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Congratulations Phil Guebert!! Phil started at LCBI in the fall of 1991. During his time with LCBI, he served as the senior science and math teacher, principal, and was instrumental in starting the Bison Football program that he is still involved with today. Thanks for everything Phil!

Samantha Ridgewell

LCBI Alumni (Class of 2014)
Professional Hockey Player Samantha Ridgewell

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From representing the cross and crown as a student at LCBI, to taking it with her to Merrimack College, Sweden and now the Toronto Six, Professional Hockey Player Samantha Ridgewell has always kept LCBI in the back of her mind and on the back of her helmet. We are proud of the Christian athlete and leader Sam is today!

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“I’m doing the best that I can by playing and giving young girls something to watch, Ridgewell said. Especially at a time like this when there’s not a lot going on, so it’s a great chance to promote the women’s game.”

Kayden Johnson

LCBI Alumni Graduate (Class of 2014)
Was drafted into the CFL on April 30th 2020. He was selected in the 7th round, 57th overall pick to the BC Lions!

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“If football and theatre seems like an odd combo, Johnson isn’t about to disagree. “I’m the only athlete at the university who’s in theatre,” he is quick to point out. “I’ve always enjoyed acting and I’d like to enjoy acting in theatre, film and television. The theatre program at York is highly renowned. I could take the path to film and television with acting.” Saskatoon StarPhoenix

York University

“Track and field athlete Kayden Johnson was named to Canada’s national bobsleigh program for the 2020-21 season.”

“Johnson who hails from Kerrobert, Saskatchewan also starred on the track and field team and in 2018 won OUA and U SPORTS gold in the 60m hurdles. The year prior, he competed in the heptathlon and won the OUA silver medal.”

Cassie Prentice

LCBI Alumni Graduate  (Class of 2019)
TEAM CANADA Racquet Ball
Cassie is coached by Loren Prentice of Saskatoon and Rob Barclay

Cassie center holding the flag

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Below find Cassie’s journey and accomplishments in Junior Worlds Racquet Ball attended by 13 countries.
Jr. Worlds 2015 9th place Dominican
14 and under
Jr. Worlds 2016 9th place Mexico
14 and under
Jr. Worlds 2017 5th place
In 16 and under singles
JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
2017 1st place 16 and under
1st place 18 and under doubles
Previous Junior nationals 5 golds, 5 silver, 2 bronze medals.
Cassie is currently ranked number #1 in junior Canadian team rankings.
SENIOR CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – 2017 9th place

Rebekah Hove

LCBI Alumni Graduate (Class of 2006)
Rebekah balances family, finance and Regina Riot’s Football. At an age when many football players are leaving the game, Rebekah Hove was just getting started. She was 30 when she debuted as a running back with the Regina Riots in 2019. 

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Hove loved the experience so much that, following the covid-induced cancellation of the 2020 Western Women’s Canadian Football League season, she is back for more. “I was just getting used to getting rid of the nerves,” Hove reflects. “Now, having a two-year hiatus, you’ve got to get those nerves back in check. “It’ll be an amazing experience again to be able to feel that rush — that competitive edge that we were feeling in 2019. “It will be great.” It already is, in fact. Hove is savoring every second of the Riot’s practice sessions, which lead up to the season opener against the Saskatoon Valkyries (July 10, 7:30 p.m., Leibel Field). Being a relative novice at tackle football, she seizes every opportunity to improve her skills and to interact with her teammates — who are more aptly described as friends.

I’m a firm believer that growth is outside your comfort zone — where you get to that point of doing something that you’ve never done,” Hove says. “You’re never too old to try something new. “The worst-case scenario is that if I had tried this out and it didn’t work, I would have been right back where I had started. To be able to push yourself in a scenario where you’ve never been, you learn so much about yourself. “To be a rookie in my 30s, that can be a humbling experience, because there are some 19- and 20-year-olds who have more football experience than I likely ever will. My career will just be that much shorter than theirs. It’s a growing experience and I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

Active participation in sports hardly represents a change for Hove, who had played touch football prior to joining the Riot. Most notably, she was an accomplished basketball player. She excelled in the high school ranks for the Lutheran Collegiate Institute Bisons in Outlook before accepting an athletic scholarship to attend Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, N.D. After playing at the junior college level in the United States, Hove returned to Canada and enrolled at the University of Regina. She did not play for the U of R Cougars women’s basketball team, opting to concentrate on the studies that culminated in the receipt of a business degree. Hove has parlayed that into a successful career as a financial planner with Investors Group.

