Nicolet Bible Institute

Ivan Flannery

2011-2012 Student

Ivan Flannery


The summer prior to my senior year of high school was filled with many decisions. Being an athlete in high school provided me with options as to where I would receive my college education. Little did I know that my first time visiting Silver Birch Ranch for High School Camp would make that decision much more difficult. My mindset went from thinking I knew where I was going in life to realizing God had other plans for my future. At High School Camp I heard many great things about a one-year Bible program focusing on studying and learning about the Bible. For the first time in my life, I consistently prayed for two weeks, asking God what He wanted me to do next in life. He answered those prayers loud and clear and I chose to attend NBI as part of the class of 2011-2012. This opportunity was a true leap of faith, as my family wasn’t initially supportive of my decision, and would have rather had me attend the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to play baseball. Nonetheless, they became supportive, and I am glad they did, because it was one of the best years of my life. 

During my year at NBI, I deepened my knowledge of the Bible by studying God’s Word. In addition, I learned how to serve others and realized how selfish I was. I learned to love God and love other people, which I later realized are God’s greatest commandments. I developed many relationships with fellow classmates and families at camp. Many of those relationships are still active and growing in my life today. Throughout that year, my faith grew to a level I never thought was possible. For that, I am forever grateful.

After NBI, I decided to attend the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry. Another piece of NBI I will never forget is meeting my wife, Elise. God placing her in my life when He did has been one of His greatest blessings to me. We now have a one-year old son, Braxton, and we currently live in Antigo, WI, where I am self-employed as a certified forester. My year at NBI is one that I will never forget, and I can honestly say that it has been one of my favorite years of life thus far.