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August 17, 2019 – jslouvis


Meet the Staff: Eric Messer

  • What is your name and tell us about your family(if applicable)?

My name is Eric Messer. My wife’s name is Karalie and we have three boys Durand, Marcus, and Nash. My family and I love serving the Lord at the Word of Life Bible Institute. We are grateful to invest in the next generation in this place. As a family, we love the outdoors…so living in the Adirondack Park is an incredible blessing!

 

  • Tell us about your salvation experience.

I am grateful for the opportunity to be a child of God, by His grace! I was saved as a young boy as a result of my family’s and church’s Godly influence in my life. As a teenager I began to open God’s Word and study it for myself and my life has never been the same!

 

  • Tell us about your role as a team member of Word of Life Bible Institute.

I have the joy of serving on the Operations Team here at Word of Life as the Exec. Dean of Student and Guest Experiences. We have an awesome team of people that makes this ministry happen!

 

  • What is your favorite memory of WOLBI when you were a student or something recently as you served with our students?

I recently traveled to NYC with all our Freshman to share the love of Christ with New Yorkers on the streets. I was able to see afresh and anew the powerful Gospel at work in peoples lives young and old. I love Word of Life’s passion to see souls won for Christ.

 

  • What is your life verse and why?

I love II Cor. 3:5 “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.” My sufficiency is in Christ alone!

 

  • Why do you love serving students?

I love to serve students because each student has the potential to reach their generation with the Gospel of Christ.

 

  • If you could speak to a younger you today – what would you say?

I Tim. 4:12 “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

August 9, 2019 – jslouvis


Meet the Staff: Tommy Sewall

·What is your name and tell us about your family(if applicable)?

My name is Tommy Sewall. I am married to my beautiful wife Britney, and we have a little guy named JT who was just born this year!

·Tell us about your salvation experience?

I trusted in Jesus as my savior as a kindergartner in a chapel service in the Christian school I attended. The speaker presented the plan of salvation and my teacher helped me understand my need for a savior. 

·Tell us about your role as a team member of Word of Life Bible Institute.

I am the self-proclaimed “Dean of Fun” here on campus. I get to lead the Campus Life team as we put on all kinds of events and activities throughout the school year, and I also get to lead our teen camps, Snowcamp, and the Island. It’s a fast paced role but I love it! 

·What is your favorite memory of WOLBI when you were a student or something recently as you served with our students?

Some of my favorite memories from my year at the Bible Institute involve my roommates. I had so much fun with them and we became great friends. We actually had very little in common, but we all enjoyed being around each other and formed a great bond. 

·What is your life verse and why?

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is John 10:10. It reminds me that sin leads to loss, destruction, and death– but Jesus offers me abundant life as an alternative. 

·Why do you love serving students?

I believe God has a specific and incredible plan for every single student, and I love to watch the pieces fall in place and the light come on as they begin to discover and explore all that God has for them. 

·If you could speak to a younger you today – what would you say?

Spend more time developing discipline and forming godly habits.

July 26, 2019 – jslouvis


Meet the Staff: Josh Ely

What should we know about you and your family?

My name is Josh Ely, and I have been married to my wife Julie for 13 years. I have 4 wonderful children: Logan, Moriah, Ava, and Olivia.

Share with us your salvation experience.

I was saved when I was 7 years old. It was a Sunday night at church, and I heard that I was a sinner and that Jesus paid the penalty for my sins. My mom and I prayed that night in my bedroom and I put my full trust in Jesus as my personal savior.

What is your role at the Word of Life Bible Institute?

I have the honor of serving as the Dean of Students here at Word of Life Bible Institute.

Share your favorite memory of WOLBI when you were a student or something recently as you served with our students?

My favorite memories as a student are all Snowcamp related. It’s still my favorite camp, and it was definitely my favorite time of the year. I especially loved the friendships I got to build and deepen during Snowcamp with the guys in my dorm.

Can you tell us your life verse and why?

My life verse is 2 Timothy 2:2. I think it is the best verse that describes what God has put me on the earth to do–I want to make disciple-makers.

Josh, tell us about your experience serving students.

I love serving students because of the passion they have. I love how eager they are to pursue whatever calling they have from Lord. If revival is going to happen in the USA, it will start with students.

If you could speak to a younger you today – what would you say?

What you do today matters. The habits and friendships you build today will help or hurt you in the years to come. Build good habits and choose good friends.

July 22, 2019 – jslouvis


Davis College and WOLBI Partner to Provide Excellent Christian Education

I am excited to announce that the Word of Life Bible Institute New York campus will enter an educational partnership with Davis College beginning this fall semester!