She is also the proud mother of a son (10-year-old Kaleb) and a daughter (five-year-old Lia). “It was the winter of 2019 that I had set myself up in my career, my kids were getting a little older, and I just wasn’t done competing,” Hove recalls. “I wasn’t done with that competitive edge. Touch football is great, but it just doesn’t have that ‘oomph’ competitiveness. “A friend of mine who I had played touch football and basketball with had been nagging me for years that, ‘You’ve got to come try it.’ ” Eventually, she decided to give it a shot. “They said, ‘Just come out. Throw some pads on. See how it is. Try both sides of the ball,’ so I did,” Hove continues, “and the rest is history, I guess.”

“It’s funny,” the 5-foot-5, 130-pound Hove says. “Coming from a basketball perspective, I’m OK getting hit. It’s hitting (other people) that I’ve always had a problem doing. “Surprisingly, they threw me in at the running back position. It took me a little while to figure out that, ‘Hey, when someone hits you don’t actually have to fall. You can actually run through them. That’s allowed.’ “It’s too bad that the (2019) season was so quick, because I felt like by my third or fourth game that I was just starting to get the hang of, ‘Someone can hit me, but I can hit them back.’

“It’ll be interesting this year to pick up where we left off.”

Rob Vanstone – Regina Leader Post

Ryan Sorestad

Nashville based songwriter Ryan Sorestad (Alumni 1997) has seen his music take him from Saskatchewan all the way to Music City – Nashville, TN. Recently he was named to the “Ones to Watch” list at Nashville Songwriters Association International that recognizes new hit country songwriters.

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Nashville based songwriter Ryan Sorestad (Alumni 1997) has seen his music take him from Saskatchewan all the way to Music City – Nashville, TN. Upon moving to the USA, Sorestad started writing and touring with up-and-coming country star, Jenny Leigh (CW Network’s “The Next”). He has shared the stage with numerous country superstars such as Big and Rich, Randy Houser, Joe Nichols, Jana Kramer, Dierks Bentley, and more. Sorestad’s songs have made their way to both artists and Nashville based publishing companies. Recently he was named to the “Ones to Watch” list at Nashville Songwriters Association International that recognizes new hit country songwriters.

Sorestad grew up in the small farming community of Buchanan, Saskatchewan. He attributes his musical upbringing to his family and to having access to a piano and the Lutheran Book of Worship (“the green one”). From a young age, Sorestad’s parents gave him a diverse musical upbringing by having vinyl from various styles: classical, crooners, country, and everything in between. Sorestad attended LCBI starting in Grade 10, sang in the LCBI Concert Choir, and found a staff and student body who were more talented than he’d ever seen. For three years, he surrounded himself with friends who could sing, play every instrument, and encouraged him to grow both musically and spiritually.

It was in 1999 that Sorestad made his first move to the USA to tour with Youth Encounter in a band called “Captive Free.” During that year, Sorestad not only realized that music was going to take him places he’d only dream of, but he met his future wife (Kate (Carroll) Sorestad). After working as Dean of Men for LCBI (2000/01), he auditioned at the University of Saskatchewan and a short 5 years later graduated with two degrees (B. Mus and B. Ed). Sorestad quickly found a position with the Saskatoon Public Schools where he worked at Mount Royal Collegiate.

After a tough conversation inspired by a friend’s death, Ryan and Kate decided to pursue their dreams south of the border. Sorestad resigned his position with SPS and hasn’t looked back. His songs have already been recorded, and can be heard on Country Music Radio in the USA. He continues to write, play, and tour knowing that while the road he’s on will take him to new places with new stories, and new songs, that same road can always take him “home.”

 

Jason Hastie

Calgarian Jason Hastie (Alumni 1992) might arguably be one of the brightest country music stars on the Canadian music scene. Not only does Hastie have a history with country music that dates back more than a decade, he is also an entrepreneur, an author, and a certified accounting professional.

