Sara Wenger Shenk

President

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Sara Wenger Shenk serves as president of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, a position she began in fall 2010. Since coming to AMBS, she has overseen a “pivot of hope” program redesign, the hiring of seven new faculty, and a change of the seminary’s name. Her experiences in mission, church planting, teaching and administration fostered a unique combination of leadership gifts. She was a member of the faculty and administration of Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, Va., for 15 years. For nine years, she and her husband Gerald served as students and teachers in the former Yugoslavia from 1977 to 1983 and 1986 to 1989. Sara has held Mennonite Church conference and denominational leadership roles. She has written extensively in both academic and church publications.

Degrees

  • B.A., Eastern Mennonite University, 1975
  • MTS, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 1986
  • Ed.D., Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education, 1999

Reflection

"However one chooses to portray the distinctive qualities we as Anabaptist Christians exemplify, there is no doubt that we are increasingly being asked to bring the treasures of our story, communal spirituality, holistic discipleship, and missionary zeal as evangelists of the peace of Christ, into the broader public sphere. I am grateful for pastors, scholars, poets, artists, peacemakers, teachers, business leaders, builders, gardeners and healers who devote themselves to the deep formation needed to become leaders of God’s reconciling mission in the world."

Publications

  • Practicing Reconciliation blog
  • A Mennonite View of Life and Learning: Practicing the Way of Jesus”, chapter in Liberal Learning and the Great Christian Traditions (Wipf and Stock, 2015)
  • “Leading in Anxious Times” The Mennonite, December 2014
  • “Why we need seminaries reimagined” The Mennonite, January 2013
  • Foreword for Discerning God’s Will together: Biblical Interpretation in the Free Church Tradition (Cascadia, 2013)
  • Afterword for The Activist Impulse: essays on the intersection of Evangelicalism and Anabaptism (Wipf and Stock, 2012)
  • Thank you for Asking: Conversing with Young Adults about the Future Church (Herald, 2005)
  • Anabaptist Ways of Knowing: A Conversation about Tradition-based Critical Education (Cascadia, 2003)
  • Meditations for New Parents (Herald, 1996), co-author