Our next professor introduction features Jason Duermeyer and the returning, Mike Gordon!

Jason and his wife, Melissa, began to serve God as members of Hague Gospel Church in January 2015. Jason is passionate about seeing God’s people grow towards full maturity in Christ, especially through prayer and the expository preaching and teaching of God’s Word (Eph. 4:11-13; 1 Thess.5:17; 2 Tim. 3:16-17). He longs to see God’s people grow in intimacy with Christ, especially by being “doers of the Word,” by persevering in fellowship with God’s people, and by learning how to be more faithful “ambassadors of reconciliation” in Hague and beyond (James 1:22; Heb. 10:24-25; 2 Cor. 5:16-21). Jason received his formal education from Trinity Western University (Langley, BC) and Redeemer University College (Hamilton, ON). He and Melissa have been married since 2011 and so far, have been blessed with the gift of one-year old daughter Hannah, and a second daughter due in summer 2018.

Mike Gordon is the Founder of Rock House Ministries and is a dynamic full time Youth Speaker. In 2004, Mike dropped out of school where he was studying business to pursue a life in ministry. He eventually received his Bachelor in Theology as well as receiving his ordination as a pastor. In 2012, he moved from his pastoral commitments to chase after his calling and dream of speaking full time. He has had the privilege of teaming up with many different speakers and bands such as Nick Vujicic, Tony Campolo, Lecrae, Toby Mac and many more. Mike`s ministry has already become one of the largest young professional ministries in this country. His passion to speak is fueled by his love for Jesus and his love for people. He recognizes that having a speaking platform opens doors for him to connect with people on a more personal level.

For more information on these professors and the courses they are teaching please click on the link:

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As our fall program approaches, we want to continue introducing our stellar professor roster.

Next up, Vance Nelson and Allan Friesen!

Vance Nelson is the director of Creation Truth Ministries. He holds two earned degrees. He earned a theology degree from Taylor University College in 1997 (Bachelor of Religion with a specialization in Christian ministry). Vance then went on to earn a Biology degree in 2002. Since 2002 Vance has been researching, speaking and writing full-time. Vance spends much of his time doing original research in areas such as paleontology, geology and archaeology. He has a real love for studying God’s Word and God’s World.
Vance is the founder of Creation Truth Ministries in Red Deer Alberta, which is dedicated to defending the authority of the Bible starting in Genesis. Creation Truth Ministries is a Christian ministry that seeks to enable believers to defend their faith in an increasingly secular age.

Allan Friesen has held pastoral positions in both Saskatchewan and Paraguay for twenty years. He taught at the Mennonite Seminary in Paraguay for several years before teaching at Bethany for 2000-2015. He works as a historic interpreter at Fort Carlton Provincial Park in the summer and has been a farmer for most of his life. Allan has a B.A. and a M.A. He would tell you that his greatest passion (next to His Christian Faith) is languages and cultures. Allan taught at Thrive last year and we are thrilled that he is returning! For

For more information on these professors and the courses they are teaching please click on the link:

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We are getting excited for our fall program and wanted to start introducing our excellent team of professors!

Let’s begin with Boyd Hopkins and Stephanie Christianson…

Rev. Boyd Hopkins M.Div. is the founder of Spoken Word Ministries Association
Boyd is an ordained minister with 20-plus years of experience in congregational and para-church ministries as a pastor, international speaker, researcher, and writer. He works both in North America and in the third world, preaching evangelistically as well as writing and teaching in regard to equipping believers for hands-on ministry in today’s context. Boyd has a heart to see the evangelism of the lost, the redemption of the fallen, and everyday believers living in the freedom and power of God.

Next up is Stephanie Christianson. Stephanie’s love for theology began at Bethany College, where she completed a BA in Pastoral Ministry. She also holds a MA in Theological Studies from Briercrest Seminary. Her research interests include Anabaptist-Mennonite studies, nonviolence, and the work of Miroslav Volf. Stephanie and her husband Austin live in Saskatoon, where they are involved in camp ministry. In Fall 2018, Stephanie will begin a contract with Horizon College as a Faculty Assistant. She enjoys bubbling conversation, literature, TV crime dramas, and her nieces and nephew.

For more information on these professors and the courses they are teaching please click on the link:

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Have you checked out our website recently? Well if you haven’t you should!

We are excited about our NEW and IMPROVED space! Make sure to check out our new tabs like “Course Descriptions”, “Testimonials” and “Meet our Staff”!

So take some time today and pop on over to!

Hello Everyone!

