The class of 2016 and all of our returning students have arrived on campus! Every summer we count down the days as we anticipate the arrival of our students. We enjoy hearing how God used them in the summer, and we look forward to seeing what God will do through them throughout the year.
This year’s Orientation Weekend kicked off with an opening welcome session for the class of 2016 and their parents, followed by games, s’mores, and dorm devotions.
Our big freshmen activity was Faith’s very own version of The Amazing Race. Our upperclassmen led the freshmen and new students all around Ankeny to professors’ homes for various activities. We also have a great tradition of a Saturday night luau complete with coconut bowling, the limbo, and a movie and popcorn.
The students capped the orientation weekend by attending church services on Sunday and started classes on Monday morning.
We are thankful for the students God has led here to Faith, and we are looking forward to the opportunity to spend time with them in the classroom, in our homes, and serving with them in our area churches.
Ready to Serve
On May 4 Faith graduated 79 students from the college and 12 from the seminary. These graduates are now ready to serve the Lord wherever He leads them.
Faith alumni now number almost 6,000 men and women who are spread around the world. The unique education at Faith has trained these grads to make a maximum impact in this world for Christ. Teachers, pastors, missionaries, lawyers, businessmen, and others are now putting into practice what they learned during their days here on campus.
We caught up with three of our newest alumni to find out where God is leading them and how they will use their Faith education.
These students will be making an impact for Christ in Peru, Utah, and South Africa. Do you want to learn more about how you can maximize your impact for Christ through a Faith education? Contact Admissions at 1.888.FAITH.4.U.
1. What was your major at Faith?
2. Where did you do your student teaching?
My first placement for student teaching was at Blue Ridge Christian School in Kansas City. I was placed in a 5th and 6th combined classroom. I absolutely loved my time there and learned a lot about time management and being flexible. My cooperating teacher was amazing and took time to teach and mentor me, which greatly aided in my success in student teaching. The Lord also taught me that a prepared heart is more important than a prepared lesson! I think Faith did a great job at preparing me for this experience not only professionally but also spiritually.
My second placement was in Minneapolis at Fourth Baptist Christian School. I was placed in 4th grade which I also loved. I had an energetic class that was immediately on board with whatever activity I presented to them. After completing student teaching, I now feel equipped and prepared to teach my own classroom in the fall. God’s grace is sufficient to grow us through all circumstances and experiences!
3. So what’s after graduation?
I am excited to be able to spend my summer home in Wyoming where I will be working for the country. I love this job because I am able to be outside exploring God’s creation every day! It is a great opportunity to be a light for Christ in the community as I work with unsaved coworkers and interact with the community each day. I also have a two-week horse pack trip and a scenic trip to Glacier National Park planned for the summer with friends and family which will definitely be summer highlights.
4. How are you going to use your education at Faith now that you have finished?
I have accepted a 6th grade teaching position at a Christian school in Vernal, Utah, this fall. I am very excited for the opportunity because I will be able to use what I have learned about being a Christian school teacher from Faith and implement it into my own classroom. I am also excited because I will be in an area that is known for its Mormon influence. I know that the Bible education I have received at Faith will greatly help me in my efforts to be a light to the community there in Utah.
5. What was one of your highlights studying at Faith?
Being a second semester transfer student, I was nervous in coming to Faith wondering if I would be able to find a “friend group” that I would fit into. However, from the day I stepped onto campus God gave me some wonderful friends that I am still close to today. One of my biggest highlights while at Faith was meeting godly friends that I know I will keep in touch with for the rest of my life. It was also amazing to take classes from professors who cared about me and want to see me succeed. The professors at Faith have made a huge impact in my life over the years.
6. How were you plugged in to extracurricular activities at Faith?
The main extracurricular activity I was able to participate in was the Lady Eagle’s volleyball team. I love volleyball, so it was a huge blessing to be able to play under amazing coaches and with amazing teammates. Being part of the team also taught me to be wholly dependent on God, as it is by His strength alone that I was able to play volleyball and keep up with my classes at the same time. I was also a member of the stage crew for the spring drama one year which was a fun new experience to be part of. I also was a greeter at several youth events on campus.
7. Why did you choose to study at Faith?
This is a long story that I know was completely the work of God in my life. Being from Wyoming, there were no Christian colleges near me. After my high school graduation I went to a Bible college in Wisconsin, but it was never the right fit for me. After a year, I came home and decided to take some online classes while I figured out where the Lord wanted me to be. I really wanted to go to an accredited Christian school, but none of the colleges I had heard about seemed like the right fit for me. One day, my mom googled Baptist Bible Colleges and Faith came up. I looked at the website and it seemed like a great school so I went ahead and called for information. I discovered that Faith was Biblically based, accredited, and has a strong elementary education program. This was the exact type of school I was looking for! Throughout my time of requesting info, applying, and getting my transcripts lined up, I had only positive experiences with Faith. Everyone I talked to was kind and seemed passionate about living for Christ. God made it very clear to me that this was where He wanted me to be. In January of 2010 I drove from Wyoming to Iowa to start classes! I had never been on campus and I didn’t know anyone there, but I knew that this was God’s will and that He would provide. I am SO glad I made the decision to come to Faith; it was one of the best decisions of my life!
Coming to Faith was one of the biggest “leaps of Faith” in my life. However, it was also one of the most rewarding. There is a spirit at Faith that you don’t find at a lot of other campuses. I grew leaps and bounds spiritually in my time at Faith, and I don’t think any other school could have prepared me better to work and serve in the “real world.” I would strongly recommend Faith to anyone, and I would love to see more young people from Wyoming attend there. I will miss Faith Baptist Bible College greatly, and I am extremely thankful for the time I was able to study at such a wonderful school.
8. What are you most looking forward to in your next step . . . whatever that may be?
To borrow the theme of Faith, I am most excited to take the Word to the World. I feel like attending Faith has prepared me not only to be a successful professional but also to be a dedicated Christian in my church and community. I am so excited that God has provided me a job where I can use my training in both the Bible and elementary education world. I want to impact my students and those that I encounter in the community for Christ as I start this phase in my life. God has blessed me with so much and I can’t wait to share with others what He has done for me.
Fall Semester OrientationAugust 20–22
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Presidental Installation ServiceSeptember 17
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Refresh ConferenceFebruary 9–12
A specialized conference for pastors and wives to refresh you in your ministry
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