Dedication held for Prairie President


A renown Christian statesman, a full auditorium, 30 visiting missionaries, and the dedication of Mark and Elaine Maxwell as Institute president highlighted Prairie's Global Awakening conference last weekend.
George Verwer, the mission statesman with millions of miles as Operation Mobilization's founder and retired director under his wing, wrote and rewrote the book on global missions over 55 years. And now, back in Three Hills for the conference, Verwer lost no time beating the drum of his passion—global missions.
But the 72-year-old world missions advocate came with two strong secondary messages: one for the Town of Three Hills, the other for the institute.
"Three Hills is a special community," he said, "because it is known around the world. I meet Three Hills people and Prairie grads everywhere. They make significant differences."
In his keynote address, Verwer pointed to the 88-year-old school's steadfast emphasis on scripture and global missions as part of why he is a self-described "raving fan" of Prairie.
"There are other things Prairie is committed to that make me think like that," he said. "Like an enduring legacy, a great emphasis on prayer, and a clear focus on spiritual balance."
For Friday's presidential dedication, Three Hills resident and Institute board member, George Foxall, speaking on behalf of Board Chair Bruce Miller, complimented Mark Maxwell and his team for revitalizing Prairie as a Bible-focused school.
With his wife, Elaine, at his side, President Maxwell stressed that Prairie was created to teach Bible, "so let's commit ourselves to doing it well!"
As an indication of the whole-team approach of the Maxwell administration, selected representatives from all Prairie components were invited to the platform: staff, board, students, faculty, alumni, and the Three Hills community.
"This dedication," said Maxwell, "is much, much more than Elaine and me. All of us must work together to appreciate and to use wisely what God has given us—this campus, our students, our friends, and the Town of Three Hills."