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Showcasing Our Alumni!


Each month beginning in June 2011, we will be showcasing an alumnus from International Bible College. We will tell you a bit about them - what they are doing now, what the Lord is doing in their life, and how IBC has helped shape who they are. 

If you have a suggestion of who we should interview, please email us at ibc.administrator@sasktel.net.

Showcasing our Alumni

Walter and Martha Engel

Where they are now....

Walter and Martha (MacCorquodale) Engel
Walter and Martha live in Lampman, SK. They have 2 sons; Barkley (B.J.) and Lamar. Lamar also followed in the footsteps of his Dad and Mom and attended IBC in 1996/97. Martha and Walter are proud grandparents of 4; Skye, Asia, Winter and Phoenix.

About Walter:
Walter graduated IBC in 1967. Walter has served in a wide range of ministry positions within the Church of God over the years. Presently, Walter is working as the Pastor of Senior Adult Ministries for the Estevan Church of God in Estevan, SK. He also serves as the Mission Representative for the Church of God in Western Canada.

About Martha:
Martha graduated from IBC in 1966. She is presently the Branch Librarian for the Lampman Library. Martha has been a dedicated wife serving with Walter in various ministry positions he has had in the Church of God. She also serves alongside Walter in the Senior Adult Ministry at their local church, Estevan Church of God.

What is the calling on your life?

Walter:
At the present time, I believe the calling on my life is to be an encouragement and help through caring for people, by declaring God’s goodness in our lives.

Martha:
I am called to help the Jews in Israel (the poor and needy) financially as much as possible and the Jews in Russia that are struggling. To live out my walk with God, conscious of His Presence.

What are your future hopes and plans?

Walter:
to continue on in ministry... to be an encouragement and blessing to others in whatever way...

Martha:
to speak into my grandchildren’s lives by love and example

How has your training at International Bible College affected your current job/ministry/family?

Walter:
As I made myself available to God’s direction and leading, He has and is showing Himself strong in every situation that arises. I am learning to trust Him completely,

Martha:
It helped me to be consistent in whatever I do.

Name a great memory/experience while attending IBC.

Walter:
When I was in grade 12 at IBC High school, several encounters with the Lord stand out during my time with Him in praise.

Martha:
I remember sitting in the kitchen with Rosa Erickson as she cooked – I was grateful for the time she spent with me. Also I remember that the first time I ever received a flower from anyone was at IBC.

What advice or encouragement would you give a present or future student of IBC?

Walter:
Take advantage of the time at IBC by applying yourself in learning as much as you can regarding the Word of God. Have a ‘God listening heart’. Expect your prayers to be answered according to the Word of God.

Martha: Learn all you can from those around you because they speak into your life.


Where they are now….




Gerry and Barbara (Peterson) Dupuis
Gerry and Barbara live in Ulysses, Kansas with their three children; Geoffrey (17), Samuel (14) and Charis (12).

About Gerry:
Gerry graduated IBC in 1993 and went on to get his Bachelor of Ministry from BBS and then Masters from the Church of God School of Theology in 1996. He received his Doctorate of Ministry in 2003 from the Ashland Theological Seminary. Gerry has been pastoring the Rose Lane Church of God in Ulysses, KA since 2005. He is also a full-time hospice Chaplain, serving 17 counties in South West Kansas. He is working on Post Graduate Studies in Thanatology – the study of death, dying and Bereavement. He recently became an ordained Bishop with Church of God. Gerry also serves on the Regional Church of God Youth Board and continues to be very involved in Youth Camps. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and Reading.

About Barbara:
Barbara graduated with her diploma from IBC in 1992 and then finished her Bachelor of Ministry at IBC in 2005. She is a candidate for Masters at the Pentecostal Seminary in Cleveland; TN. Barb co-pastors with her husband and is very involved in worship leading, children’s ministry and prayer. Her hobbies include reading, walking and hanging out with her family.

What is the calling on your life?
Gerry:
To live in dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ, to be a godly husband and father, to preach and teach His gospel, to model it to my family, in the context of my career and community and to enable others to do likewise with every appropriate means available to the glory of God Almighty.

Barb:
To prepare myself for what lies ahead in the future and to raise my kids – family is the priority.

What are your future hopes and plans?
Gerry:
To remain faithful to my calling, to preach all over the world.

