Columbia Bible College appoints new academic dean

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Gil Dueck, a PhD candidate at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, Holland, will assume the role of academic dean at Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, B.C., beginning Aug. 1, 2017. Dueck has considerable experience in a Bible college setting, having served as an associate dean of students, an instructor in theology, and academic dean at Bethany College in Hepburn, Sask., from 2003 to 2015. He has a deep desire to see young adults grow and develop as Christ-followers, as evidenced by his PhD dissertation topic, ‘Emerging adult faith development.” He sums up his call to serve in a Bible college setting as follows: “I am motivated by a pastoral burden for young adults coming of age in the midst of a uniquely challenging cultural moment and I have seen the positive impact that a formative Bible college experience can have at this stage of the journey. I am also convinced that the church’s mission includes theological education and leadership formation, and I am committed to advocating for these priorities in a spirit of collaboration and attentiveness to the experience of local churches.” —Columbia Bible College