Meet the Council

The current members of the Alumni Council look forward to serving with our new members from across Canada and the U.S.A.  Please pray for them as they represent the Alumni of your province. 


Al Peterson (B.A. 1989, M.Div. 1993)

Represents: Manitoba

I began my Providence experience by first attending Winnipeg Bible College. I got to know WBC students while I was getting my pilot's license at Harv's Air Service in Steinbach in the early 1980's. I had a cousin and my future brother attending seminary there. Later, Al Hiebert came to our church in Calgary with a music group. I remember Al talking and that he had an amazing ability to convey philosophy and truth. If that was the kind of teaching WBC had, I wanted in on it.

Just prior to graduation I, again, met Al Hiebert who asked me what I was planning to do. I had no solid plans so he suggested applying at a new college in the former Soviet Union. That was a big mystery at the time so it appealed to us. In 1993, Judi and I taught at Lithuania Christian College in Klaipeda, Lithuania on the Baltic Sea. We also adopted our oldest daughter, Anastasia, there.

When we completed our time there we came back to Kleefeld where we bought a house and have lived since. We adopted a second daughter, Charissa, when Ana was four.  I worked at various jobs in mechanics, welding and for a few years as an EA in the high school. For the last seven years, I have worked as a Realtor in Steinbach.

Even though I no longer work directly in my field of study, the time at Providence has been a huge asset. Critical thinking and formation of a world view are extremely valuable in any profession. Providence (and more specifically the people) built into my life so that's why I want to give something back.

Melissa Bert-Vidal (B.A. 2007)

Represents: Saskatchewan

I graduated from Providence University College in the spring of 2007 with my B.A., majoring in Business Administration (Buller Center for Business). After graduation I proceeded to work at the bookstore, and for the Buller Center for Business. I have since lived in Victoria, BC working in a variety of business environments and now reside in Saskatoon SK working as part of the Administration/Finance team for the Saskatoon Public Library.
Giving back to Providence is important to me because for five and a half years I called it 'home'. During that time I cultivated strong friendships, met my husband Ryan, reinforced my love of academia and the study of Business, and learned more about myself and my faith.

Dustin Burlet (M.Div. 2011)

Represents: Ontario

I graduated from Providence Theological Seminary in 2011 with an M.Div. in biblical languages and have just finished my fourth year of teaching at Peace River Bible Institute in Sexsmith AB, where I taught a variety of courses including Bible, Hermeneutics, and General Studies. My wife and I enjoy corralling the energy of two boys. Ezra was born in November of 2013 and Malachi in October of 2011. The near future will see my family and I in Hamilton Ontario, where I will be pursuing PhD studies at McMaster Divinity College under the tutelage of Dr. Gus Konkel among others. 

Providence has had no small influence on my life. Providence has shaped my thinking and empowered me to be able to more effectively lead others in how to read, interpret, and apply God's Word. Providence has enabled me to better know God through gaining a more firm grasp of Scripture and to be able to more effectively build into others the life changing principles of His Word. 

I am grateful for the education that I received at Providence and for the difference that it has made in my life. I give back to Providence because Providence has given so much to me. May others be blessed through the ministry of Providence as I have been blessed!

Richard Wadholm Jr. (M.Div. 2012)

Represents: U.S.A.

I am an Assistant Professor of Biblical & Theological Studies at Trinity Bible College and Graduate School in Ellendale, ND, where I live and minister with my wife, Jenn, and four children. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate (Biblical and Pentecostal Studies) at Bangor University, Wales, UK, and serve as Executive Editor of The Pentecostal Educator - The Journal of the World Alliance for Pentecostal Theological Education. I am an ordained minister in the Assemblies of God (USA) since 1999 and have pastored several congregations between ND and MN. I have preached and taught in numerous contexts across the upper Midwest of the USA and I serve on numerous ministry boards throughout the region. I have a tremendous love for Biblical studies, theology, discipleship and missions.

I give back to Providence because of the tremendous impact Providence faculty and students have made in my life and ministry. I have been molded for God's work in ways that would never have happened apart from my time spent as a member of the Providence community.

 Janet Regehr (M.A. 2013)

Represents: Calgary Extension Site 

I just graduated from the Calgary Extension program with my M.A. in Counselling. I am originally from Edmonton, and currently live in Cochrane, AB. I am married and have three children. My future plans are to set up a part time private practice this year and complete my M.A. CPsych degree, and then become a registered psychologist.

One of my passions has been to work in DR Congo for the past six years with our charity called ReGen ( to provide train-the-trainer counselling for Central to Western Congo, and to establish a Counselling Center there. I give back to Providence because I believe it has a unique experiential approach to counselling that far supersedes other institutes, as well as excellent professors of both academic and personal integrity.




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