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Axton Bryant
Associate Director of Enrollment

Axton Bryant

727-379-5065

When I was younger, my parents did a great job of keeping me in church, Sunday School, and Vacation Bible Schools. It was through a pastor talking about Jesus Christ and salvation at a VBS service that I heard the gospel clearly for the first time. I gave my life to Christ that summer as a five-year-old, but it wasn’t until I was in middle school that I truly began to live my life for God. My grandma would pick me and my cousin up from school every Wednesday in middle school to take us to our friend’s house. That friend’s dad was a youth pastor, so we would ride with them to youth group each Wednesday. God used my grandma, my friends, and my youth pastor to direct me towards Christ and to living a life that has a true purpose.

Before, my purpose was to make good grades, do well in sports and try to be popular. What I have since learned, is that life is way more than that! God wants to use me and YOU for something much greater! At the Word of Life Bible Institute, God’s word transformed my life and now I can help students have the same experience!

 

WOLBI is so much different than other schools because of the biblical community. Each classmate, professor, and staff member that you meet is actively seeking to grow in their own walk with the Lord and wants to encourage and push you to do the same!

Samuelle Champion
Senior Admissions Counselor – Territory: DE, MD, PA, VA, WV.

Samuelle Champion

518-494-1599

I was blessed to be raised in the beautiful Sunshine State by parents who love the Lord very much. I gave my life to Jesus at a young age and always tried to be a “good Christian”. It wasn’t until I attended the Word of Life Bible Institute in Florida that I really saw what it means to be a follower of Jesus rather than a follower of rules. In my year there, God’s Word came alive for me! Living my life for God transformed from the way I was raised to my life’s passion and purpose! After attending my first year at the Bible Institute, I dove into student ministry at my home church and finished my Bachelors of Christian Counseling at Liberty University online. Then, in 2018, The Lord gave me the opportunity to take a big leap to the north, and work with Word of Life in Upstate New York! Being a follower of Jesus is an exciting adventure, and I can’t wait to see what He does next!

As a student at Word of Life, I experienced a program that was completely unique. The holistic approach that Word of Life takes to the Christian Life is such a healthy template that any believer could use for their life! Our three-pronged approach emphasizes Study, Life and Ministry. Study, we should always be students of God’s Word, as we all know we’ll never fully arrive until Glory! Life, living for Jesus is not meant to be done alone. We need a community of believers, and Word of Life shows you what that can be like. Ministry, Jesus commanded us to make disciples, and Word of Life gives you the training to build that skill.

As a staff member, I now see the other side of the program. I would say that we have some of the most incredible staff in the world! There are so many detailed ways that our staff go above and beyond to care for our students, to give them an amazing experience, to show them the love of Jesus and to invest in them as individual brothers and sisters in Christ! You won’t find a better-quality staff at any higher education institution.

Cara Heimerle
Senior Admissions Counselor – Territory: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NM, NC, ND, OK, OR, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, WA, WI, WY

Cara Harrigan

518-494-1599

I grew up in a home that loved the Lord, I got saved at a young age around 5 years old. When I was 14, I really understood what it meant to have a relationship with God, and I took the next step to be Baptized and started to live out what I have always heard. When I was 15 years old, I got very sick and struggled for 4 months with not eating and having panic attacks. I was later diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. This was a big struggle in my life and still is, but it is amazing to see God use it for his glory and His good!

I decided to come to Word of Life at the beginning of my Senior Year. I went to Word of Life my first year and really struggled. It was not easy to have a lot more structure than I was used to, but God was moving in my heart and really challenged me. I decided to go to Second Year and in Second Year I was able to really learn who God is and see how amazing He really is. Second Year was the best year of my life and I am so thankful for the experience, it grew me in more ways than one. I ended up graduating and staying on as staff as an intern in our Academic Department and I also started classes with Clarks Summit University online.

I was an intern for one year and at the end of that year I started to work for the Admissions Department in the summer. By the end of the summer, I was asked to stay on as a full-time employee. I graduated from Clarks Summit with my bachelor’s in August of 2020 and then In October of 2020 I got married to my High School Sweetheart and we now live here in Schroon Lake.

Word of Life is different because all around you is the Bible and the Gospel. You are learning God’s Word, living it and being challenged everyday all at the same time. It changed my whole life and I truly believe everyone should take a year out of their life to study the Word of God.

Audrey Hart
Associate Director of Enrollment (NY) – Territory: International Students

Audrey Hart

518-494-1599

I grew up in a Christian family and I came to know Christ as my Savior when I was six years old. Even though I was only six years old, I had already so tangibly seen God’s faithfulness in my life as He provided for my family. When my mom shared that Jesus died on the cross for my sin and rose again so that I could have a relationship with Him, I knew I could put my faith and trust in Him. Throughout the years, God put people in my path to encourage me in my spiritual growth and I had the blessing of serving with Camp Crew during high school. Those were the best summers of my life as I continued to grow in my relationship with God and had the opportunity to serve the Lord.

