Explore Preview Day

May 26, 2018

We are so excited to invite you to our Explore Preview Day on May 26, 2018, held at Frontier Lodge in Nordegg, AB! This is a great opportunity to come and see what a day would be like for you as an Explore or Outdoor Leadership student here at Prairie College. You will have the opportunity to not only see Frontier Lodge but also to partake in some outdoor activities!

Your family and friends are welcome to accompany you on this preview day! We will provide a free shuttle from Prairie College Campus and back, as well as a packed lunch. The shuttle will depart at 8 am sharp on Saturday, May 26th and arrive back on campus at 10 pm. You are more than welcome to spend the night of the 26th at Prairie campus, or, if you prefer, you can leave that evening once we get back to campus.

If you do not want to take the Shuttle you are more than welcome to meet us at the Coral Creek Trailhead along highway 11 in the David Thompson Corridor at 12 pm on Saturday. We will send you more detailed directions when you register for the event.


8 AM | Leave Prairie Campus
10 AM | Short bathroom stop in Rocky Mountain House
12 PM | Meet at Coral Creek Trailhead and walk out to Tyrolean site
12-4 PM | Tyrolean Traverse, visit with Frontier and Explore staff
4 PM | Return to Trailhead and drive to Frontier Lodge
4-6 PM | Tour of Frontier Lodge, Q&A Time
6-7 PM | Supper at Frontier
7 PM | Leave Frontier for Prairie campus
10 PM | Arrive at Prairie campus

Show & Shine

September 1, 2018

Here at Prairie College we are committed to training the next generation of Christian leaders and are continually striving to improve and modernize our campus. Several classrooms have recently been updated and now we would like to do the same below ground by upgrading the water lines, power systems and the tops of the steam tunnels that lie just beneath our campus sidewalks.  

To help make this possible, on September 1st Prairie will be hosting our 2nd annual classic car and bike Show & Shine. There will be bands playing throughout the day and a BBQ going to keep you fed. Please bring your cars and bikes to join us or come out and see them! 

Car & Bike Participant Fee:
$10 per vehicle

To find out more information or to donate please contact:

David Crossley 
403-392-9104 |
James Fraser
403-443-5511 ext. 3733 |


Flight Camp

July 3-6, 2018

Summer aviation camp for youth, ages 14 – 18!

The summer flight camp offered to youth is a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the aviation world before committing to it as a career. If you come, you will learn some of the basics of flying, understand what’s involved in getting professional licenses and hear about some of the opportunities that currently exist for pilots.

Find out if a career in mission aviation, commercial aviation, or aircraft maintenance is for you!

See Flight Camp Details


Graduation 2018

We look forward to welcoming friends and family to Prairie to celebrate the graduates of 2018! 

If you are not redirected automatically soon, please follow this link to the Graduation page.

Focus on the Family’s Kerith Creek Partnership

April 26, 2018

Focus on the Family’s Kerith Creek Partnership
Prairie’s Pastoral Program is proud to announce a one of a kind partnership with Focus on the Family - Kerith Creek Retreats. Prairie is the only school in North America to have senior pastoral students preparing for ministry engage in a week long Proactive Ministry Retreat (PMR) at a Kerith Creek Retreat.

What is PMR?
During the final year of study, our students and spouses (if married) will enjoy a one of a kind Proactive Ministry Retreat at one of the Kerith Creek Retreat centres across Canada. The PMR is designed to equip students to engage in early ministry assessments and proactive counselling to help them flourish in healthy relationships and ministry before they run into trouble.

What is the Cost of PMR?
Focus on the Family generously covers over half the cost of the PMR for students, while we expect student costs to run between $1050 and $1500. This cost can be offset with home congregational support or a gift from family or friends. There might be a sponsor out there who will underwrite our student costs. If friends or Alumni would like to help offset the costs of these retreats for our students please let Prairie know. Kelly Steffen (Program Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry) says, “Prairie is so excited to have the opportunity to partner with Focus on the Family and Kerith Creek. Focus on the Family and Kerith Creek have done such marvelous work in bringing health to leaders in the field, now they are proactively equipping the next generation leaders from Prairie. We want to continue to think outside the box, to develop a program that is world class.”

