his theology, without forcing their views on him. But he admits that he was forced to become better at resolving conflict.

They stay connected to NBC in a number of key ways:
- bringing their youth group to three60five every year
- hosting tour teams in their church and at their home
- promoting Bible colleges with the youth in their area, especially NBC!!
- there are current NBC students here as a result of that influence.

Adam & Elly felt a call to some aspect of church ministry even before coming to Nipawin. After doing his internship with Youth For Christ in St. Pierre MB Adam worked with them for another year before sensing God calling them to work with the youth at Grunthal Abundant Life Fellowship Church.

Elly is a vital partner in the ministry, and increasingly so as their kids get older. She has an important role with their small group ministry and especially connecting with the girls.

Adam & Elly are committed to serving God faithfully, with a heart to do so for the long term. In this they exemplify well the mission of NBC which is to passionately follow Jesus Christ, with a true heart to serve.

For Distinguished Faithfulness in Ministry, today as a College and Alumni Association we recognize Adam & Eleanor Dyck as one of our 2014 Alumnus of the Year.

2014 - Tiffany Barkman

Tiffany spent 1 year at NBC in 2001-02. After her year at NBC, and after much prayer and searching she embarked on a 6 month overseas trip in India with Lorilee, an NBC classmate of hers.

After coming home Tiffany worked for 2 years as a personal care giver for adults needing support to live in their homes. But after getting her TESOL certificate she felt God nudging her to be involved overseas again, which led to work overseas in 2005. Tiffany would tell you that she did not want to return to Asia at that time, mainly because she wanted to sweep her way around the globe to other continents. She was placed, by the organization she went with, in “OGC” , the Asian country she least wanted to go to of those offered. But God burst upon her with a great love for the people and country, surprising her in how quickly her heart was changed.

Upon returning she explored linguistics at the Canada Institute of Linguistics and then a year of study at Steinbach Bible College. Much prayer for God’s leading brought her to join a translation organization in 2008, and finally landing her in Chiang Mai, Thailand en route to a future focus with OGC.

There were many influences God used in her choice to serve overseas. From the words and encouragement of an NBC faculty member, Lorilee who she went to India with, to parents and friends, Sunday School teachers who gently invited her from a young age to know, love and serve God. And not least, the people who were there for her when she returned from OGC the first time, confused and somewhat lost — people who prayed with her and challenged her in ways she didn't always want to hear.

Tiffany will testify that it is in the most discouraging and low times that she is most aware of the need to persist — in the battle of where she invests her time, energy and thoughts. “Will I turn toward more desperate dependence on God? Or will I rationalize that I can do it myself, or will I just give into negativity or hopelessness?” She is one our most faithful Alumni in communicating with friends and supporters including NBC, with detailed newsletters sharing often of how we stand with her in ministry. We have been blessed to have her in chapel twice over the past few years when she was on home assignment.

For Distinguished Faithfulness in Ministry, today as a College and Alumni Association we recognize Tiffany as one of our 2014 Alumnus of the Year

Previous Alumnus of the Year

2013 - Jason & Anita Boucher
2013 - Gary & Wanda Brown
2012 - Randall & Darlene Dyck
2011 - Peter & Linda Enns
2010 - Ray & Esther Larson
2009 - Ken & Lina Yadlowsky
2008 - Matt Thiessen
2007 - Allan Kreller
2006 - Brad Steppan
2005 - Brian & Judy McArthur
2004/05 - Wes & Diane Fehr
2004 - Dennis & Hannah Kroeker
2003 - James Anderson
2002 -
2001 - James Anderson
2000 - Darrel Teichrob
1999 - Jake D. Ens
1998 - Lois Jansen
1997 - Gordon Koop