It is my pleasure to welcome Dave Demchuk, the President of Summit Pacific Bible College, and Rejoice, a worship ministry team made up of students from the college, to Emmanuel this morning. They will be leading us in worship and in Word.
We like to follow all of our youth and young adults that head off to higher education, praying that God would be with them in their studies, that they would stay true to the faith, and that the knowledge that they learn in school would help them make a positive impact on our world. Our Bible College, however, gets a fair amount of attention at Emmanuel over other institutions—and for good reason: it is the primary spiritual development centre for providing church leadership. Every pastor in recent memory that has been hired at Emmanuel has graduated from Summit Pacific. I can think of others, like Zach Wylie, Gavin Brisco, and Mike Pennington, who grew up at Emmanuel, went to Summit, and are now pastoring other churches or leading other ministries around the province. We currently have 6 students at the college, and there could be as many as 7 new students attending in the Fall. Whether it’s for honing skills to work in church ministries or for taking a year for personal spiritual growth before pursuing a different degree or trade, Summit is an essential partner of our church in coming alongside our people in the discipleship and leadership development process. In response, Emmanuel tithes to the local BC/Yukon District which in turn provides funding for the Bible College. We have also over the years contributed to specific fundraising campaigns to help the school move forward into the future. We have a vested interest there!
To find out more about the college, make sure you take some time to visit with the students after the service, or pop by their booth in the foyer.