Partnership with Kerith Creek is a good next step.


Preview Day Coming Soon!

April 14, 2018 

Prairie Preview Days
Prairie Preview Days are one-day events that include information sessions, campus tours, a demo Bible class, a chance to meet with admissions staff, faculty, and coaching staff and enjoy a meal in the Dining Hall.

Even better, Preview Days are free! We will even help with transportation by picking you up at the Calgary International Airport or the Calgary bus station.

For guests who are flying in to visit us for a Preview day, we will reimburse up to $300 of your flight cost as a credit towards your tuition should you enroll.

Register Now!

2nd Annual Pilots Athletics Alumni Tournament

March 24, 2018

Prairie College is excited to announce that the 2nd Annual Prairie Pilots Athletics Alumni Tournament will be happening on March 24, 2018! Last year we had over 40 former Pilots athletes competing, some of them in multiple sports and we are hoping to increase this number for this year's event! Sign up with athletes from your previous teams and see if your era has what it takes to claim the “Greatest Team” title.

When: March 24, 2018
What: Volleyball, Basketball, Futsal Alumni Tournament
Where: Prairie College – Rick Down Athletic Centre (R.D.A.C.)
Who: Men’s & Women’s Athletic Alumni
Why: Re-engaging former students with what is currently happening with the Prairie Pilots and
enjoying the competition of sport


Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams from each sport.

Individual fee: $30. Fee includes: T-shirt, brunch on Saturday morning & a minimum of 3 games. Contact Clinton Nigh ( to sign up as a team and receive a discounted team price.

This is not a fundraising event but is meant to re-engage alumni with what is currently happening with the Prairie Pilots.

If you have any questions you can contact Clinton Nigh (


GCC 2018

March 14-15, 2018

This Jesus... Unstoppable

Prairie's Annual Missions conference is one of the highlights of our year! All conference events are free to students, staff, and community.

Lawrence Tong
Lawrence's spiritual journey began with a commitment to Jesus Christ at an evangelistic meeting in Singapore in 1973. He visited one of the Operation Mobilization (OM) ships, Logos, when it sailed to Singapore in 1974 and a year later he joined OM. His leadership journey has included among other places, serving as OM country leader for Taiwan.  After the 2008 earthquake he and a team of local partners established a fast growing work in the Sichuan region with a significant focus on welfare and agricultural programs. Lawrence combines an infectious enthusiasm for both the mission of OM and the well-being of its members around the world. In 2013, he became the International Director of OM International. Lawrence and his American wife, Susan, have two adult sons, Josh and Benji, of whom they are extraordinarily proud. If you would like to learn more about him, please click here.

Schedule (Every event is in the Rick Down Athletic Center unless specified otherwise)
Wednesday, March 14
Session 1 - 10:00 AM | Lawrence Tong 
Session 2 - 7:00 PM | Lawrence Tong

Thursday, March 15
Session 3 - 9:30 AM | Prison Ministry and Stories of what God is doing in the Muslim World
Seminars - 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00 PM |  Various Locations
Seminar Schedule (click here to download)
Session 4 - 7:00PM | Lawrence Tong

Recordings of main sessions will be made available at

Rick Down Athletic Centre (RDAC)
403 6th Ave N, Three Hills, AB
[View Campus Map & Directions to Prairie]

Mission Organization Registration
We welcome mission organizations to join us for the two day conference. Please register to reserve a display space (we have limited room).
- Now Full

Information & Questions
Phone: 403.443.5511

Sanford Hanson Dining Room
A la carte with prices ranging from approx. $2.50-$14.00
Cash, debit or credit card payment accepted.
You are also welcome to bring a sack lunch and eat with the students.