 

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Calgarian Jason Hastie (Alumni 1992) might arguably be one of the brightest country music stars on the Canadian music scene. Not only does Hastie have a history with country music that dates back more than a decade, he is also an entrepreneur, an author, and a certified accounting professional.

Jason Hastie grew up in Birsay, Saskatchewan; it was here in his hometown that Hastie had instilled his deep love of country music. Hastie says that Birsay was the stereotypical small farming town with community dances at which a band would perform. He admits seeing the group earn the admiration of those in the crowd, combined with the fact the band had their own bus (albeit a school bus they had painted black), helped him understand the power that music can have upon people.

Hastie started playing piano at four years of age. When Hastie was in junior high school, he picked up the trumpet while continuing to dabble in piano; in high school, Hastie sang with the LCBI choir. After graduating high school, Hastie toured the United States for one year with a band before moving on to university life, picking up the guitar while also earning his accounting designation. “Accounting was going to be my safety net, so to speak,” he says. “My parents are farmers and wanted me to go to university to have something to fall back on.”

In 2002, with the encouragement of friends who made a similar pilgrimage from Saskatchewan, Hastie found himself living in Calgary and working for a prestigious accounting firm. A short time later, Hastie started his own consulting firm and ultimately found himself with a significant amount of flexible time.

Hastie would release two solo singles to radio in 2005, forming the duo Six West a short time later. Six West went on to achieve respectable success in Canada, landing their song “I Will Wait” in the Top 40 in Canada. The video made it into regular rotation on Canada’s Country Music Television Channel.

With a six-song EP due for release in Canada on April 30th, 2013, things are really starting to ramp up for Hastie. His EP was recorded with acclaimed country producers David Kalmusky and Danick Dupelle (Emerson Drive) in Nashville, Tennesse, Tom McKillip in Vancouver, and Bart McKay in Saskatoon. CCMA-nominated Video Director Troy Niemans filmed the video for the first single from the EP, Til She Don’t, in both New York City and Alberta.

The second single to be released from Hastie’s EP, “Fallen Too Far” was written by Brad Mates and Danick Dupelle (Emerson Drive) and Tebey while “We Got It Going On” was penned by Charles Kelley from multi-platinum country act Lady Antebellum.

Jason shared his musical gift with the LCBI community at the LCBI Alumni Gala held in September of 2012. Visit Jason at his website http://jasonhastiemusic.com/ to learn where his next performances will be and to listen to his amazing music.

Matt Brotzel

Matt Brotzel (Alumni 2004), better known as RationaL, is an award-winning Saskatoon-based hip-hop artist. With sales of over 3,000 copies of his debut solo album The BirthWrite LP, RationaL’s music has received airplay on national television (Sportsnet, MLB) and commercial and college radio across the country.

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Matt Brotzel (Alumni 2004), better known as RationaL, is an award-winning Saskatoon-based hip-hop artist. With sales of over 3,000 copies of his debut solo album The BirthWrite LP, RationaL’s music has received airplay on national television (Sportsnet, MLB) and commercial and college radio across the country.

RationaL has been featured on the cover of multiple publications and has toured Canada extensively – as well as the US and Africa. RationaL has shared the stage with international names such as Machine Gun Kelly, Jadakiss, Swollen Members, Souls of Mischief, Thousand Foot Krutch.In addition, MLB, The Toronto Blue Jays, Rogers Sportsnet, LRG Clothing and West 49 have endorsed RationaL. RationaL has also been fortunate enough to receive the generous support of FACTOR, the SaskArts Board, and is the newest winner of Rawlco Radio’s 10K20 grant program.

RationaL’s critically-acclaimed single “A Swing and a Belt” garnered him both national and international acclaim and media attention, receiving high-praises from MLB.com, BlueJays.com, Sportsnet, BBC, Baseball Central, Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, Calgary Herald, Canadian Baseball Network, Sportsnet 590 The Fan, News Talk 650 CKOM, CBC, CTV, Global News, Bridges(Cover Story), Saskatoon Express (Cover Story), The Star Phoenix and many more.