It was during the summer of my junior year that I decided I wanted to study the Bible at WOLBI. The two years I spent at Word of Life Bible Institute were so formative to my spiritual growth and gave me a passion for counseling. I went on to study at Clarks Summit University to finish my bachelor’s degree in counseling and came back to Word of Life to serve as a Discipleship Coordinator at the New York campus. I loved the opportunity to invest in the lives of the young women on campus!

After that, I served as the Dean of Women at the South Korea campus and I thank God for the unique opportunity to serve overseas doing discipleship. After serving in South Korea for two years, I came back to New York to serve as the International Admissions Counselor at WOLBI and continue my master’s degree in counseling. I love the ministry God has given me with the international students and it’s a joy to serve them!

The discipleship atmosphere is definitely the most unique aspect of the Word of Life Bible Institute. With an emphasis on spiritual growth and community, the students and staff are encouraged to grow closer to the Lord and each other.

Stephanie-Magana
Admissions Counselor – Name Range: N-S

Stephanie Magana

727-379-5065

Growing up in a family who loved the Lord, we attended church every week and I was constantly learning about God. However, during and after high school, the Lord showed me that I really needed to grow more in my faith. He led me to Word of Life where I learned and grew so much. It helped me set a strong Biblical foundation for the rest of my life.

Word of Life’s discipleship program is unique in that a student can have a mentor or discipler who will push them in their spiritual walk all year. This provides students with a believer who is a little farther along in their spiritual walk with whom they can confide in, seek wise counsel from, and basically learn alongside them.

Braydon Rasberry
Admissions Counselor – Name Range: I-M

Braydon Rasberry

727-379-5065

I grew up in a Christian household where both my parents love the Lord and daily spent time in His Word. We went to church every week as my dad is one of the pastors. At a young age, I heard about the gospel. I realized that this is what I needed and then at the age of 4 I accepted Jesus to be my savior. After that, I didn’t feel any different, but I knew that whenever I died that I was going to go to heaven. Since then I have been getting involved in my youth group, serving in the children’s ministry at my church, and going on mission trips around the world. When I graduated high school, I spent the next 2 years at Word of Life Bible Institute studying the Bible and growing in my faith.

I would have to say that this college is way more intentional in the lives of the students. The students that come to Word of Life are very genuine and they want to grow in their relationships with Christ.

Brian Tanedo
Director of Enrollment

Brian Tanedo

518-494-1599

I grew up in a broken home. My parents were divorced and not living for God and my childhood was full of difficulties. But, when I was 7, both of my biological parents came to know the Lord as their Savior! After that, I was constantly in church and started hearing the Gospel, or the good news. It wasn’t until I was in junior high when my Fellowship of Christian Athletes group at my public school took me to see a play called Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames that I understood I had sin in my life.

I was angry at my parents for divorcing and bitter toward my dad and step-dad for their mistakes. I was lustful and jealous of others. God showed me that night that my sin would keep me from His presence in heaven and that I needed saving from His wrath for sin. I knew that I would be separate from God forever if I died right then! But God, graciously showed me as well that there is hope and I could have salvation that meant my sins were forgiven and my relationship with Him restored if I turned from my sin, put my faith in His Son Jesus Christ, and believed that God raised him from the dead.

I prayed that night to turn from my sin to Christ! It was the best decision I have ever made. After I graduated high school, I started attending a public community college, but through some terrible decisions, God showed me he had a different plan for my life. I attended the Word of Life Bible Institute in 2008-2009 and God radically changed my life! I knew that I had forgiveness, but it wasn’t until I was at the Bible Institute that I realized that I needed, and wanted, to give God my whole life, not just trust Him with my eternal security.

I ended up staying with Word of Life as an intern, I met my wife here and we eventually left to start a family. After serving several years in Admissions at WOLBI, I received a job at Cedarville University in their Admissions Department. A couple of years, and kids later, my wife and I accepted Word of Life’s offer to come back and lead the Admissions Department. I am so blessed to serve at the college that God used to change my life and my mission is to see every Christian find that deeper walk with God and I believe the best place to do that is at the Word of Life Bible Institute!

I think what makes Word of Life different is that the students are immediately putting their faith and learning into action through ministry. Every student is required to be in ministry and you learn very early on that ministry doesn’t mean just preaching. Anything in life that we do can be a ministry and can point people to God. I have been on platform ministries and behind the scenes ministries, and it all brings glory and honor to Him with equal opportunity to show people Jesus.