Maxwell Centre Atrium Café
Bakery items (muffins, cinnamon rolls, assorted cookies)
Soup of the day
Beverages (Tazo teas, Seattle’s Best coffee, espresso, frozen drinks, etc)

There are a limited number of dorm rooms available. Please call 403.443.5511 ext. 3733 or email for availability. Accommodation alternatives in Three Hills include the following:

Bed & Breakfast
Heartland Haven - 403.443.1463

Best Western Diamond Inn - 403.443.7889
Super 8 - 403.443.8888

Rest Easy Motel - 403.443.2188
Lamplighter Inn - 403.443.5919

Missions Heritage
Birthed in our distinctive missions heritage, Prairie's annual missions conference focuses on the outward commitment of the Christian to answer the call of Christ. Our goals for the Conference are to challenge all members of the Prairie community:

  • To embrace the biblical message of the global mission of God through anointed preaching. God’s mission originates in His nature, finds initiative in His divine will, and is expressed in the mandate of Christ to “go and make disciples of all nations.” God has called, equipped, and empowered the Church to participate as His servant in the responsibility and privilege of His mission.
  • To expose the community to the current works of God in global mission. God is continuing in His mission today through the worldwide witness of congregations to the gospel of Jesus Christ in every culture.
  • To engage in all realms of personal responsibility and influence to join God in His mission. The faithful Christian servant is to participate in the mission of God through willing submission to God’s unique design and calling.

Read more about Prairie's history and commitment to world missions.

Brian Doerksen's New Album



Three Hills, AB (October 6, 2017): From the writer of such classic songs as Come, Now is the Time to Worship, Refiner’s Fire, Faithful One, and The River comes a brand new album entitled GRATEFUL. Brian Doerksen is known for his powerful lyrics combined with sing-able melodies and this long-awaited project will not disappoint.

With a release date of October 27, 2017, the first single has recently shipped to radio stations in North America. Based on words from the ancient prophet, Micah Six Eight provides a timely message for a world that is rapidly changing. With escalating tension between nations, natural disasters and increasingly violent extremism, the words “Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly” are needed more than ever. 

GRATEFUL comes after a seven-year hiatus during which Doerksen went through what he describes as a “long, hard winter.” His heart was broken as the church he had helped plant went through a time of conflict, scattering hundreds. “I lost my words and struggled with depression and hopelessness,” he says. “In the middle of the darkness and disorientation I was sure I would never write original songs again. Thankfully, I was wrong. Five years later the first song (Scars On His Hands) marked the beginning of the spring thaw. Over the past two years, the songs have returned, expressing gratitude that only comes after a journey through darkness. The new songs sound like me, but a new version of me—one that has gone through a tough season and found hope again.”

The new project explores themes of gratitude, love and the suffering and resurrection of Jesus and varies in its production from lush, orchestrated songs to sparse, intimate moments.

Established in 1922, Prairie College is an interdenominational community that seeks to equip and mentor individuals through biblically integrated education for life and careers that will meet the greatest needs of the world for the glory of God. Prairie’s president Mark Maxwell commented on Doerksen’s new project: “Music has always played an integral part in the life of the college since its very early days and in establishing the Music & Worship Arts program, we sought the help and support of veteran singer, songwriter and worship leader Brian Doerksen. We are thrilled that Brian is recording again and look forward to this album getting out there and heard by people all over the world.”

Regarding his involvement with Prairie College, Doerksen says, “I’m thrilled to be personally giving leadership to the new Music & Worship Arts program at Prairie. Our heart beat is creativity and culture-making in our musical mother tongue. We are exploring how the singer-songwriter serves the community and how those with a calling to music ministry and worship leadership serve the church. Those who show promise either as a songwriting worship leader or a singer-songwriter will record an EP of original songs as their graduation project.” 

Official Press Release

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Deeper 2018

February 9-11, 2018

Deeper is for youth in grades 9-12. It includes great music and worship, powerful messages and challenging workshops that encourage teens to go DEEPER in their commitment to know Christ and make Him known.

We have awesome speakers and workshops that will challenge, encourage and inspire you to grow further in your walk with God. To learn more about the workshops, please see their descriptions below.

Great Sessions. Great Worship. Great Experience. 

Invest in the future of your teen. 

Individual Registration                     Group Registration

Individual or Group - EARLY BIRD Registration before January 19, 2018 | $99.00 per person
Individual or Group - Regular Registration after January 19, 2018 | $115.00 per person
Groups of 10 or More Registration  | $90.00 per person

Main Speaker

To say Joel is energetic is an understatement. He lives life to the fullest & shows the love of Christ to teens in Kelowna and beyond. He started a houseboat /camp ministry and designed and developed RUSH - a teen conference that draws in 1000’s of teens from all over B.C. He has done some of the craziest things to draw teens to Christ.


