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Bennie Leigh DeMerchant

by ABI Admissions (2/23/2017)

On February 8th, 2017 we lost a great father, grandfather, missionary and man of God. Bennie Leigh DeMerchant was born in New Brunswick, Canada on January 31st, 1941, and at an early age, he felt a tug for the work of the Lord. God had placed missions and piloting strongly on his heart, and at a revival in 1957 he gave his life completely to God to do His perfect will in Bennie's life.
After a close call while flying with Bro. Gerald Grant, his longtime friend, Bennie was praising and thanking God for His mercy when he saw visions of a map of the Amazon River system in northern Brazil.
Bennie graduated from ABI in 1962, and his wife Theresa had graduated in 1957. On October 29th, 1965, they began their missions career in Manaus Brazil, that spanned over 57 years. In that time, they built up churches, Bible schools and ministers for the gospel. Bro. DeMerchant logged over 15,000 flight hours in the dense jungles and winding rivers of the Amazon.
At his passing, Bro. DeMerchant leaves behind over 1,300 UPC churches, 124 Bible schools and over 140,000 constituents.
His last words before taking his final, heavenly flight were: "Make disciples, open Bible schools, teach the Word, keep the doctrine, and remain in the Truth."

Service information:
March 9th, 2017
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Visitation
1:00 PM (MEMORIAL ~ FUNERAL SERVICE) Capital Community Church ~ Fredericton, NB, Canada

March 10th, 2017
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Visitation
2:00 PM (HOMEGOING ~ COMMITTAL SERVICE) Calvary Tabernacle Church - Hillcrest Cemetery ~ Perth-Andover, NB, Canada

You can view the Memorial Service live at 1 PM, March 9th, 2017, Atlantic Standard Time by copying and pasting the url below.

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Cold North Invitational

by ABI Admissions (2/22/2017)

ABI was honored to host the Bible Quizzing Cold North Invitational over the weekend.

Teams from Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin competed together for two days, working hard to not only take the top spots, but to broaden their knowledge of the Word of God. These dedicated young people have devoted their time and energy to memorizing scripture. This year's theme is 'Rooted' and the verses come from the book of Acts.

We're proud of these young people who are giving their time to learn our roots in Pentecost!

For more information on Senior Bible Quizzing, copy and paste the url below:

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80th Graduation Weekend Is Close

by ABI Admissions (2/14/2017)

As warmer weather starts to move into the Twin Cities, there's excitement in the halls of ABI. Not only is there excitement that all of the snow and ice is melting, but there is excitement for graduation weekend! June 2nd through the 4th marks the 80th graduation weekend at Apostolic Bible Institute.

We are excited for everything that the weekend holds, including: singing, preaching, ABI drama and much more.

We hope that you can join us for this historic occasion. Mark your calendars now!

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Once Again, ABI Graduates Lead The Way

by ABI Admissions (2/6/2017)

As the years progress, more and more licensed UPCI ministers are going into chaplaincy. There are four areas of chaplaincy: Military and VA, fire and police, health and medical, and occupational. Being a military chaplain is no easy feat, but it is one that multiple UPCI ministers, and ABI alumni have been willing to take on.

It began with Rev. Garry Truman, who graduated from Apostolic Bible Institute in 1965. He was an assistant pastor in Lima, Ohio in 1967 when he was drafted for the Vietnam War. After fighting for conscientious objector status for a year, in August of 1968 he went into the army as a medic and did a tour of duty in Vietnam.

As soon as his tour of duty was over, Rev. Truman came back to the states where he continued his ministry.

In 1977, he attended the General Conference of the UPCI in Indianapolis, Indiana where, through the help and encouragement of Rev. Arless Glass, (who received an honorary degree from ABI), God placed a calling in his life for military chaplaincy. The very next year, at the General Conference held in Kansas City, he went before the board and was approved. A week later, he had a letter of equivalency from Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, and by January, Rev. Truman was in active service as the first licensed UPCI military chaplain.

