Distinguished Alumni

Distinguished Alumni 2017

Dr. George Durance – Lifelong Christian Ministry
George Durance graduated from Prairie Bible College in 1973 and continued on to earn degrees in biblical studies, history and education. His PhD is from the University of Durham, UK. George taught high school social studies in Calgary, Alberta, before moving to Germany to teach at Black Forest Academy, a boarding school serving international Christian workers. As principal and later, director, he led BFA through a major expansion of their facilities. 

Durance returned to Canada in 1997 to become the president of Ambrose University College. During his twelve-year tenure, he not only helped reposition the school as a liberal arts university, but also relocated it to another province and built a new campus. His distinguished service earned George the honorary title of Ambrose President Emeritus. Toccoa Falls College in Georgia presented him with the Distinguished Contribution to Higher Education award, and he was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 in recognition of his leadership and contributions to the educational community.

Dr. Durance is currently the president of TeachBeyond, an international organization providing transformational education to children and adults. He has helped cast a new vision and seen the work grow significantly. A former member of Prairie’s Board of Directors, George is married to Beverley and they have three married children and ten grandchildren.

Dr. Lorne Rabuka – Integration of Christian Faith and Professional Achievement
Dr. Lorne Rabuka graduated from Prairie in 1965 and trained as a doctor at the Medical College of the University of Saskatchewan. After a 7-year courtship, he married his wife Doris and they share three children and three grandchildren. Lorne has practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, for his entire career and had the privilege of delivering over 4,500 babies.

He was also physician to the Northern Canada Evangelical Mission for 20 years and served on their Board of Directors, and has participated with his wife at numerous summer camps throughout the province as speaker and physician. Lorne preaches regularly at his own church, Prince Albert Alliance, where he has taught Sunday school for many years and been the music and choir leader and played organ and piano. He has held membership in the Gideons since 1974, served on Prairie’s Board of Directors under several presidents, and was on the board of the Nipawin Bible School for one term.

As a member of the Board of the Saskatchewan Medical Association, Dr. Rabuka served on sub-committees that advocated with the government on behalf of doctors and their patients and presented issues such as ethics, obstetrics, emergency medicine and gun control to the Canadian Medical Association in Ottawa. Throughout his career, Lorne has learned that obedience is more important than success, that loving God is more enjoyable than serving self, and that all things do work together in God’s kingdom.

Graham Watt – Early Career Excellence
It was during his student days at the University of Alberta that Graham first heard a clear presentation of the gospel. It changed his life and birthed a passion to engage university students with the life-transforming message of Jesus. Graduating from Prairie College in 1998, he joined the staff of Power to Change, (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) and has invested his life in helping students discover the living Christ, including fifteen years in pioneering ministries in southern Ontario and several years in Asia.

He is now part of the National Leadership Team of P2C, serving as National Creative Communications Director. Graham ministers to college students all over Canada and in many other countries around the world and has led numerous mission trips. 

Using the latest technology to impact today’s students, Graham has helped develop innovative ways to spread the message of Jesus, creating a tool for Christians to share their own personal stories online. He also oversees the websites and social media of P2C, develops small group resources and works to create marketing for the organization. Graham is a leader in running conferences in Canada to help students become equipped for a lifetime of ministry.

He earned his Master’s in Theological Studies from Heritage Theological Seminary and is working to complete a Doctorate in Leadership at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto. His research project has been investigating what helps and hinders a Christian student in sharing the gospel with others. Graham is married to Jennifer and they live with their three children in Guelph, Ontario.

Distinguished Alumni Nomination Criteria

Prairie College wishes to honour and recognize three alumni who personify Prairie's values and have translated their educational experience into distinguished achievement in Christian ministry or the professional world.

One alumnus will be recognized in each of the following areas:

  1. Lifelong Christian Ministry
  2. Integration of Christian Faith and Professional Achievement
  3. Early Career Excellence - an individual who is 40 years of age or younger

Nominees Must:

  1. Be a graduate of one of Prairie's schools.
  2. Have made a significant contribution to the cause of Christ through Christian ministry or in their chosen career.
  3. Bear witness to Christ through a sincere walk with the Lord and exemplary Christian character.
  4. Be nominated by their peers.

Nomination Instructions

If you know someone who fits our criteria, please send your nomination to alumni@prairie.edu or mail it to PO Box 4000, Three Hills, AB  T0M 2N0, by May 15, 2017 with the following information:

  1. Nominee's name, address, and phone/email.
  2. Details as to why they should be considered for this award.
  3. Your name and contact details.