Originally from Manitoba, Arnie and his family have called the Fraser Valley home since 1997. His current interests include playing bass guitar in his church worship band, as well as curling and playing soccer. His wife, Judy, recently retired from her role as VP Engagement at Wycliffe Canada. She previously served as VP Development with OneBook and before that with CanIL. They have two sons, both graduates of Trinity Western University. They have one grandson.
A graduate of Providence University College, Arnie went on to earn an M.A. from Providence Theological Seminary and an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University, with an emphasis in strategic planning practices in higher education.
Arnie Friesen has served as a senior academic administrator with more than 24 years of management and administration experience. From 1984-1994 he held various roles including Dean of Students and Director of Student Affairs at Providence University College and Seminary. He then went on to become National Director for Youth for Christ Canada. He also served as Assistant Director of the Association of Bible Higher Education. In 1997 he began his work at Trinity Western University as Director of Admissions/Enrolment for ACTS Seminaries (including Admissions for CanIL). From 2010 – 2017 Arnie was the Gift Planning Consultant at Abundance Canada (formerly Mennonite Foundation of Canada). Currently, Arnie is a part-time Donor Relations Associate at MCC BC.
Arnie currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mennonite Benevolent Society (Menno Place Seniors Campus). Previously, he served for two terms on Board of the International Student Ministries of Canada. During 2008 – 2009 he worked with CanIL to assist with the development of a marketing plan and to provide oversight to the Admission and Recruiting strategies.