Dear Parents and Guardians,
Autumn is progressing nicely here at Word of Life Bible Institute, and the students have settled comfortably into the rhythm of academics, ministry and campus activities. I hope you find the following updates helpful, and as always, please let me know if I can serve you in any way.
Next week we are excited to welcome to our campus Dr. Stephen Bramer, Chairman and Professor of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary. He will be teaching our Freshmen students a course on the book of Proverbs. Our Sophomore students will be taking a Biblical Ethics course with Professor Chris Eppling, the Vice President of Student Services at Truett McConnell University.
On our Florida campus, our students will continue their studies in the book of Romans. Their professor will be one of our alumni, Phil Moser. Pastor Moser is the Teaching Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Mullica Hill, NJ. He brings to the classroom years of ministry experience, coupled with a great understanding of the Word.
On both campuses, our Freshmen and Sophomore students also continue their semester-long courses with their Resident Professors (Dr. Davis, Professor Sewall, Professor Strout, and Dr. Weaver).
As you know, we have asked our students to stay on campus for our Sunday services. There are many wonderful local churches in our area, but like most of the country, they are at a low capacity for attendance. Beginning last fall, we started a great partnership with Grace Community Church, located in Orange County, New York. Grace streams their services to our campus, and one of their pastors joins on a bi-weekly basis to connect with students on a deeper level. Grace’s focus on church planting in the northeast and their desire to train the next generation to reach the unreached made them the perfect choice for partnering with us. We are really excited to continue ministering with Grace; they have been a huge blessing during this time.
We’re excited to have sports starting back up on campus! The Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams have completed tryouts and begun practice in our brand new facility. We are still working closely with the USCAA and HVIAC on safety protocols and plans, but hoping for an early January start to the basketball season.
We’ve also begun both softball and volleyball intramurals for students and staff to enjoy.
Last weekend we hosted the first ever “Story Conference” on our New York campus. We kicked things off by showing the documentary Miracle Matt, and then had Matt Manzari himself talk about the power of story. Our main speaker for the other three sessions was Kevin Durham, the founder and director of This Is My Story, an incredible ministry focused on sharing the stories of Christian athletes. Kevin walked students through better understanding their own stories and helped prepare them to share them in an upcoming ministry initiative. We also had a fun Pop Up Party this week, as well as Laser Tag on Sunday evening.
Title IV Renewal
2020 marked the renewal year for our agreement with the Department of Education for our institution to participate in the Title IV Program. The Title IV program allows eligible students to receive Pell Grants, Federal Student Loans, Federal PLUS Loans, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and Federal Work Study opportunities. The application was submitted and has been approved by the Department of Education. We’re pleased to report that our renewal to participate in the Title IV program now extends to 2026.
We are grateful for your continued prayers as we seek to keep you informed about the things happening on our New York and Florida campuses. Although we have had a few cases of preventative quarantine, we are pleased to say that we remain COVID-free at this point in time. We are grateful for God’s gracious protection!