About Leadership

Leadership

President's Message

Greetings,

The mission of Columbia Bible College is to equip people for a life of discipleship, ministry and leadership in service to the church and community. Let me explain what that means to us.

Relying on God’s Holy Spirit, we are determined to do all we can to ensure that Columbia is a college known for equipping people with a solid biblical foundation that will encourage and challenge them to follow Jesus passionately into whatever vocation God calls them to pursue. We hope and pray that all our students will make a significant impact in the family, in the community, in the career, and in the church where God puts them. Through mentoring, modeling, teaching and praying, we seek to make disciples who seek to partner with God in his mission of redeeming, reconciling and transforming the world.

"We seek to make disciples who seek to partner with God in his mission of redeeming, reconciling and transforming the world."

We believe that God’s mission concerns every aspect of our lives. Columbia is all about personal spirituality, academics, ethics, community living, theology and athletics – it is about every aspect of life. Through the power of Jesus living in us, we are aiming to live out the Great Commandment: “to love God with heart, soul, mind and strength,” and “to love our neighbours as we love ourselves.” This requires a holistic understanding of life that integrates spiritual formation, biblical studies, mission engagement, leadership development with our general studies courses to develop a biblical understanding of life and mission.

I find it exciting to think that you are currently exploring our programs and services, and I hope that you will seek God for direction concerning your educational future. For me, Bible College was a life-changing experience. For the first time, Jesus became real to me, God spoke through the Bible in ways I had never experienced, I became part of a community that loved and encouraged me even though I was far from perfect, and God gave me a sense of calling towards his plan for my life. I want to see the same kinds of things happen in the life of every Columbia Bible College student.

We would love to see you at Columbia, but most of all, we want to see you engaged in God’s incredible mission of reconciling “to himself all things, whether things on earth or in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross” (Col. 1:20).

Grace & peace,

Bryan Born
President

LEAD Team

The Columbia Bible College LEAD Team consists of Administrative Faculty who are responsible for shaping the philosophy of the College, defining the style of the institution and developing vision, aims and objectives. To connect with any of the member of LEAD Team, please visit our Staff & Faculty Directory.

Bryan Born 

Bryan Born

President

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
- Jesus (John 15:5)

Doug Berg 

Doug Berg

Academic Dean

"I want to serve on the Lead Team at Columbia because of my enjoyment with and commitment to young adults and the cause of biblical higher education."

Stan Bahnman 

Stan Bahnman

Dean of Students

"True evangelical faith cannot lie dormant. It clothes the naked, it feeds the hungry, it comforts the sorrowful, it shelters the destitute, it serves those that harm it, it binds up that which is wounded, it has become all things to all people."
- Menno Simons

Scott Henderson 

Scott Henderson

College Business Administrator

"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
- Theodore Roosevelt

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the direction, operation and leadership of Columbia Bible College. This dedicated team is comprised of members from Columbia's two supporting denominations: Mennonite Brethren Church of British Columbia (BCMB) and Mennonite Church British Columbia (MCBC). For more information regarding Columbia Board of Directors, please contact us.

 

Richard Thiessen

Richard Thiessen

Chair
2015-2018 (Term 1)
Level Ground Church (MCBC)

Terry Kaethler

Terry Kaethler

Vice-Chair
2009-2018 (Term 3)
Mountain Park Community Church (BCMB)

 

Ron Born

Ron Born

Treasurer
2008-2017 (Term 3)
Willow Park Church (BCMB)

Matt Wolgram

Matt Wolgram

Secretary
2014-2017 (Term 1)
Bethel Mennonite Church (MCBC)

Scott Carpenter

Scott Carpenter

2014-2017 (Term 1)
Fraserview MB Church (BCMB)

Chrissy Funk

Chrissy Funk

2016-2019 (Term 1)
Bakerview Church (BCMB)

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Curtis McHale

2015-2018 (Term 1)
Crossroads Community Church (MCBC)

Kyle Meeker

Kyle Meeker

2014-2017 (Term 1)
Northview Community Church (BCMB)

 

Eddy Mejlholm

Eddy Mejlholm

2015-2018 (Term 1)
Central Community Church (BCMB)

Christine Reimer

Christine Reimer

2016-2019 (Term 1)
Willingdon Church (BCMB)

Aaron Roorda

Aaron Roorda

2014-2017 (Term 1)
Eden Mennonite Church (MCBC)

Lorne Welwood

Lorne Welwood

2016-2019 (Term 1)
Northview Community Church (BCMB)