Friday, February 9
6:00-7:00PM | Registration
7:30-8:45PM | Let's Get This Party Started!
8:45-10:30PM | Opening Worship and Challenge #1
10:30PM | Snack
12:00AM | Lights Out

Saturday, February 10 
9:00-10:00AM | Morning Workshop
10:00-11:00AM | Brunch / Break
11:00-12:00PM | Workshop Continued
12:15-1:30PM | Worship and Challenge #2
1:30-2:00PM | Crowd Breaker Games
2:00-3:00PM | Snack and Meet the Professors
3:00-4:00PM | Afternoon Workshop
4:00-4:15PM | Break
4:15-5:15PM | Workshop Continued
5:15-6:15PM | Supper
7:00-8:30PM | Worship and Challenge #3
8:30-9:00PM | Snack
9:00-10:30PM | Concert
12:00 AM | Lights Out

Sunday, February 11
9:30-10:30AM | Brunch
10:30-12:30PM | Closing Worship and Challenge #4
Send off by Prairie Students


Morning Workshops
1 - Apologetics: Defending your Faith
In these two hours you will learn how to defend your faith and deepen your understanding on what the Scripture says about your faith.

2 - Getting the Most Out of Your Devotional Life
Attend this session and you will discover ways you can do your devotions creatively and passionately with consistency. 

3 - Music and Your Heart
If you love music and have a heart for leading worship, this session will help you. 

4 - Pornography and How it Affects your Friends  
This workshop will help you understand the effects of pornography and equip you to help a friend who struggles with its grip on them. 

5 -The Big Story: Part 1 & 2
Let us help you get a complete picture of the whole Bible. Through this 4 part series you will see what God has been up to throughout the Scriptures - Old Testament and New Testament.

Afternoon Workshops
1 - The Big Story: Part 3 & 4
It is best if you take all 4 workshops – Part 1, 2, 3, & 4 – of the Big Story. It will give you great insight into how the Bible is woven together.

2 - Loving God with All of Who you Are
Wonder why you have trouble connecting your heart with God. Come learn and discover how uniquely God has created you. 

3 - Discerning God's Will: What the heck am I supposed to do?
This session will help you understand how God can lead and guide you through life. 

4 - Sharing your Faith with your Friends
Wonder why it’s so hard to tell a friend about God.  Let us help you prepare for those conversations and moments when God opens the door for you to share with a friend. 

5 -My Brain: What is going on inside my head?
Sometimes we are so confused by our emotions and reactions to situations we find ourselves asking or thinking, “I am the only one that feels these things.”  No… You are actually pretty normal. Come and discover what is actually happening in your brain. 

Global Social Justice Conference

January 19-20, 2018

The disciples' rebuke of people who brought their children to Jesus prompted Christ's reply, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." His concern reached out to the powerless, the vulnerable, and the voiceless. 

The main purpose of the Global Social Justice Conference is to educate and inspire participants to respond to the biblical mandate of justice toward those to whom Christ was referring. Attending the conference will increase your awareness of critical issues faced by people in Canada and around the world and illustrate ways the local church can effectively respond to needs


Friday, January 19 
6:30PM – 8:00PM Session 1
           Jamie McIntosh | World Vision Canada
8:30PM – 10:00PM Concert ~ Brian Doerksen 

Saturday, January 20 
9:00AM – 10:30AM Session 2
          Leanne Ferris | Medical Ministry International
10:30AM – 11:00AM Break
11:00AM – 12:15PM Session 3
          Bruce Piercey | Samaritan’s Purse Canada
12:15PM – 1:30PM Lunch
1:30PM – 3:00PM Session 4
          Carissa Youssef | Food for the Hungry Canada
3:00PM – 3:30PM Break 
3:30PM – 5:00PM Session 5
          Ed Wilson | International Justice Mission Canada
*Schedule subject to change


World Vision | Jamie McIntosh
Rev. Jamie McIntosh serves as World Vision Canada’s Vice President of Programs & Policy, overseeing the organization’s humanitarian, development and advocacy work around the world. 