Whether you’re a faithful follower or a brand new friend of the Thrive Discipleship Program at Bethany College we want you to check out our newest video called “Life at Thrive” here:

We are so excited about how our program is taking shape for this fall and to see how God works in the lives of the young adults that He is drawing to it. Please take a few moments to check out our courses here:

If you have any questions, please reach out to us because we’d love to share more about this amazing program that is helping form whole and holy disciples of Jesus.


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Our Thrive team hopped in the van and hit the road this morning! They are off to LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA where they are excited to share everything you need to know about the THRIVE Discipleship Program.

Are you Curious? Interested? Do you have Questions?
Well make sure you are at College Drive Community Church tonight at 7pm!

You absolutely don’t want to miss this great information night and these smiling faces!

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Thrive at Bethany College 

After much planning, we held Thrive’s first Christmas Extravaganza!
What an awesome evening spent together. Not only were we sold out, our gym was also packed with a great selection of silent auction items, delicious turkey dinner and a ‘touch of Christmas’ everywhere. We were entertained by live music, a glimpse into each of our students and the hilarious Leland Klassen – we are 25188616_10155894624319929_6721397262322393193_o

pretty sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the building 🙂
We would love to thank each and every person who donated their time, energy, silent auction items and finances to make this an evening we won’t forget.
All Glory Be To Our God for His Amazing Faithfulness!


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Dec. 10th, 2017! 

Christmas Extravaganza at Bethany College!

Christmas Extravaganza 2017 Sounding Joy

“Sounding Joy” will be performing live after dinner. For those of you who may not know this talented group they are Gwen Andres, Susan Goerz, Lori Jeschke and Donna Andres. Not only will you be treated to an amazing meal and loads of laughs but now you will also be blessed by these ladies. If you like music, Christmas, singing and laughing you’d be missing out by not grabbing your ticket (or table) now!

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As Thanksgiving approaches, it seems like a good idea to reflect on all our recent blessings here at Thrive.
At the top of my list is the arrival of the students just over 3 weeks ago and how their presence immediately lit up the campus. I’m thankful for the tight-knit community they are forming with each other and the relationships we as staff have begun to form with them.
I’m thankful for the way God has put together a great staff to both lead and support the program. Our team of 11 is 100% devoted to discipling the students as followers of Jesus and providing a great and challenging experience for them along the way. Beyond the immediate staff there are many more amazing volunteers on our Board, Facilities Team and extended community that are ready and willing to do anything they can to help, what a glorious picture of the early church in Acts!
Lastly, and to me most importantly, all that we are doing here is truly centered on God’s Word and to see and hear students and leaders daily pouring over the Bible is the biggest blessing of all! Praise and thanksgiving to our magnificent and holy Father for all that he is doing here in Hepburn.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
~Darryl Balzer
Thrive Program, Bethany College



THRIVE Opening Day!!

Sept 10th, 2017 is a day we will always remember – when Thrive opened it’s doors to our first batch of eager and excited new students! And so begins the sounds of laughter filling the dining hall, the smell of dry erase markers being used in our classroom, Frisbee’s being tossed outside by the oval, the smell of home baked cookies baking. These all seem like simple things, and they are. But they are also extraordinary things and we give all of the glory to God!


Check out the 2017-18 Thrive Prayer Calendar!  

Prayer Calender 2017-2018

Please join with us in prayer as students arrive on September 10!

Our Ministry Team

Clark Brotzell
Trevor Rempel – Chair
Tim Wall
Darrin Zazula

Facilities Team
Donna Andres
Keri Andres
Wayne Andres
Kim Bushman
Stu Thiessen
Neysa Wall
Tim Wall – Chair

Darryl Balzer – President
Keith Hillier – Program Director

LeeAnn Kopp – Finance Assistant
Kim Martens – Food Services
Nicole Martens – Administrative Associate
Kaitlyn Rempel – Female Resident Director
Melanie Rempel – Custodian
Gerald Schultz – Maintenance Technician
Martha Schultz – Director of Food Services
Joy Thielmann – Food Services
Bryan Vellacott – Male Resident Director


More exciting news from Thrive…..we have a donor that is willing to match all donations up to $15,000! Is it a coincidence that the new supplies and shingles being replaced on the men’s dorm equals $30,000?  What a great way to donate – you know it will go straight to this much needed project! We at Thrive appreciate all of the support we are receiving through prayer and donations. Praise God!

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Check out  the new Thrive Discipleship Program offered at Bethany for Fall 2017! 

 Tell your friends! Share it with your church family!  Inform your youth pastor!

Check out the latest video about the new

THRIVE Discipleship Program!

Campus Rental Success!

We were thrilled to host Cross-Trainers Baptist Church in our rental facility for their Easter weekend Retreat!

