Interview with Cordell Schreiner
By: Donelda Urquhart
1. Where did you grow up? Tell us a little
about your childhood, family and time leading up to
your NABC days.
I was born in Fernie, BC, but our family moved to Calgary
when I was one year old. We moved to an acreage just
outside Calgary when I was ten, which made for some
good times riding dirt bikes and shooting gophers! I
went to Heritage Christian School from Gr. 3 until Gr.
12 and played hockey for most of my childhood. My dad
runs an oil and gas business and my mom works in a medical
office. I have 2 awesome sisters … Nadine’s
married and is a teacher in Kelowna. Rhonda is taking
nursing at Trinity Western.
2. When and how did you come to know the Lord?
I grew up in a Christian family and prayed the prayer
at home with my parents when I was 5 or 6 years old.
I later re-dedicated my life when I was 11 at Christian
Athletes Hockey Camp here in Calgary.
3. What drew you to NABC?
I chose NABC because a lot of people from my home church
had gone there and I’d heard good things about
it. I was at NABC in 1993 for one year and completed
a CBS (Certificate of Biblical Studies).
What did you love about NABC?
Meeting lots of cool people and just having fun!
What drove you crazy about it?
4. What were the most valuable things that
you took from NABC?
5. After NABC, what was your next life step?
I completed my Bachelor of Commerce degree at UofC
and then went traveling with some friends to the middle-east
and Africa. While I was there, I had the opportunity
to work at an orphanage in Uganda with Samaritan’s
Purse. After that, I went to Cambodia for 6 months to
help start up the Samaritan’s Purse water filter
program there. I came back to Calgary and worked in
the acquisitions department at Boardwalk Equities for
3 ½ years. I switched directions this summer
and am now doing real estate appraising here in Calgary.
6. How did you become passionate about Development/Different
I got my first taste of being in a different culture
on a mission trip with Royal Servants in Europe for
2 months when I was 21. It was a rewarding and stretching
experience that I’m really thankful for.
Working at the orphanage in Uganda really made me realize
how good we have it here in Canada. The kids there were
so giving and just loved God so much! In a lot of ways,
I feel like I learned more from them than they did from
7. What is God teaching you right now? How is(/has)
He showing(n) Himself to be Faithful in your life?
He is teaching me to be still and trust Him. It’s
easy to try to plan out my life and figure things out
for myself, but I’m realizing how powerless I
really am without Him. I’ve been through some
tough times in the last 8 years, but God has been a
good and faithful friend through it all.
8. What advice do you have for young Taylorites?
Don’t become complacent. Take risks. Do some
traveling. When I look back on my years since NABC,
my most rewarding and memorable moments were when I
pushed myself out of my comfort zone.
9. If you could say something to Taylor alumni,
what would you say?
Even though I’ve lost touch with a lot of you,
I really enjoyed my year with you and hope you’re
all doing well!
10. Do you have a vision for the future? Do
you see yourself “staying put” for a little
Yes, I guess I see myself staying put for now. I like
Calgary, have good friends here, and am enjoying my
recent career change. I’ve been doing some acting
with my church and a small Christian theatre company
in Calgary which has been a blast! Who knows though…God’s
surprised me in the past and I’m sure He will
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