Spartan Athletics Spurred Alumna on to Professional Cycling Success

In 2016, Alison Jackson ('15) was named to Canada’s Rio Team as an alternate rider, a major step for an aspiring athlete in only her second year of professional riding. In 2017, Jackson represented Italian team Be Pink and rode in more Women’s Tour races than any woman in the world. But none of this would be possible if not for the influence of the Trinity Western University Spartan Athletics coaching team who encouraged her to pursue excellence.

How One Alumnus is Truly Living the Dream

In many ways, Iain Cook (’07) was ‘living the dream’. After graduating Trinity Western with a degree in Communications, Cook eventually decided to pursue his music passion and move to Los Angeles, where he hoped to produce music for movies and television. It was going well, and he started to advance in his career. But things took a sharp turn the day he received an unexpected Facebook message from a stranger.

The Secret Elopement—Grace for the Impulsive

Things were a lot different at the then-called Trinity Junior College campus in 1971. Back then, it was common for Christian institutions to enforce strict guidelines when it came to interactions between men and women. Trinity Junior College was no different. But it was there that Kathleen and Bob Snyder found love and chose to pursue what they knew God had given them.

Hark, a Baby — A Story of Adoption

Miscarriage after miscarriage left Kasey (McHenry, ’08) and Jon Harkness (’08) devastated and wondering what was wrong. It was a confusing season, but all through the pain, they were determined not to let this get in the way of their marriage. After their sixth miscarriage, and years of getting tests done that ultimately gave no answers, they decided to look into adoption.

A Dream of Nursing, a Life of Care

The Hildebrands were overjoyed at the news of Arleen's pregnancy. But, at the first ultrasound, they would discover something tragic. Their baby, Caleb, had hypoplastic left heart syndrome—meaning he would be born with only half a heart. “It was devastating,” says Hildebrand. “We knew our baby could survive at least until birth, but after that, there’s three surgeries he needed to go through to be able to function at all.” It was a scary time of uncertainty.

You Never Know Where You’ll Go

Michael Sprenger (‘87) was a big part of the Trinity Western community for nine years. He was a student, Freshmen President, Student Body President, Captain of the basketball team, and Assistant Coach to Tim Teer. After he married Carol Beth, his high-school sweetheart, they stayed on campus for the first five years of their marriage where he served as a Resident Director.

Both of them loved the community and atmosphere on campus, and learned many valuable lessons for their future. But this time couldn’t last forever. Eventually, they felt God calling them to overseas missions in Mongolia.

Choosing Life Over Limb

On August 29th, 2017, Gary Crick went for a hip replacement. It was supposed to be a simple, routine procedure. But what the doctor’s found that day would forever change the course of his life. The surgeon had discovered a tumor. Later that day, they learned it was cancer. To save his life, he'd need to lose a leg.