Alumni Spotlight: Catching up with Charter Class Member, Major Darlene Burt (BA/86)

It was 1982. Darlene Burt had grown up attending her local Salvation Army Corps and just graduated from high school. “I heard through my local Corps about the new Bible College that was opening in Winnipeg.  I was one of four Salvationist students from Corner Brook, NL who helped make up that first class.”

Graduation, 1986

The inaugural class of Catherine Booth Bible College was made up of 28 students. From those first days, the Bible College grew and flourished and today serves over 400 students as Booth University College.

When asked about her experience in those early days, Darlene shared that “it was a jumping-off point for where I would go in the future. It opened my mind to a lot of things about Christianity, ministry, and the Bible.”

For Darlene, it was more than just work and study. She developed lifelong friendships. Growing up in a smaller community meant her journey and time in Winnipeg expanded her worldview. It was the people, professors, staff, and new friends that added to the impact that Booth UC had on Darlene. “I’m still in contact with many people I went to Bible College with. I was just recently on Facebook sharing recipes with some of them!” 

After graduating with a BA in Advanced Christian Ministries, Darlene went on to become Youth Director at a Salvation Army Corps in Windsor, ON. After three years she returned to Corner Brook, still thinking about her experience as a student. “I was teaching music, but knew there was more for me in ministry.” It was then that God called her to serve as an officer and in 1997 Darlene attended the College for Officer Training. The higher education she started at William and Catherine Booth Bible College continued with Darlene completing her Master of Theological Studies.

When asked how her education impacts her work in the communities she serves she said, “My education at Booth UC broadened who I am, expanding my imagination and creativity. It opened my heart and mind to opportunities in ministry that shaped my future.”

Darlene is presently the Corps Officer at Lewisporte Corps in Newfoundland and Labrador.


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