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Alumni Blend Ministries and Lives

Posted on 26 February 2016 by editor

Chris Schriver ‘14 and Jennifer Cooper Schriver ‘14 have been busy blending their ministries and lives as they follow God’s call together.

by Jennifer

Since graduating and getting married, we’ve been busy blending our lives and ministries together. Chris loves music ministry and serves in local churches and does Bible study. He manages the stage for Great Adventure Ministry (GAMe) and caters to the churches, worship nights and artists that the ministry teams with. He even tackled teaching me ukelele and gave a large portion of the year helping a church in Bellevue get a worship team together. Though music ministry is his passion and takes a large part of the time, he works a driver for Fed-Ex to make ends meet. He puts in countless unseen hours for so many people and I adore him. Whether it’s answering phones, cleaning behind the scenes, hanging lights or driving people places, he is always serving.  


I have been part of GAMe Ministry since 2012. I helped open their outreach coffee shop in August 2014. I still am employed there full time. This job involves much more than just being a barista. It involves helping manage finances of GAMe and introducing the public to our Bible Study, maintaining relationships with people in the ministry, and stepping in and leading in Bible study as needed. I wish that list was all, but it encompasses so much more than I can think of the including bringing Christian bands in to play for the Old Market crowd. Chris has become involved in GAMe other ways as well and plays bass and sings for them each week. He has even been trained to whip up a latte. Please be looking to support us as we hope to expand and partner with Rescue Nebraska, an anti-trafficking ministry.

Last summer we went to Haven on the Rock in Wyoming. This is my second year being the guest speaker and Chris’s second year leading worship. Three kids made the decision to get baptized. Others shared at campfire how they had learned to speak and listen to God. Chris got to take  song request from kids that were going home to the recent loss of parents and homelessness. We got to experience God take campers from at least two fights a day to them all holding each other and never wanting to leave in five days. We got back home in time to sleep for five hours before we had to get up and go to church. 

I have opened a new chapter with Youth for Christ. I helped with a camp for them this summer as well and am a female leader in Millard North Middle School for campus life on Thursdays. It’s a lot of earning trust, and a lot of getting your hands dirty as a lot of hurt is happening in young hearts. We are still learning what expanding our work in this area will look like. I also still lead an occasional weekend for Urban Plunge.

It’s been busy and we are still praying for a few days to catch up on everything outside of ministry that needs to be done. I have no idea how my parents seem to be on top of all of the bills, cleaning and maintenance. Practice makes perfect we guess. We are still looking to give our time to youth ministry and music ministry more permanently. We have been reveling in how messy the work of Jesus is. We are quite happy to be each other’s mess and our Lord’s mess. 

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Diante Jones

Diante Jones, ’12

Posted on 11 September 2014 by vunruh

Omaha World Herald, August 21, 2014:

At 17 years old, after being in gangs for four years, Diante Jones was tired of always looking over his shoulder. He wanted a future. He wanted peace.

“I wanted to know if there was something else out there,” he said. “One day I walked into a church building, and it all changed from there.”

Faith changed his life, he said, and he never returned to his north Omaha gang. He focused on school, planning for college and spending time with family.

Read complete story here.

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Kent, ’87 and Sonya (Longuevan) Becker, ’88

Posted on 12 August 2014 by vunruh

The Freeman-French Connection. Kent Becker, who grew up in Freeman, So. Dak., has lived in the Bordeaux region of France for the past two decades.  He is a pastor who has found a way to pursued his interest in coaching basketball.

The attached article describes how Kent uses basketball to reach the community and 9 youth in particular.

“Social life in France is highly based in clubs and associations,” he said. “That is where you meet people.”

“For Becker there was a logical and personal connection to those clubs that came through his family. Becker and his wife, Sonya, have five children — the oldest is 23 and the youngest is 14 — and have lived in France since 1993.”

Read the complete article here.

Kent and Sonya’s children: Hannah, 23, is studying voice and vocal performance at Houghton College in New York. Stefan, 21, has just earned an associate’s degree at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyo. He is transferring to Grace University in Omaha, Neb., to pursue a bachelor’s degree seeking to be a math teacher and pursue coaching basketball. Sofia, 19, just graduated from high school and will be going to Frontier School of the Bible, La Grange, Wyo. Lydia, 18, graduated this year from high school. She has been accepted at Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y., in violin. Her desire is to play professionally. Joella, 14, has recently been accepted to preparatory cycle studies to pursue a career in cello performance.


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God of Grace Recorded by Alumni

Posted on 06 November 2013 by vunruh

An ensemble of alumni record God of Grace under the direction Dr. Greg Zielke.  Click this link to watch best writing paper the video.

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JD Burkholder

JD Burkholder, ’96

Posted on 11 January 2013 by vunruh

The Wichita Eagle

Featured business person: JD Burkholder

A sports fan, Burkholder said he’s preaching a “triangle offense” approach to agency clients.

“The first part is Web development – that’s the foundation piece,” he said. “The second is content marketing – blogging, e-mail, social marketing. The third is where we look at search engine optimization.”

Burkholder, 40, grew up in north Wichita, graduated from Heights High and then earned degrees in communications and the Bible from Grace University in Omaha. He worked for Harvest Communications here before returning to Omaha to work in community relations for the K-Love Christian music radio network.

“For those years, almost monthly I was at a venue with a Christian concert,” said Burkholder, whose mother was a choir director at their church for 40 years. “Those were good years.”

Burkholder returned to Wichita to work as manager of content and strategic positioning for Preferred Health Systems before its sale. For the past three years, he’s worked for AJR Media Group of Spring, Texas, which serves the tourism industry, while living in Derby.

Burkholder and his wife, Staci, have three children: a son, Lane, 8; and daughters Aliyah, 6, and Avery, 4.

“A lot of my time has really been spent investing in our kids – driving the girls to dance, taking my son to Cub Scouts,” he said. “And we love to bike as a family when the weather’s nice.”

Joe Stumpe

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