AMBS News and Stories

Dr. Hans de Wit, researcher and specialist in intercultural Bible reading will speak, March 2–4.

Church planter, researcher and educator, A. Brian Leander, Ph.D. was the featured speaker.

President Sara Wenger Shenk reflects on three sources of beauty in the uproar of these days.

Pastors Week to focus on strengthening participants capacity for intercultural leadership.

Major gifts from two donors are breathing new life into !Explore: A Theological Program for High School Youth.

Former pastor John Gaeddert (MDiv 1964) recognized for encouraging people to pursue seminary and service.

Meet 9 students pursuing a seminary degree at a distance through MDiv Connect.

An invitation to support the prayerful struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

Andy Brubacher Kaethler Andy Brubacher Kaethler, assistant professor of Christian formation and culture at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, gave this reflection at Belmon...

AMBS Communication One of the great things about being part of the seminary community is the many opportunities for conversation on faith-related topics. This election cycle has...

This summer, MDiv student Alison Brookins explored comedy and theology with Ted Swartz and Co.

Linda Shelly, recipient of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s Alumni Ministry and Service Recognition for 2016. (Photo: David Fisher Fast, Mennonite Mission Network.

More than 100 people from across the United States and Canada gather to explore “Deep Faith.”

Miller Jacobs focuses Anabaptist values of reconciliation and peacemaking at the Deep Faith conference.

Annette Brill Bergstresser ELKHART, Indiana (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary/Mennonite Church USA) — Thirty workshops geared toward people at all stages of life and...

Blind seminary student leads collaborative process to gain access to biblical languages.

Grieving for Orlando

June 16, 2016

We at AMBS recommit ourselves to teach, preach and embody the reconciling mission of God and grieve the horrific violence in Orlando.

Professor emeritus Alan Kreider called the 2016 graduates to a life of patience in his commencement address.

For MDiv student Renee Reimer, being in seminary opened the door to leadership roles at Camp Mennoscah.

For MDiv student Ben Bouwman, planning worship and Bible studies at camp led to pursuing seminary studies.

Robert Lewis Ramseyer, renowned missiologist and professor emeritus of missions and anthropology at AMBS, died April 30.

Annette Brill Bergstresser This year, 13 students at AMBS share a common background as staff members at Mennonite camps and retreat centers. Meet one of the 13: Joel Beachy of K...

AMBS will co-host this fall's Deep Faith conference to empower Anabaptist leaders to develop a robust understanding of life with Jesus and expand their imagination on faith formation today.

MDiv student Brian O’Leary of Seattle, Wash., comes to AMBS with a background as a camp program director and camp counselor.

AMBS has partnered with Mennonite Mission Network to offer tuition discounts and scholarships to current and former Mennonite Voluntary Service participants.

MDiv Connect student Melissa Atchison of Manhattan, Kansas, has served at Camp Mennoscah for about 15 years, providing input for junior-high-aged campers each summer.

Do Mennonites have souls? Nancey Murphy, Ph.D. explores the question of human nature with the AMBS community.

Annette Brill Bergstresser Camping staff members follow call to seminary This year, 10 of the 33 first-year students at AMBS share a common background as staff members at Men...

Annette Brill Bergstresser Camping staff members follow call to seminary This year, 10 of the 33 first-year students at AMBS share a common background as staff members at Men...

Annette Brill Bergstresser Camping staff members follow call to seminary This year, 10 of the 33 first-year students at AMBS share a common background as staff members at Men...

AMBS Communication Dear friends and brothers and sisters in Christ, As presidents of the schools to whom many of you have entrusted the formation of future leaders for our ch...

Annette Brill Bergstresser AMBS announces the appointment of Karl Stutzman as director of library services, effective July 1, 2016. He will continue the work of Eileen Saner, wh...

Annette Brill Bergstresser Camping staff members follow call to seminary This year, 10 of the 33 first-year students at AMBS share a common background as staff members at Men...

Annette Brill Bergstresser Camping staff members follow call to seminary This year, 10 of the 33 first-year students at AMBS share a common background as staff members at Men...

172 pastors, other church leaders and lay learners came together for Pastors Week 2016.

AMBS is 12th on a list of 28 seminaries in North America that excel in offering courses on faith and ecology.

What do 10 of the 33 first-year AMBS students have in common? A background as staff members at Mennonite camps and retreat centers.

The denominational magazines of Mennonite Church USA’s two predecessor organizations, the Mennonite Church (MC) and the General Conference Mennonite Church (GCMC), are now...

"How might our Anabaptist Mennonite schools inseparably hold together an immersion in the Gospel of our resurrected Lord with an immersion in communities of persons who are...

Tim Wiebe-Neufeld, pastor of First Mennonite Church, Edmonton, Alberta In early October 2015, 145 people representing more than 20 Christian denominations gathered at the campus...

