The Experience Magazine 50th Year Edition

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My sister was diagnosed with cancer right before I started my first year. In October of ‘90, she got pneumonia and almost died. The support I got from all my fellow classmates was overwhelming. On a side note: She is doing great and has been cancer free for over 25 years. Karen (Johnston ’90 & ’91) McCaslin

1991 George Theis becomes Executive Director of Word of Life Fellowship

WOLBI Hockey Team

1990 was the 50th anniversary of Word of Life Fellowship.

The class of 1990 was large, and several new ministries, such as Children’s Bible Fellowship and our Spanish Ministry, came into play – which was fitting, because 1990 was the 50th anniversary of Word of Life Fellowship. Celebration of this milestone included the construction of Hungary dorm (now Hungary Hall), the largest dorm built up until that point at WOLBI. George Theis became the Executive Director of Word of Life in 1991, as Jack stepped back to allow younger men to step up into leadership positions. That same year brought the inception of our hockey team, which was a fun addition to our sports ministries, but it also saw the loss of one of our dorms – Recife – to fire. In 1992, the Bible Institute hosted its first Founder’s Week. The goal of Founder’s Week (now Founder’s Bible Conference) was – and is – to help students catch the vision and see the hearts of the generations before them. The conference also provides valuable insight into our history as a youth ministry. Jack Wyrtzen was a huge proponent and said, “It is the responsibility of each generation to reach their generation for Christ.” WOLBI is still centered on that principle, and we want to continue to pass that focus on to each class of Bible Institute students!

Recife dorm destroyed by fire


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