Begin your Quest

Quest is an 8-month opportunity designed to equip young adults to encounter God, themselves, and others for a lifelong journey of Christian discipleship. Through spiritual direction, life coaching, small-group learning, rigorous academic study, outdoor adventures and missions experiences, this is a year to radically pursue God and explore his vast creation. Quest challenges students academically, spiritually, physically, emotionally, and relationally in the context of a real and caring community. If you are serious about getting to know God, others and yourself better - both in and out of the classroom - this is your opportunity of a lifetime.


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Outdoor adventure is an integral component of Quest. Whether it's backpacking, snow caving, sailing, canoeing or camping, trips are designed for community building, solitude, and reflection, and allow students to experience God's creation in some of the most beautiful places on earth. Quest staff have a wealth of outdoor training and experience and challenge students at any skill level, making the outdoor classroom central to discipleship and community.



Quest focuses on what it means to follow Christ in every aspect of life and cultivates an environment where students can explore what this means as a foundation for the rest of their lives. Looking to Jesus as an example for living and his Spirit for the development of character in community, Quest provides an intergenerational model of leadership providing student opportunities for life-coaching, mentoring, small groups, and spiritual direction in a personal way.



Quest is a diverse community of women and men who aspire to follow Jesus in a deeper way. The journey itself quickly draws people in, and they become like family to one another. Quest promotes the idea that in order to be fully loved you must be fully known. Diversity and uniqueness are valued and people are loved for who they are. As students move beyond the surface, a safe community develops, which fosters trust, acceptance, and disclosure - ultimately a place to belong.




Quest's holistic learning environment challenges students intellectually, emotionally, physically, relationally, and spiritually. Leaders and course instructors participate in all aspects of the program, which allows them to develop relationships with students that transcend classroom activities. Student earn a full year of course credit that can be applied to any Columbia diploma or degree program and can be transferred to other universities and colleges (see Transfer Guides for more information).



Like all first-years, Quest students participate in both Service Practicum and Urban Mission Dynamics as part of Columbia's emphasis on service learning. Additionally, Quest students have the opportunity to participate in an optional cross-cultural mission trip, partnering with long-term missionaries and local churches in remote parts of countries like Costa Rica, Mexico, India and others.





A Good Road to Follow

Quest: A Good Road to Follow

Quest has a deep history rooted in discipleship and transformation that extends to hundreds of alumni around the world. At the heart of this community is the desire to passionately follow Jesus Christ and encourage others to do the same. Watch this quick video that explains the symbolism behind the Quest logo and why Quest is a good road to follow.


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Additional Information

Combining experiential learning with in-class learning is what makes Quest unique. Students complete a full academic load (31 credits) during the course of the year. This allows students who have plans for further college or university the opportunity not to fall behind in their educational pursuits. Many Quest graduates continue at Columbia and complete a diploma or degree, while others complete further education at various universities and colleges across North America. Whatever their interest, Quest is a good road to follow and establishes a lasting foundation for life.

Quest is a year of life-changing moments and exhilarating adventure. We want to ensure all of our students are fully prepared for this incredible experience. Download the Equipment List for packing preparation, and be sure to check out Costs for information on tuition and fees, financial aid, and scholarships and bursaries.

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Jeremy Walker

Jeremy Walker Quest Director
Growing up in the Okanagan fostered a love for the outdoors in Jeremy. As he pursued that passion, it became evident that his love of creation also meant love for the Creator, and a lifetime of discipleship began. With over 15 years of outdoor experience, one of his favourite thing to do is introduce others to the vibrant and vast outdoor world and help them experience what it means to be fully known and loved by others. Jeremy and his wife Christina (Quest '99) live in Abbotsford with their three children.


Mike Richardson

Mike Richardson Quest Founder & Faculty
Mike loves fun and adventure. Most of these experiences he shares with his wife, Kathy, who also teaches in the Quest Program. Mike created the Quest program with his own kids in mind, wanting them to experience a time of discipleship and life transformation. When Mike and Kathy aren't busy gorilla trekking and water skiing in Rwanda, sleeping with the lions on safari in Uganda, or snorkeling with sea turtles in the Caribbean, they can be found being very engaged grandparents!


Matt Kliever

Matt Kliever, Quest Program Associate
Matt grew up as a prairie farm-boy, but spending a year in the Adirondacks of New York allowed him to experience first-hand the discipleship opportunities made possible by mountains. Since then, he and his wife Koty have moved to Abbotsford to start a family (one daughter so far!) and to help facilitate adventure-filled years of discipleship for others. One of his biggest passions in life is helping people get to know Jesus so they can live lives of freedom and fulfillment.