Prior to Joining World Vision, Jamie served as the founder and Executive Director of International Justice Mission Canada, a Christian human rights organization dedicated to protecting the global poor from violence. He previously worked with Compassion Canada as an advocate for children at risk, and earlier as a pastor in two San Francisco Bay Area churches. Jamie is an ordained minister who holds a Masters degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford Jamie has served on boards and advisory councils in Africa, Asia and Latin America with an emphasis on justice, development, and financial inclusion for the most vulnerable. His human rights work and humanitarian service have earned recognition including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal presented by the Prime Minister of Canada, the International Freedom Award, and most recently this fall, the Frank J. Lindquist Alumni of the Year non-profit service award from North Central University.

Jamie lives in Cambridge, Ontario with his wife Elizabeth and their two children. 

Medical Ministry International | Leanne Ferris
Leanne Ferris is the Executive Director of Medical Ministry International, a registered charity providing spiritual and compassionate healthcare in developing countries. Leanne has a heart to serve the world’s poorest individuals. Her passion for providing healing to an often-forgotten world in need has spanned across the globe for more than 25 years.  Leanne completed the Master of Business Administration program at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2008, specializing in International Business. Leanne also holds an Honours Bachelor of Science, with a double major in Human Biology and Christianity and Culture from the University of Toronto and a Certificate in Biblical Studies from Capernwray College in Carnforth, England. 

Leanne lives with her husband, Chris W. Ferris, and their two young daughters on their 33-acre hobby farm in Arthur, Ontario.

Samaritan’s Purse | Bruce Piercey
Bruce Piercey serves as the Regional Director for Samaritan’s Purse Canada: Europe, Middle East and Asia 

In 1992 Bruce left a career in law to follow God’s calling to become a bi-vocational missionary in China for 4 years. Beginning in 1997 he worked in a business-as- missioncontext with C.A.M.A. Services in S.E. Asia, residing in Laos for 5 years. While in Laos Bruce was lay pastor of an International Church for 4 years. Since 2005 he has managed emergency response and community development projects across the Eurasian continent for Samaritan’s Purse Canada. God has used these cross cultural experiencesto transform Bruce’s perspective on missions, economic development and social justice.

International Justice Mission | Ed Wilson
Ed Wilson serves as the Executive Director of International Justice Mission, the Canadian partner in the largest anti-slavery organization in the world. 

For many years, Ed pursued his dream of a community of activists committed to societal transformation through the churches that he led in Southern Ontario. Ed served as lead pastor and associate pastor of several churches in the Kitchener-Waterloo area for 18 years and as an area regional pastoral care co-ordinator for 3 years. 

Immediately prior to joining IJM Canada, he served as a founding board member and first Executive Director of Heartwood Place in Kitchener, Ontario, a non-profit organization providing safe, affordable and adequate housing to individuals and families in need. 

Since 2002, Ed’s leisure time has been characterized by a commitment to a weekly long, slow run, which has allowed ample time for meditation and reflection. His running partner—and partner in all the joys and sorrows of life—is Judy. Together, they are proud parents and grandparents of three married children and three grandsons.

Food for the Hungry | Carissa Youssef

Carissa Youssef serves as the Director of Philanthropy & Public Engagement for Food for the Hungry Canada

Carissa is driven by a desire to be a part of God’s Kingdom work in transforming ordinary things into holy things and by seeing people “thrive” in the fullness of life through Christ. After graduating from Trinity Western University (TWU) with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications, she spent a year interning with and speaking on behalf of TWU’s President’s Office. 

Three years of management and leadership experience at Starbucks Coffee Company provided the business knowledge Carissa desired as a complement to her communications degree. Feeling the pull back to the non-profit world, Carissa returned to her love of communications and public relations at an international mission agency in Abbotsford, BC. 

After discovering Food for the Hungry Canada and learning of their mandate to restore dignity and end poverty among the world’s most vulnerable, Carissa eagerly joined the FH Canada team in 2008. She has held various roles during her time with FH ranging from Director of Communications to managing Donors Services. Now serving as Director of Philanthropy and Public Engagement, Carissa is thrilled to focus on connecting Canadians who aspire to invest into Kingdom work with FH’s vital mission of eradicating poverty – one community at a time. 