Rev. Truman says that when he went to meet with the academic dean at Kenrick Seminary, he showed him his ABI diploma and a yearbook that he had helped work on. The priest looked at them and said, "Looks good to me. I'll have my secretary write up your letter."

Rev. Truman was blown away at how God was working. As he went on to serve, he says that the most jarring experience came in his early days of service when a young man walked up to him and said, "They tell me you're UPC?"

When Rev. Truman informed him that he was, the young man was surprised because he was so nice.

This encounter floored him and became an early reminder for him to just "be nice," a mantra that he kept throughout his eighteen-and-a-half years of service as a military chaplain, retiring as a major in 1997.

His experience as a UPCI chaplain paved the way for more UPCI licensed ministers to follow, and they did.

Rev. Raymond Robinson graduated from ABI in 1988, teaching for several years as he completed his Master of Divinity at United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, Minnesota.

Rev. Robinson is currently a Colonel, the highest ranking UPCI military chaplain on the field and serves as the USFK (United States Forces Korea) Command Chaplain.
These men serve and have served our military in a great capacity, spreading Truth overseas.
But our ABI grads have stretched beyond military chaplaincy, and have gone into an area with a rigorous application process spanning fifteen months.

Serving as FBI chaplains.

It is no easy process, but once again, ABI graduates have paved the way to make it happen. Rev. Norman Paslay graduated from ABI in 1978, and went on to pastor Calvary Church in Cincinnati, Ohio for two decades before he decided to study for his Master's at Urshan Graduate School of Theology.

In 2015, Rev. Paslay was appointed as an FBI chaplain serving Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, the first UPCI minister to do so.

Another trailblazing ABI alum, Rev. Gregg Joki, did the same. Rev. Joki graduated from ABI in 1988 and went on to assist his brother-in-law in Dewar, Oklahoma. He has served at the Dewar United Pentecostal Church in multiple capacities, including 8 years of chaplaincy service in prisons, jails, police stations and fire departments.

His ABI degree, coupled with his chaplaincy experience, afforded him the opportunity to hold a position as an FBI chaplain that started in late 2016. Rev. Joki made the statement, "Without my ABI degree, I wouldn't have gotten into the FBI."

Since becoming an FBI chaplain, Rev. Joki has spoken at a Sunday morning service at Quantico, the FBI's training academy in Virginia, and has briefly served as the chaplain on duty there.

ABI currently has on staff a former political chaplain, Rev. Andrew Reece, who graduated in 2009 and served at the Minnesota State Capitol from 2012 to 2013, and is still involved in the chaplain community. Also, one of our adjunct faculty members, Dr. Sidney Poe, is the Director of Education for the Occupational Chaplains Association, traveling the country teaching seminars and training new chaplains. He also teaches the chaplaincy course at ABI, which produced another chaplain on staff, Sis. Chandra Murphy. Sis. Murphy is the ABI Christian Academy principal and is also a licensed chaplain, visiting and aiding shut-ins.

ABI graduates have led the way in many areas of ministry. We are proud of each trailblazer that the school we love produces, and all who have followed to keep the work of the Lord going around the world!

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Wrapping Up January

by ABI Admissions (1/31/2017)

The month of January is wrapping up at Apostolic Bible Institute, and it's been a busy one to start out the year.

During our first week of classes, the Minnesota Breakthrough Ministers Training Conference was held at ABI, and the students were able to sit in on the sessions and services, gleaning knowledge from seasoned ministers. During the next week, the students took a snow day and went snow tubing at Green Acres.

Last week was Spirit Week at ABI, and the students enjoyed themselves as they proudly showed off their school spirit! The month wrapped up nicely with All Nations Sunday. With 18 different languages spoken in the congregation, cultures from around the globe were well represented.

The preaching was translated into multiple languages, there were songs of worship in English, Spanish and Karen, and after, there was a cultural potluck dinner that everyone enjoyed. The young people had fun snow sledding in the afternoon and the day was filled with fellowship. As January winds down, we look forward to the relatively quiet month of February and the rest of the semester!

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