Mary E. Klassen When Obed and Phena Dashan told students and faculty at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary how they feel God’s love surrounding them in spite of facing...

Darrin W. Snyder Belousek, Bridgefolk executive director Release shared on this site by Bridgefolk Recordings available for listening from these sources: iTUnes U: http...

Mary E. Klassen When adults read the Bible, they usually see only black letters on white pages, but the Saint John’s Bible, featured in an exhibit at Anabaptist Mennonite ...

Obed Dashan, pastor and church leader in Nigeria, is receiving the 2015 Alumni Ministry and Service Recognition from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Obed will speak i...

Deborah Froese / a joint release of AMBS, MMN and MC Canada Jamie Ross and Jamie Pitts, co-editors of the Anabaptist Witness journal, will introduce the publication to a wider a...

Aaron Epp, CMU Immigrant farm boy, hard and confident worker, team builder, family man, devout Christian – Henry Poettcker was all those things and more. Poettcker, who...

Mary E. Klassen In her commencement address on the day before Pentecost, May 23, Nancy Bedford reminded graduates of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary that the Holy Spirit ...

Mary E. Klassen To watch live streaming of Commencement, follow this link May 23 at 2:30pm EDT: http://www.collegemennonite.org/CMC_livestream.html Fifteen students will b...

Mary E. Klassen Careful weaving of theology, worship, biblical study and praxis will again be the focus as Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary hosts the second Rooted and Gro...

Mary E. Klassen Millard Lind, scholar, pastor, writer and professor emeritus of Old Testament at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, is described in two ways by former colle...

Prayers of Protest

April 9, 2015

Mary E. Klassen Safwat Marzouk, guest writer for the Practicing Reconciliation blog, shares some of the challenges that he has been wrestling with as a Christian Egyptian who li...

Mary E. Klassen Sara Wenger Shenk shares her sermon from the service of Lament, Confession and Commitment on March 22, 2015, on her Practicing Reconciliation blog. Read her p...

Dr. Gennifer Brooks began her presentations for the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary Theological Lectureship the same way she begins the preaching classes she teachers&mda...

Mary E. Klassen The prayer team for Mennonite Church USA convention and AMBS Kansas Center have prepared resources to encourage communities across the church to gather for short...

Lament and apology

March 23, 2015

Mary E. Klassen Members of the AMBS community, past and present, gathered on March 22 to listen to the stories of women abused by former professor John Howard Yoder and to ...

Mary E. Klassen See the order of service for the March 22 morning and afternoon events. AMBS invites all former students, employees and board members, along with friends and ...

Mary E. Klassen In early March, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary received long-awaited approval for students from Canada to study in the seminary’s distance program,...

Mary E. Klassen Traveling the Trail of Death, the 1838 forced expulsion of Native Americans from Indiana to Kansas, is planned as a pilgrimage in late June with opportunity for ...

Mary E. Klassen Preaching justice in a global world is the theme of the 2015 Theological Lectureship at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, presented by Dr. Gennifer Brooks,...

Dr. James Loewen presentations

February 26, 2015

Mary E. Klassen James Loewen, PhD, will give a series of presentations in Elkhart County, March 1 and 2, to help residents understand how the county’s history of racial se...

Mary E. Klassen Answering the question “What is an Anabaptist Christian?,” Pastors Week participants at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary pondered metaphors of ...

Mary E. Klassen Elizabeth Soto Albrecht points to the central strengths of her adopted faith in her post on The Circle. She draws from her study of the roots of Anabaptism in th...

Mary E. Klassen Daniel B. Grimes began as director of enrollment and financial aid at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary on Monday, Jan. 12. Grimes has most recently been...

Mary E. Klassen The writer of Psalm 103 and Mary in the Magnificat both make a significant turn, Professor Mary Schertz points out in her guest post on Practicing Reconciliation...

Mary E. Klassen For the students who traveled from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary to Fort Benning, Ga., in late November, the experience of witnessing for peace and just...

Mary E. Klassen The Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary board of directors along with the president and administrative cabinet are taking steps to acknowledge institutional r...

Mary E. Klassen Marcus G. Smucker—pastor, professor, mediator, trailblazer—died on October 29 in Lititz, Pa. He was 82 years old. Smucker’s first vocation w...

Mary E. Klassen Designs for equipping multi-vocational leaders with entrepreneurial skills and a view toward mission took shape as 23 business, mission, pastoral and educational...

Anabaptist Witness launches

October 30, 2014

Mary E. Klassen Anabaptist Witness launched on Friday, October 31, on its website: anabaptistwitness.org The semi-annual journal that encourages "global Anabaptist and M...

Mary E. Klassen Students and employees at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary celebrate two additional days of thanksgiving each year, scheduled between the Canadian and U.S....