Barb:
To Preach.

How has your training at IBC affected your current job/ministry/family?
Gerry:
It was foundational to everything I have done in my life, family and ministry.

Barb:
It was foundational for me, because I didn’t come from a Christian home, and hadn’t been a Christian for long when I first went to IBC.

Name a great memory/experience while attending IBC.
Gerry:
I met my wife there – it doesn’t get any better than that! Relationships were the best at IBC. I built some of my closest relationships there that have continued to this day.

Barb:
I enjoyed the water fights between the dorms, the choir trips and ministering at the senior’s home.

What advice or encouragement would you give a present or future student of IBC?
Gerry:
Get all you can out of your time at IBC and then go on to get a vocation. The time you spend at IBC will never be wasted. It really can be the most important time of your life if you use it as a sabbatical, a time to draw near to God and learn about him and seek him for his plan for you.

Barb:
Being able to go to Bible College is a really special time of your life, when you can know God and seek God. Get all you can out of it.



Showcasing Nicole Salmon

 

About Nicole 

Nicole and her son Makih came to us from Toronto in 2004. She graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Ministry. Nicole then transferred to Briercrest Biblical Seminary and took a year in Leadership and Management. She now works as a manager of youth services for a non-profit organization called JVS Toronto. All programs and services are free and focus on ages 15-30. Nicole works with high priority neighborhoods in Toronto serving at-risk youth. She manages 6 programs for the company which include:
 
   • A G.E.D program (for youth 15-29) that helps to prepare youth to write their GED exam (Grade 12 equivalent).
   • Youth Reach - Employment counselling support to youth in conflict with the law.
   • Circles of success – a life skills building group for younger youth – focuses on dealing with violence in their community   
      and their home and includes peace building and the arts
   • DSW – (Developmental Service Worker) which includes a partnership with Humber College. This free program provides
      young adults with life skill planning and College level credits.
   • ISE- (Individual Skills Enhancement) – youth can apply to receive up to $5000 towards training
   • YOP – (Youth Opportunities Project)is a leadership internship program for immigrant youth
 
Nicole also has her own business called Troppus Services (Support spelt backwards). It is free-lance consulting with churches and non-profit organizations, dealing with strategic planning, team building, training and development.

Tell us about your Ministry/Church Involvement
 
I am a member of Praise Cathedral Worship Centre (COG) in Mississauga, Ontario and am on the ministerial team. Since my training at IBC I have had opportunities to travel and speak at various churches youth conferences and summer camps, and serve as a mentor pastor and facilitator to the COG Lay Leadership program.

What is the calling on your life?
 
I think of the word Paraclete which means one who comes alongside. I feel I am called to come alongside those in leadership and to support them, encourage them and help to train them.
 
What are your future hopes and plans?
 
I have a dream book – an ongoing list of things God puts in my heart. I would love to write a book on leadership and also write a devotional for mothers. 
 
How has your training at IBC affected your job/ministry/family?
 
It gave me a playing field to exercise what I didn’t know was in me. In the doing of ministry at IBC, the gifts came out. Being on the SRC, being involved in outreaches at churches and community I came to use the gifts that God gave me and to be affirmed in those gifts. My time at IBC sharpened what I already knew about the WORD and ministry. I learned discipline. I find that a lot of the things we were required to do (being on time, Bible Read, Devotions, media fasts) they impacted me to be disciplined.


 
Name a great/experience while attending IBC.
 
Completing the full 3 years with my son by my side and him being a part of the journey was so important to me. Presbytery also stands out – the words spoken over me at grad – I still listen to them. 

Another highlight was the schools relationship with Moose Jaw Church of God – having an extended church family and fantastic pastoral leadership was like having a home away from home.

When I came to IBC, I was in a really low place in my walk with God. I found my time there to be a spiritually rehabilitative season, where I experienced a lot of healing. 

What advice or encouragement would you give a present or future student of International Bible College?
 
IBC is not the kind of place you go for something to do – you have to be called there (by God).
Be open to new experiences, particularly to those of you who aren’t from Western Canada. Allow it to sharpen your knowledge of Christ and who he is, allow it to ground you. Don’t be afraid to bring who you are to the culture of IBC. If you are called there and are committed to the process, it will be everything that God intended it to be.