Here’s what they had to say about it:
“Our church was looking for a place that could accommodate a diverse age demographic of 3 months to 60+. We needed a place to use that included a house of worship, a kitchen well-equipped to feed over 100 people, a gymnasium that could facilitate team-building activities, and a sleeping area that was warm, welcoming, and cozy. We found the answer to our prayers at Bethany College.”

Cross Trainers Church


THRIVE information and application is available at

The Color concert was INCREDIBLE on April 3!



This week on campus…

Parks and Rec family movie night on Friday night, April 7 at Bethany 7:00 pm

Bethany Alumni Soccer Tournament and Marketplace on Saturday, April 8 from 9 am to 3 pm.


Fitness Drop-In: Cost is $2/adult, Tuesdays and Thursdays, At Bethany Gym, 9.00-10.30 am, doors open at 8.55 am. Back Door Access, Park along Evergreens. You can walk, run, lift weights, shoot hoops, play badminton, get moving! Self-directed; no leader unless otherwise announced.

March 22 – CLUB Volleyball rental in gym.

March 23 – Hepburn Hawks Sr. Women Basketball Wind-up 3-5 pm

March 25 – Hepburn Fireman’s Banquet Fundraiser @ 6:00 pm

BETHANY CAMPUS is buzzing!

The month of March has been a flurry of activity on campus!  Bethany loves providing a space which encourages community interaction and opportunities. Check out the happenings from the last two weeks!

March 3-4Winter Festival hosted by the Town of Hepburn included a kid’s carnival, movie night, art show and coffee time!

March 7 – Hepburn School presented an amazing Career Fair in the gym…how exciting to see the majority of the presenters be past graduates of the school or from our community.

March 8 -The Prairie Spirit School Division hosted  Resonate Junior which is a version of the senior student music conference that has taken place over the past two years in our school division.  Students from the division had the opportunity to participate in interactive mini lessons and teachers also IMG_0568could learn alongside regarding how best to implement music into their classrooms.











March 10-12 – The Hepburn Hawks Sr. Women’s Basketball Team hosted conference play-offs.  Congratulations to the Hawks for winning the Conference Title and moving on to Regionals!


Praise God! The Thrive Discipleship Program is so excited to welcome its new Program Lead and Facilities Manager!

Dr. Keith Hillier joins the team as the new Program Lead for the Thrive Discipleship Program! In this capacity, Keith will oversee the development and impHillier_Keithlementation of the program in preparation for a fall start.

Keith has pastoral and para-church ministry experience in both urban and rural as well as monoculture and multicultural environments. Along with his pastoral experience he has served on faculty at several Christian colleges. He is excited about the discipleship process, vision and mission of our program here in Hepburn and is looking forward to getting started.

Keith is married with three children and will be relocating to Hepburn area from Steinbach, MB.

Next, we welcome Darryl Balzer, CA, CPA, who has been hired to oversee all aspects of theDarryl Balzer campus including Facility Management and Maintenance, Business Management and Rentals.  Darryl and his family moved to Hepburn this past spring and have loved the community since day one.  He has been following the progress and slowly learning about the vision for the program. As a follower of Christ, he is always keeping an eye open for opportunities to use his professional accounting background in ministry. He enjoys connecting with people and being part of a team aimed at accomplishing a common goal and in this case the goal of making disciples runs deep within his heart.  His passion for what we are doing here will be a great asset beyond the facilities as he will be a great ambassador for the Thrive program as well and will continue to look for opportunities to use his skills and personality to help form Whole and Holy Disciples.

Please keep these individuals and the Thrive Program in your prayers!

monthly-newsletter-december-20Introducing the Thrive Discipleship Program!

Read all about the new discipleship program being offered for fall 2017 and other updates happening at Bethany College in our December 2016 Newsletter!





Farewell and Thank You Bethany Board

Many thanks to Crystal Blair, Stephanie Boldt, John Neudorf, Richard Petkau, Caralee Pratte, Kevin Snyder, Aurelie Sondermann, and Ashley Marie Wiebe for their service on Bethany’s board of directors. Their input and devotion to the college’s mission throughout Bethany’s most challenging years is greatly appreciated.

As of November 2016, an “operational” board of directors has taken the reigns to provide the new discipleship program’s foundational structure of program design, facilities management, human resources, marketing and communications for a fall 2017 debut. The new board members include Trevor Rempel, Donna Andres, Tim Wall, Clark Brotzell, Keri Andres and Tessa Schellenberg. If God is calling you to serve him with your experience in finance, Christian educational programming, marketing/communications or other knowledge, please contact