Kinga square
International Admissions Counselor – FL

Kinga Vickery

727-379-5044

The Lord allowed me to know Him from a young age. This gave a good foundation of knowing that even when we don’t think or feel that He is near, He is ALWAYS faithful, and my circumstances and current situations are working together to bring me closer to Him. My husband and I have 3 kids and we both serve with Word of Life in Florida. I have a deep calling to serve the International student community because I was one many years ago and feel that I have a special connection to them and can better relate to their needs.

Word of Life is a unique place where the students not only do life & academics together but ministry as well. This is the perfect soil for long-lasting deep friendships and accountability. As Staff we strive to make you feel at home, help you in your daily walk by discipleship and informal gatherings in our homes. We value true heart-change that lasts. Our school year ends after summer ministry, which is (in most cases) summer camp for kids or families on one of our own WOL properties. This allows our students to put into practice what they learned all year. Come join us!

Bobby Brown
Recruiter

Bobby Brown

727-379-5065

I was raised in a Christian home. God was so gracious in allowing me to have two loving parents who taught me God’s word. In addition to that, God graced me with a Church that faithfully preached the word. With that in mind, my family and I were the ones at church any time the doors were open. It was during one of the May Sunday morning kids’ groups that I for the first time heard that I was a sinner. More than that I heard that because of my sin, I would be separated from God. That the punishment for my sin was death and eternity in a very real place called hell. My teachers went on to explain that God loved me despite my sin. That God showed his perfect love for me by sending his son, Jesus Christ to die for my sins and that if we placed our faith in him and believed in who he was and what he did, We could be saved. So, when the opportunity arose, I rose my hand to accept Jesus Christ as my savior. After the class, my teacher and mom sat down with me and explained to me the decision I was making, and I placed my faith and trust in Christ.

Now obviously I still struggle, and it has been a long journey. However, God is so faithful. He is faithful in exposing my sin and providing the strength to walk in righteousness. In addition to the strength, the lord provided he provided amazing teachers and disciple makers, who trained me and taught me what it meant to seek Christ. Men who taught me how to share my faith. They pushed me to teach the word and gave me opportunities to serve. Some of these men were from my church, but many were counselors at the Word of Life Florida youth camp. Every summer I got to go to camp I was poured in to. I was trained and loved. No doubt it is because of the lord and the way he faithfully used these mentors and counselors, that I am the man God has molded me into.

 

There are two things about Word of Life that make it different than other schools. The first I would say is the top down focus on the word of God. The focus and heartbeat of the School is to teach the word. We want students to know Gods word we want them to love Gods word and that shows in the class structure, the environment, the rules, etc. The other major difference is the opportunities we provide our students to live out their faith. The opportunities they have to get involved with different ministries. To meet missionaries. We provide the opportunities for students to teach the word, raise support, disciple students, lead jobs, teach devotions and counsel at summer camps. Allowing many of our students to build the biblical foundation trained and ready to go and serve.

Kara Strahan
Recruitment Coordinator

Kara Strahan

727-379-5065

I had the privilege to grow up in a Christian home and came to know the Lord at a young age. After high school, I went on to Clearwater Christian College where the Lord allowed me to grow and develop in my relationship with Him. After college, I came to Word of Life Florida to work for a couple of years before meeting my husband and living in Indiana for several years before the Lord brought our family back to Florida. I now serve as the Recruitment Coordinator for both Bible Institutes and am so thankful for the ministry God has given me here.

Word of Life is a family. I think one thing that sets the Bible Institute apart from other schools is its size, and the ability for staff members and other adults to come alongside and encourage and disciple students in a personal way.

allan black
Financial Aid Administrator

Allan Black

518-494-1599

I am a native Floridian! When I was 13, I heard the Gospel for the first time and accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. While attending Tennessee Temple University, several friends told me about Word of Life . . . and after graduation, I enrolled in the S.Y.M.E. (School of Youth, Missions and Evangelism) second year program. During my year of study and summer ministry as a camp counselor on the Florida campus, I knew God was calling me to help reach young people with the Gospel. Now, as the Financial Aid Administrator for both campuses, I have the privilege of assisting students and their families through the Financial Aid process.

The multiple ministry opportunities.

Tim Hunt
Financial Aid Manager

Tim Hunt

518-494-1599

I grew up in a Christian home, and my parents raised me with Christian values from an early age. The challenge I had was making my relationship with Jesus personal. Word of Life Bible Institute helped me develop a real relationship by teaching the scriptures and focusing on ministry. My wife Kristen and I have been married for ten years, and we have five children who bring a lot of excitement to our house.

Word of Life offers a holistic approach to Bible training. We teach students not only about the scriptures but how to live and interact with the Bible. This approach is why many of our students claim it as one of the best years of their lives