50 Years. 50 Grads. 100% Regent

50 Years•50 Grads
100% Regent

50 Years•50 Grads•100% Regent

1992 Doug Reichel

Wine Importer, Marketer, Educator Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada

On Campus 1988–1992 ∙ DIPCS ’91, MCS ’92

I’m “Christ’s own forever,” a husband, a father, and a friend. For the past fifteen years I’ve been engaged in entrepreneurship expressed in international wine marketing, wine importation, and wine-food education in the provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

How Regent made a difference:

Looking back at my time at Regent and what followed, I would say that my experience at Regent motivated a gradual transition away from personal and vocational posturing and fear, toward interior rest and delight and vocational integrity.

Why I support Regent today:

Gratitude! The most important thing I learned at Regent is that authentic Christian education is an education of the heart. As Jim Houston put it, “The things God wants to do in you are far more profound than what he wants to do through you.” I am grateful for what God has done in me through what I experienced at Regent.

Doug Reichel
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    Regent memories:

    In general, I remember enjoying the intellectual stretch of studying at Regent, and how the words and content of my classes intersected deeply with my experience. I still appreciate the engaging teaching and approachability of faculty like Dal Schindell, Jim Houston, John Toews, Linda Cannell, and Loren Wilkinson.

    In particular, I remember many life-altering encounters with Jim Houston. These took place in numerous settings—the classroom, the chapel, his office, his home.

    One early encounter proved especially stabilizing for my studies. I met up with Dr. Houston on the lawn after the first chapel of Fall semester. He asked how I was, and I told him I was a bit overwhelmed and nervous. He looked at me lovingly and replied, “You’re nervous because you’re proud. Where you were prior to coming here, you were confident and known and quite good at what you did. Here, you will be one of many students, and you will probably be quite average among them. Why are you here?”

    That directed insight on the lawn helped deliver me from the worst of the angst of academic competitiveness, acting as something of a true north star during my four years of studies at Regent.

    Into the desert:

    Not long after I finished at Regent, I found myself in a spiritual desert the likes of which I’d never experienced. Dashed vocational hopes, the silence of God, physical exhaustion, unemployment, financial stress—they all took a toll. I found myself falling back on more words of wisdom from Dr. Houston, who told me, “You need to stop being a God-pleaser—stop pleasing God.” I found that I could scream out my anger at God, and he could take it. I waited, and shed some illusions, and clarified some priorities, and, eventually, found that God does not abandon us in the desert.

    Doug shares more of his story in Thoughts on the Desert Walk (originally published in February 1994, in Volume 2, Issue 1 of Stimulus, a New Zealand journal of Christian thought and practice now published by Laidlaw College).

    Further on:

    Some vocational touchpoints since graduating from Regent:

    1. My wife Catherine, our three children, and I spent two years living in Wellington, New Zealand, where I was engaged in a contract in theological research related to rethinking “popular evangelism.”

    2. I served as an Associate Professor at Briercrest College in Saskatchewan for five years.

    3. I founded Doug Reichel Wine Marketing Inc. in 2004.

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  • Doug at work
    Doug at work
  • Talking Portuguese wine with Francisco Figueira de Chaves
    Talking Portuguese wine with Francisco Figueira de Chaves