 

Recently, New York State and the according accreditors approved Davis College’s decision to sell their main campus, relocate to a smaller property in Johnson City, and extend their program to Word of Life’s New York campus. This arrangement provides current Davis students with the choice to complete their degree programs at the new Johnson City property or at the Word of Life property. Additionally, the extension provides a pathway for second-year Word of Life students to matriculate directly into Davis and complete a Bachelor of Religious Education degree — with an emphasis in Christian Ministries —  without ever leaving the New York Bible Institute campus, which allows students to pursue higher education while still engaging in the enriching Word of Life atmosphere.

 

Historically, Reverend John Adelbert Davis founded Practical Bible School in 1900 to provide students with a Biblically-centered approach to higher education, basing the fledgling school off of Moody Bible Institute. According to an official statement published in March 2019 from Davis College’s Board of Trustees, Davis is adapting to the changing landscape of higher education “by moving into a new chapter in its century-old legacy of training men and women for Christian and non-profit service, both at home and abroad.” This new chapter includes partnering with Word of Life.

 

The New York campus of the Word of Life Bible Institute, founded in 1971, runs a unique program consisting of Bible classes taught by professors and leading theologians, a rigorous set of ministry requirements, and a structured discipleship atmosphere. First-year students receive a foundation in understanding books of the Bible, theology, and church history. Second-year students focus more on various practical approaches to full-time ministry.      

 

Davis and the Bible Institute will continue as two separate entities but will operate with this shared services agreement, which takes the strengths of these institutions and allows them to complement each other. Between the Bible Institute’s intense and intimate discipleship program and Davis’s more traditional collegiate approach to academics, students will receive a singular pedagogical experience that equips them for service and leadership within the church, Christian organizations, and any other space the Lord leads them.

 

In Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, the author states,

 

Two are better than one,

    because they have a good return for their labor:

If either of them falls down,

    one can help the other up.

But pity anyone who falls

    and has no one to help them up.

 

I believe that this partnership between the Bible Institute and Davis College will powerfully prepare students for serving in the local church, in local communities, and around the world, further reaching people with the love of Jesus Christ! 

 

We ask that you pray with us as we seek to pursue and develop this partnership with excellence.

 

Please check out our website and, in particular, our social media newsfeed for additional information concerning this partnership between the Bible Institute and Davis!

July 19, 2019 – jslouvis


Meet the Staff: Brian Tanedo

What should we know about you and your family?
My name is Brian Tanedo. I’m originally from Green Cove Springs, FL and I graduated from the Florida Bible Institute in 2010 and from the New York Bible Institute in 2012. My wife, Rachel is originally from Jamestown, OH and we met here at Word of Life while she was in the first year in 2011 and I was on the Impact Team. We started dating when we were interns in 2014 and got married in March of 2015. We have two little boys and their names are Elias and Emmitt. Elias is two and a half and Emmitt is one

Share with us your salvation experience.
I came to know the Lord through a Fellowship of Christian Athletes program at my middle school. I was invited one evening to go see a play called “Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames”. I came to the realization while watching this play that one day I would actually stand before God and my sin would keep me from living with Him eternally. I believed the good news of Jesus’ sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection and repented of my sin that night.

What is your role at the Word of Life Bible Institute?

I have the amazing privilege to help as many people as possible come and have the life-changing experience that I did at Word of Life Bible Institute! Paul Bubar says that the Bible Institute takes young people and makes them passionate about God, and the things of God- which is exactly what happened to me. Because of that life change, I now work in the Enrollment Office and manage the team that recruits and assists incoming freshmen to the Bible Institute in New York. It has been a great blessing to give back to the organization that God used and continues to use, in such a mighty way in my own life.

Share your favorite memory of WOLBI when you were a student or something recently as you served with our students?

Meeting and dating my wife would have to be at the very top of my experiences here at Word of Life, but my absolute favorite happened during my first few weeks in Word of Life Florida as a first-year student. I was in Resident Assistant training, and we would do Quiet Time in the morning as usual, but afterward, we would come together and talk about what we learned and what God was teaching us. It was during those moments where I first witnessed people my own age, who didn’t just say that they loved God, but instead lived out their love in a tangible way! It was in the way they talked about Jesus and what they were learning that caused me to yearn for a deeper, more authentic relationship with Christ. I have been pursuing that ever since and I pray it never stops.

Can you tell us your life verse and why?

1 Corinthians 15:10a says, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain…” Paul was defending his apostleship, but in my life, I use this verse to highlight that the only reason I am here right now is God’s grace. If it wasn’t for His unending, amazing grace, my life would be completely worthless. Now, because of His grace, I have joy in my heart, a future hope that is secure, the forgiveness of my sin and a relationship with my Creator. I could never say enough about what God has done and how He has changed me!

Brian, please share with us your experience serving WOLBI students?

I love serving students because Jesus loved serving students. In Luke 6:40, Jesus says, “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone, when he is fully trained, will be like his teacher.” I just want to be as much like Jesus as possible!

If you could speak to a younger you today – what would you say?

God has something planned for your life that you cannot even imagine, trust Him when you cannot see what’s next.