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Welcoming Our New President

Columbia Bible College Welcomes Dr. Steve A. Brown as its New President

On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Steve Brown as the seventh President of Columbia Bible College.

Dr. Brown comes to Columbia from Arrow Leadership where he developed Jesus-centered leaders in Canada and around the world for over nineteen years, including twelve as president. He is a distinguished author, speaker, and non-profit leader with a proven track record as a prayerful servant leader, intentional disciple maker and strategist with an entrepreneurial spirit.

As the Board of Directors, we eagerly anticipate the strong leadership Dr. Brown will bring to Columbia. We prayerfully look forward to the direction he will provide as Columbia seeks to be known for holistic discipleship that integrates biblically based theology with all of life, equipping ministry leaders and strengthening the church. The presidential transition will take place over the next few weeks with Dr. Brown officially assuming the role beginning February 1, 2024.

I am incredibly excited and honoured to serve and lead the Columbia team into this next chapter of impact. As we navigate chaotic, complex and changing times, I strongly believe that CBC has an incredibly strategic and important contribution to make in shaping and developing the next generation of leaders and everyday disciples to impact the Church, our country and the world.
– Dr. Steve A. Brown

Dr. Brown will officially assume the role of President at Columbia Bible College beginning February 1, 2024.
 

Graham Nickel,
Chair of the Board of Directors

Dr. Steve A. Brown

President Biography

Dr. Steve Brown is a sought after communicator and gifted teacher and the author of Jesus Centered – Focusing on Jesus in a Distracted World  (2021), Leading Me – Eight Practices for a Christian Leader’s Most Important Assignment  (2015), and Great Questions for Leading Well. He has also been part of the teaching team with Tyndale Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry Program for a decade and recently taught the Theology of Leadership course at Columbia Bible College.

An avid student of leadership, Steve’s real-time education flows from twelve years of first chair non-profit leadership and thousands of hours walking alongside amazing leaders from around the world. He has also completed his Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity from Tyndale Seminary, Honours Bachelor of Business from Wilfrid Laurier University and is credentialed with the Mennonite Brethren Churches of British Columbia.

Married to Lea and dad to three young adults (Luke, Ainslea and Lauren), Steve is based in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

You can welcome Steve, share your CBC connection or inquire about speaking bookings directly through his Columbia email.

Welcoming Quotes

Some quotes to welcome Dr. Steve A. Brown to Columbia Bible College.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Steve Brown as the new President of Columbia Bible College. Dr. Brown’s extensive experience in developing Jesus-centered leaders, as demonstrated during his tenure at Arrow Leadership, aligns perfectly with our mission. His reputation as a distinguished author, speaker, and non-profit leader will undoubtedly contribute to the growth and development of our institution. We are confident that under Dr. Brown’s leadership, Columbia Bible College will continue to equip ministry leaders and strengthen the church through holistic discipleship that integrates biblically based theology with all aspects of life. We eagerly anticipate the leadership Dr. Brown will bring to Columbia and look forward to him taking office.” – Christine Reimer and Brad Willems, Co-Chairs of the Presidential Search Committee 

“I believe this is an exciting time in our history and eagerly anticipate the strong and innovative leadership Dr. Brown will bring to Columbia. He is a person whose personal mission to develop Jesus-centered leaders who serve others, and lead people to Jesus. This aligns so well with the vision and mission of Columbia.” – Kate Reid, Board Director and Member of Search Committee

“I enjoyed getting to know Dr. Brown through the search process. His humble attitude and passion for servant leadership fit well with Columbia’s values. I am confident that Dr. Brown’s experience and vision make him the ideal candidate to lead Columbia Bible College into its next chapter of growth and impact” – Dieter Nickel, Member of the Presidential Search Committee

“Steve Brown’s commitment to Christian leadership and to the renewal of the church will greatly enrich the academic and spiritual journeys of our students and our entire Columbia community. His contributions to this field and his dedication to promoting the value of Christian higher education resonate deeply with our mission and with the heart of our teaching faculty.” – Gil Dueck, Academic Dean

“Steve brings a wealth of experience leading and managing a successful Christian ministry to his new role as Columbia’s President.  This will serve Columbia well as we seek to be both a leader in Christian higher education and financial sustainability. I look forward to working with him as we seek God’s will for Columbia together.” – Derek Rogusky, Chief Financial Officer

Statements of Appreciation

We want to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Bryan Born for his years of dedicated service to Columbia as President, and before that as a faculty member. Dr. Born ended his tenure as President of Columbia at the end of April 2023. He has been, and remains, a passionate champion of Columbia and the work of building God’s kingdom. We wish him God’s blessings as he pursues new ventures leading the Willingdon School of the Bible.

We also want to thank Derek Rogusky, who has served as Acting President, along with the transitional leadership team. Together they have guided Columbia through this season of transition with care and excellence. We are delighted that Mr. Rogusky will continue as the Chief Financial Officer.

Remarks from Former President Dr. J. Bryan Born

When I first heard that Dr. Steve Brown was being considered as the next president for Columbia Bible College, I immediately thanked the Lord! Now that he has been confirmed to serve in this role, I want to pass along my congratulations to Steve, the Columbia Board of Directors and the partner denominations. I am so excited to watch how God is going to use Steve’s leadership gifts and skills to lead Columbia into the future.

I have known Steve for a number of years and have benefitted greatly from his wisdom, creative thinking and encouragement. He is highly gifted, but what stands out most is his Christ-centered character and humility. Columbia is well-positioned to have a major impact in our churches and our communities, and with Steve’s leadership experience and expertise, I believe he is just the right person for this time in Columbia’s journey.

I am grateful for my years at Columbia Bible College, and now I am so pleased to see Dr. Brown answer God’s call to serve together with the excellent team at the college, and carry on the mission of equipping people for a life of discipleship, ministry, and leadership in service to the church and community. I pray God’s blessing on Steve and the entire Columbia team in this new season and trust that God’s purposes will be fulfilled in the lives of every student!

Dr. J. Bryan Born

Leadership Team

The Columbia Bible College Leadership Team is responsible for shaping the philosophy of the College, defining the style of the institution and developing vision, aims and objectives.

Chief Financial Officer

Academic Dean

Quest Director

Vice President of Enrollment and External Relations

Executive Associate, Leadership Team

Co-Director of Applied Leadership & Director of Social Entrepreneurship

Co-Director of Applied Leadership

President

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the direction, operation and leadership of Columbia Bible College. This dedicated team is comprised of members from Columbia’s two supporting denominations: Mennonite Brethren Church of British Columbia (BCMB) and Mennonite Church British Columbia (MCBC). For more information regarding Columbia Board of Directors, please contact us.

2023-2026 (Term 1), Greendale MB Church (BCMB)

2021-2024 (Term 1), Living Hope (MCBC)

2019-2025 (Term 2), Central Heights Church (BCMB)

2021-2024 (Term 1), Yarrow United MC (MCBC)

2019-2025 (Term 3), Willingdon Church (BCMB)

2023-2026 (Term 1), Northview Community Church (BCMB)

2017-2026 (Term 3), Peace Mennonite Church (MCBC)

2017-2026 (Term 3), Crossroads Community Church (MCBC)

Chair, 2021-2024 (Term 1), Northview Community Church (BCMB)

Vice-Chair, 2021-2024 (Term 1), Mountain Park Community Church (BCMB)

2018-2024 (Term 2), Broadway Church (BCMB)

2018-2024 (Term 2), North Langley Community Church (BCMB)

2023-2026 (Term 1), The Point (Director at Large)

Faculty Emeriti & Past Presidents

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Past President

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