“We want to see the University College and Seminary thrive.”
Terry Janke, Senior Pastor at White Ridge Baptist Church, explains why his congregation has chosen to support Christ-centered education in Manitoba. The church, part of the North American Baptist Conference, has a strong connection to Providence. Three of their four pastors are alumni, graduates of Winnipeg Bible College, or more recently, from the Theological Seminary’s Counselling program.
Intentional about their church spending, and despite the expenses of their own building project, the congregation has pledged annual financial support to both the University College and Theological Seminary. Their gifts, designated towards the Providence Fund, empower the institution to teach people to grow in knowledge and character for leadership and service. The mission of Providence is what drives their generosity. “We thank God for the Christian Education that Providence University College provides as an alternative to the other colleges and universities out there. We always get excited as a staff when we hear about real spiritual changes in students.” For the church, the discipleship of young people at various stages of faith is what counts most.
Terry met Patricia, his wife, at Providence and their three children and son-in-law are Providence alumni. His son-in-law (Tory Walker) coaches the women’s soccer team, “I am especially happy to see the Athletics Program growing and invested in. I have seen the fruit of young lives growing in their faith because of the opportunity to play competitive team sports in a Christian environment with godly coaches and team-mates.” Because of these connections, “we have a special desire to see Providence continue to be a light in a dark world.”