Brian Baker and Lynn

Brian Baker - Vice President, Word of Life Bible Institute

The Lord used his time at the Word of Life Bible Institute to call Brian into the ministry. For 17 years he was a missionary with Word of Life Youth Ministries in North Carolina. The next 7 years were spent leading the Northeast region for Word of Life and then in December, 2021 Brian accepted the role as Vice President over the NY Bible Institute and Camps. He is passionate about helping young people develop a biblical foundation to build the rest of their life on. Brian loves preaching, teaching and building into current and future leaders. Brian is married to the love of his life Lynn, and together they have 3 incredible children.

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The Bridge – Updates from the Office of the President


From the Office of Brian Baker

The Bridge: November 23

Dear Parents and Loved Ones,  Can you believe the holiday season is here? As our students head out for Thanksgiving break, we can’t help but feel a deep gratitude for all God has done in and through each one already this year. We are praying for a blessed time together for you and your students!  Thanksgiving and Christmas Breaks  We will have the break details in every Bridge until they pass, just to keep the information in front of you at all times.  Campus Preview Days  Do you know someone who may be interested in checking out the Bible Institute? There are still spots available for our upcoming Campus Preview Days, December 9-11. This is an amazing opportunity to get a feel for campus life, tour our facilities, and get all your enrollment questions answered.  You can book a regular visit or sign up for Campus Preview Days at this …

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The Bridge: November 11

Dear Parents and Loved Ones,  It’s exciting to see how student ministry teams are developing their skills and talents to reach people with the gospel. Through athletics, church ministry, youth events, and many other ministries, students are bringing the hope of Jesus to the people around them!  Volleyball and Soccer in Review  The Beginning of Basketball Season  Now that the volleyball and soccer seasons have ended, we are heading into basketball season! You can find the schedule of the games at   Ministry Highlights  The student body is beginning a busy season of going out and ministering through various local churches. Last weekend, we sent 40 students to Riverbank Church in Vermont to help facilitate their Fall Festival. Over 2,500 people from the community came to the event. The next morning, five people trusted Jesus in the church service.   We also sent two teams to Bolton Community Public School to …

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The Bridge: October 28

Dear Parents and Loved Ones,  This weekend holds plenty of activity on campus, including Fall Fun Night and our first Campus Preview Days of the year. As October comes to a close, I find it hard to believe that holiday breaks and the end of the fall semester are just around the corner.  Housing Options for Parents  Since Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here soon, we wanted to make you aware of housing that is available for booking here at Word of Life Bible Institute for when you drop off or pick up your students.   By calling Customer Service (518.494.6000, Option 1), you can reserve lodging in an on-campus cabin or book a room at Lakeside (our nearby retreat property). We also have RV sites available at The Pines, our campground across the street from campus.  Lakeside has three types of rooms. A standard room holds up to four people …

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The Bridge: October 21 

Dear Parents and Loved Ones,  For the past several weeks, the Word of Life Quiet Time has been taking us through passages in Genesis. I have been struck by the faith of the men and women God used for His purposes in the Genesis account. I have also been encouraged to see that even when these people lacked faith, God did not give up on them.   It is a joy to watch students growing through times when their faith is strong, and through times when they are struggling and in need of encouragement. Our faculty and staff are here to help them in both situations. If you have a student who is struggling, please have them come to me or one of our deans. We are here to walk through this journey with them.  Intro to the Health and Security Team  Dianne Spelter  Health Director  Dianne is a Physician Assistant and …

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The Bridge: October 7

Dear Parents and Loved Ones,  Our prayer is that your student is getting acclimated to life here at WOLBI. Please remember that we are here to help them in any way we can. Your student’s RA, RD, or any of the deans are here to serve, so have your student let us know if there is anything we can do. Our staff and faculty want to live out Acts 20:35b— “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”    Center for Biblical Counseling  One of the ministry resources that we offer at our New York campus is the Center for Biblical Counseling (CBC). The mission of the CBC is to provide a private and safe environment for our students and staff to sort out difficult life issues and help them make godly decisions that contribute to their spiritual growth (Ephesians 4:13). The CBC offers free biblical counseling services that include …

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The Bridge: September 30

Dear Parents and Loved Ones,  As the month of September is coming to a close, students are settling into their service assignments and ministry teams here on campus. Throughout the year, these students will have the opportunity to show the love of Jesus by serving in a variety of capacities both on and off WOLBI campus. It is my prayer that God will use this season to give students a passion for sharing the hope of the gospel wherever life takes them.  Intro to Ministries  Our ministries team represents a wide range of staff in various roles around campus. Even though we won’t be able to introduce every person here, all of them are crucial to making our ministry teams, service assignments, campus events, and camps run smoothly. Below, we’ve included some of the main people your student will need to connect with during the year.   Jon Bubar  Dean of …

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