SHINE Graduation

by Kathy Marson

The First SHINE Graduating Class of October 2011.

Spokane, Wash., October 17, 2011, - On October 17, 2011 the Upper Columbia Conference graduated their first class of ten students from the SHINE Bible Worker Training School.

They were congratulated by their teachers, Steve Rogers, Dave Livermore, Jordana Ashburn and Eric Ramirez as well as administrators of UCC as they received their certificates of completion. This one month course prepared them to assist with evangelism, Bible studies and to serve as a Bible Worker Coordinator. Some of the students will be working soon in local UCC churches.

The results of having a Bible school called SHINE have been successful,” said Bob Folkenberg, Jr., UCC conference president. “No matter where you go you will shine!” He also charged them to multiply wherever they go and help the church to shine.

The ten graduates are Nitzi Barrett, Harold Beebe, Marla King, Tamala Mack, Jay Nawalkowski, Bob Ratcliff, Jerry Risenhoover, Maryann Risenhoover, Tye Schultz and Derek Williams.

It was a sweet accomplishment for Jerry Reisenhoover who was told by his doctor not to attend the school because he would not be able to learn anything. He had been diagnosed with a post-traumatic stress illness. But Jerry and his wife Maryann were impressed to come anyway and throughout the course of the SHINE Bible Worker Training School, Jerry was able to retain what he learned and was able to preach an evangelistic meeting. He believes the Holy Spirit worked with him and allowed him this opportunity.