The Bridge – Updates from the Office of the President

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September 13, 2019


Meet the Staff: Maggie Brower

What is your name, and can you tell us about your salvation experience? My name is Maggie Brower. I am a pastor’s kid, so I grew up in the church. When I was about 5 years old, I made the decision to accept Christ. However, it wasn’t until I was about 14 that I really acknowledged my need for forgiveness and grace. Tell us about your role as a team member of Word of Life Bible Institute, and your favorite memory of WOLBI as a student. I work in the Marketing department as a graphic designer. When I was a first-year student, I had the privilege of going to Israel. It was my first time leaving the country and was one of the best experiences ever. It was amazing to take all of the Biblical teachings I had learned throughout the year and put them into a reality. I enjoyed it so much, and I hope to go back soon! What is your life verse and why? I don’t have a life verse, but one I have been clinging to lately is Galatians 5:16-17 which says: “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires …



September 6, 2019


Meet the Staff: Justin Cousins

What should we know about you? My name is Justin Cousins.  I’m stoked to serve here at the Word of Life Bible Institute. Share with us your salvation experience. I accepted Christ as my savior at the age of 5.  I wrestled with why I needed to get saved for a couple of weeks.  But through the counsel of my parents and Christ-loving teachers in the school, I understood that I am a sinner in need of Christ’s forgiveness. What is your role at the Word of Life Bible Institute? I have the privilege of serving as the Dean of Men and Men’s Basketball Coach at the Bible Institute. Share your favorite memory of WOLBI when you were a student or something recently as you served with our students? One of my favorite memories as a Bible Institute student would have to be working summer camp on the Island.  To be able to put to practice the things I had studied and seen in scripture and then to see God transform lives was a priceless gift. Can you tell us your life verse and why? I wouldn’t say that I have a life verse, but one that I have been …



August 30, 2019


Meet the Staff: Jason Skeffington

What’s your name, and can you tell us about your family? My name is Jason Skeffington.  I have been married to my wonderful wife Cindy for over 24 years.  We are blessed with lovely twin girls, Libby and Haley.   Tell us about your salvation experience. When I was young my family started attending a local bible church.  During a Sunday night service I was introduced to the Gospel.  Before that night I had thought the path to God was good works, but the truth of God’s Word was revealed to me.  I was a sinner and could not deal with my own sin.  Jesus alone is the way to God.  His work alone is the thing that could deal with my sin.  I asked Him to save me that night and the path of my life and eternity was changed.   Tell us about your role as a team member of Word of Life Bible Institute. I serve as the IT Director for all of Word of Life.  I have the privilege of leading an amazing team of IT professionals.  I have the privilege of serving alongside our US operations teams, serving those who serve.   What is your …



August 23, 2019


Meet the Staff: Chris Tompkins

What’s your name, and can you tell us about your family? My name is Chris Tompkins, and I’m married to my wonderful wife, Caroline. We’ve been married for nearly five years, and we initially met at the Bible Institute.   Tell us about your salvation experience. I came to know the Lord at my Great Grandfather’s funeral. The Gospel was presented, and that day, I knew I was a sinner, and the only way to heaven was by trusting in Jesus’ death and resurrection as a payment for my sins.   Tell us about your role as a team member of Word of Life Bible Institute. I serve as the Business Manager for the Bible Institute. I oversee the financial and budgeting operations of the Institute.   What is your favorite memory of WOLBI when you were a student or something recently as you served with our students? It’s tough to pick just one. Of course, my favorite memory was meeting my wife! I also fondly remember the relationships I was able to develop with my roommates. The most memorable moment was sharing my faith with a stranger and leading them to Christ for the first time in my life. …



August 17, 2019


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 …