I attended Nicolet Bible Institute from 2003-2004. My husband and I now serve with Greater Europe Mission in Berlin, Germany.
After high school, I wasn’t sure if I should attend a Christian college or not. Feeling conflicted, I decided a year at NBI focused on my faith would be a better investment. I was already familiar with Silver Birch Ranch, having grown up in the area and gone there for summer camp since I was young.
After my year at NBI, I attended Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, and majored in English & Communication. They accepted many of the credits from my NBI Bible courses, so I wasn’t behind other students and graduated in 3.5 years. After a short career as an editor for a trade magazine, I met my husband, Ben, and we embarked on a career as overseas cross-cultural workers.
I really valued the classes I took, which were taught in a small-group setting by instructors I respected. One of the most important lessons I learned during my time at NBI was the value of working hard to serve others without expecting anything in return, as we helped keep the camp running for various retreat groups coming through. I enjoyed finding new areas of service with which I really “clicked,” and I learned how to not rely on my own strength when I was faced with something outside of my comfort zone. This has served me well, both in the secular working world and in overseas cross-cultural ministry.
Some of my favorite memories from NBI include seeing the northern lights over Sawyer Lake, learning how the office at a Christian camp runs, traveling with the other students to Chicago to attend Founders’ Week at Moody, learning how to build a fire, and simply spending four seasons living in the beautiful Nicolet National Forest.
I would recommend NBI as a valuable “gap-year” experience, whether you are planning to be in full-time ministry or not.