You can visit Matt at his website www.spreadtherash.com and gain access to a free album download http://rational.bandcamp.com/album/free-rational-album-hard-labor-the-birthwrite-prequel

Brian Rude

Brian Rude (Alumni 1974) was commissioned as a missionary of the ELCIC on October 9, 1988, to serve the Fe y Esperanza orphanage of the Lutheran Church in El Salvador and as a liaison between Canadians and Salvadorans.

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Brian (Alumni 1974) was commissioned as a missionary of the ELCIC on October 9, 1988, to serve the Fe y Esperanza orphanage of the Lutheran Church in El Salvador and as a liaison between Canadians and Salvadorans.

In 1994, Brian shifted his focus to HIV/AIDS ministry and assisted the Roman Catholic Archdiocesan AIDS team, including their youth drama troupe Luz de Luna, in conducting AIDS prevention/awareness workshops in parishes, and, together with FUNDASIDA (AIDS Foundation), in prisons throughout the country. From 1999 – 2011, with funding from the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Canadian Lutheran World Relief and the ELCIC, he helped to develop Quetzalcoatl, a foundation that promotes human well-being, self-esteem and AIDS prevention among prison inmates in El Salvador. In this area of ministry he also provides pastoral support for AIDS patients and family members at Rosales national public hospital.

From 2001 to 2003, Brian served as Regional Coordinator (Americas and Caribbean) for the LWF International Youth Program, focusing on globalization and leadership. He also taught classes in the theology department of the Lutheran University of El Salvador.

Born in Grande Prairie, AB in 1956, Brian is the son of Rev Milton and Mrs Gladys Rude. A graduate of the Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute in Outlook, SK, he studied at Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute and Augustana University College in Camrose, AB, receiving his BA degree from the University of Alberta. In May of 1983, he graduated with a MDiv degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon. Following ordination he served St. John Lutheran Parish in Wapella, SK, and Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Calgary.

For the past 15 years, Brian’s prison ministry has focused on holistic–especially mental–health, especially with the gang members in El Salvador’s prison population (comprising about 1/3 of the total of 27,000 inmates), though also with non-gang members and prison personnel at all levels. Dynamic and interactive group seminars (15-40 participants) address psycho-social-spiritual themes such as dignity, self-esteem, gender construction, sexuality, preventative health, communication, addictions, awareness and expression of emotions, transformation of conflict, violence reduction, restorative justice, etc. Since the prison-based truce of 12 March, 2012, which has led to a broader peace process in El Salvador’s prisons and beyond, officially in a dozen municipalities, the national murder rate dropped immediately from 14 to 6 per day, and has held at that rate. Inmates are grateful for the new atmosphere of harmony and trust which they are enjoying in their prison spaces. This peace process depends on support and solidarity from all sectors of society, national and international, which is why Brian chose to stay in El Salvador and continue this ministry, though national church support was withdrawn in 2011/2012. The Synod of Alberta and the Territories has adopted the ministry, “In Mission with El Salvador” / “En Misión con El Salvador”, providing a channel for donations and solidarity.

Environmental issues, such as the effects of Canadian gold mining on water, air, land and community life, are also a part of this ministry of solidarity with El Salvador.

Brian’s home serves as a drop-in centre for folk from all phases of his 25-year life and ministry in El Salvador, a place of renewal and energizing for all.

Rev. Brian Rude was granted an Augustana University (Camrose campus) alumnus award in 1996, the Katharine Hockin Award in 2004 from the Canadian Churches’ Forum for Global Ministries in recognition of his contribution to global mission and ministry for the previous 15 years in El Salvador, and a Doctor of Divinity honoris causa degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon in 2009. In the spring of 2013 he finished coursework for a Doctor of Ministry degree through the Toronto School of Theology, U of T. His investigation and thesis focus on his ministry: “Faith Responses to Social Violence in El Salvador,” a fascinating topic which he is well-placed to pursue.

Considering himself a missionary to Canada, based in El Salvador, Brian maintains his vision of widening and deepening the faith response of Canadians to all of God’s creation, especially the marginalized.

Though life and the world look much different to Brian now than when he graduated from LCBI in 1974, he is grateful for the solid faith base, the broad community of friends and an even deeper appreciation for music with which LCBI enriched him–and his mother Gladys (nee Wig) before him, graduating in 1946 and which continue to undergird him in life and ministry.

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