To register, please click here.

Display Registration

We welcome local and global organizations to setup displays for the two day conference.  Join us in sharing ways we can all be involved in reaching the powerless, the vulnerable, and the voiceless.  Please register soon as we have limited space.  

Display Registration

Location: CrossRoads Church, Red Deer, AB


Camp Days 2018

January 11-12,  2018

Once again, we're excited about this year's Camp Days at Prairie!

These two jam-packed days are designed to help you connect with our students about summer opportunities. Prairie has students in a variety of unique programs that could enhance your camp ministry, including: Bachelor of Arts in Ministry - Camp Ministry, Explore Certificate in Wilderness & Leadership (1-year), Bachelor of Arts in Ministry - Outdoor Leadership (4-year), Practical Nursing (camp nurses), Digital Media (A/V technicians), Bachelor of Arts in Ministry - Pastoral (speakers), Diploma in Music & Worship Arts (worship leaders), and Diploma in Sports Ministry & Management.

Let's continue to reach kids with the love of Christ through adventure and fun!

Please consider joining us for Camp Days 2018! For more information, please contact us at or call 1-800-661-2425.

Registration Fees:

The Camp Rep fee includes a display table for your camp, lunch and dinner on Thursday, and lunch on Friday. Additional costs you may select will be nights of accommodation in our dorms.


Schedule: [click here]

Campus Map & Directions to Prairie: [click here]

Alternative Accomodations
Bed & Breakfast
Heartland Haven - 403.443.1463

Best Western - 403.443.7889
Super 8 - 403.443.8888

Rest Easy Motel - 403.443.2188
Lamplighter Inn - 403.443.5919

Consider Lecture - Dr. Yuan

November 9-10, 2017 (Recording now available)

Come hear a powerful testimony from Dr. Christopher Yuan as he articulates a biblical view of sexuality through the narrative of his personal transformation from an agnostic gay man to a Bible professor. Not only does God turn his unbelief into belief, but God also freed him from the bondage of drugs and promiscuity. This inspirational story of redemption and grace transcends the topic of sexual identity touching on issues such as drug addiction, promiscuity, incarceration and HIV.

Dr. Yuan's message of redemption is one that points to our Heavenly Father who is calling all of us prodigals to run to Him. Christopher casts a compelling vision of not embracing our sexuality, but embracing Christ, thus shattering the paradigms of gay and straight and pointing us toward the biblical standard of holy sexuality.

Thursday, November 9, 2017
10:00am-11:00am | Holy Sexuality (Testimony) - North Auditorium
7:00pm-8:15pm | Texts & Hermeneutics - North Auditorium

Friday, November 10, 2017
10:00am-11:00am | LGB Issues & the Christian Campus - North Auditorium

All three sessions are now posted on our Soundcloud page which can be found here:

Dr. Christopher Yuan has taught the Bible at Moody Bible Institute for over eight years and his speaking ministry on faith and sexuality has reached five continents. He speaks in conferences (such as The Gospel Coalition, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, InterVarsity’s Urbana and the Moody Pastors’ Conferences and Men’s Conference), on college campuses and in churches (such as Saddleback Church and Willow Creek Community Church). He has co-authored with his mother their memoir (now in seven languages), Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God, A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope, and he is also the author of Giving a Voice to the Voiceless. Christopher graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2005, Wheaton College Graduate School in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and received his doctorate of ministry in 2014 from Bethel Seminary.

Consider Lecture - Dr. Houston

November 7, 2017

Join us as we welcome Dr. James Houston:
Community Chapel at 10AM | North Auditorium | "SPEAK, LORD, FOR YOUR SERVANT HEARS"


Dr. James Houston is a founding father of Regent College. "He is a prolific author, editor, and Christian scholar, and is respected worldwide as a leader in educating and equipping laypersons. His major areas of interest include the Christian classics, historical theology, and the traditions of Christian spirituality."

Solitary Refinement

November 15, 2017 | North Auditorium