Mary E. Klassen Three keynote speakers and 53 workshops and paper presentations brought Old Testament, New Testament, theological, historical and personal perspectives to the Ro...

Mary E. Klassen A break from seminary study doesn’t take Sandra Stevens to her former home in Iowa, but instead to Iraq where she serves a member of the Christian Peacemak...

Mary E. Klassen for AMBS, MMN, Mennonite Church Canada Witness The editorial committee assigned to renew the 42-year-old Mission Focus journal is announcing the new name of the ...

Mary E. Klassen Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary has named a coordinator and administrative team for the newly formed Kansas Center through which AMBS will offer resources...

Mary E. Klassen Wilma Ann Bailey is a scholar who gives her gifts to the church and for this AMBS honors her this year with the annual AMBS Alumni Ministry and Service Recogniti...

Mary E. Klassen The AMBS bell will toll in honor of Don Steider, retired director of maintenance, on Wednesday, July 2. We invite you to join the seminary community and family m...

Laurie Oswald Robinson To deal with the winds of change, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) is closing its Great Plains Extension in North Newton. It is being replace...

Mary E. Klassen Thirty-five graduates of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary were reminded of the “the simple yet not so simple four-letter word: Love” by speaker...

Mary E. Klassen Our commencement service will be streamed for family and friends to watch from a distance. Visit this site at 2:30 p.m. (Eastern) on Saturday, May 24: http...

Mary E. Klassen Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary will begin a new level of involvement in central Kansas this summer, continuing to offer some courses while also exploring...

Mary E. Klassen Read the news story of AMBS's 2014 commencement service . __________________________ Thirty-five students will be honored in the Anabaptist Mennonit...

Mary E. Klassen Lois Barrett, Ph.D., named to the rank of professor in her teaching of theology and Anabaptist studies at AMBS, will present a lecture: Friday, May 2 11:4...

Mary E. Klassen “Look like Jesus, love like Jesus, serve like Jesus,” Greg Boyd, PhD, repeated multiple times in his visit to Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary,...

Mary E. Klassen This Easter morning, join the Anabaptist Biblical Seminary community in proclaiming the good news: Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! May the assura...

Mary E. Klassen Greg Boyd, best-selling author, pastor and theologian, will present a lecture at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary on Thursday, April 24, beginning at 7:30 ...

Mary E. Klassen Does God in the Bible have a body? Does God have gender and sexuality? These were two questions Mark S. Smith, PhD, professor of Hebrew and Judaic studies at New...

Mary E. Klassen Mark S. Smith, Ph.D., will present the annual Theological Lecturship at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, March 19–20, bringing the Bible into conver...

Mary E. Klassen Instead of eating lunch on Fridays, some members of the seminary community are gathering for prayers for Mennonite Church USA. David Miller, associate profess...

Mary E. Klassen The seventh Consultation of Anabaptists in Latin America helped to build connections among people in that region of the world; it also provided opportunities to ...

Mary E. Klassen AMBS is launching the Center for Faith Formation and Culture to help congregations, families and individuals not only nurture faith but also become aware of how ...

Mary E. Klassen The Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary “Fab Five” aren’t a band of superheroes who can remove snow and raise frigid temperatures, but th...

Mary E. Klassen Conversations about care for creation—from biblical imperatives to beekeeping—will fill a conference on land and faith at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblic...

Mary E. Klassen AMBS–Great Plains advisory board recommends closing extension site The advisory board of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary–Great Plains Exten...

Mary E. Klassen A call to courage and interaction with others inspired listeners during a discussion of difficult issues in Elkhart, Goshen and South Bend, Ind., during a Martin...

Mary E. Klassen Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary has appointed two new faculty members, Malinda Berry, PhD, to begin in summer 2014; and Janna Hunter-Bowman, PhD candidate...

Mary E. Klassen Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary will host a discussion with local leaders and the presentation of awards for community leadership on Martin Luther King Jr...

Mary E. Klassen Cornelius J. (C.J.) Dyck not only researched and taught Mennonite history, he lived it, and he will be remembered for the wisdom, wit and commitment with which h...

Mary E. Klassen AMBS will reopen Tuesday, January 7. Classes will meet and offices will be open. Students and employees are asked to use extra caution to assure safe travel. ...

The imperial census forced pregnant Mary and loyal Joseph to travel far from home. After Jesus birth, they are forced again to flee as refugees because of the threat on his life...

Mary E. Klassen Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary has received a $248,324 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to work at reducing concerns about the cost of seminary study and ...

Mary E. Klassen A new book, published by the Institute of Mennonite Studies, documents how youth ministry efforts of the Mennonite denominations have been an essential element o...

A joint release of AMBS, Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Mission Network Three organizations and two new editors are collaborating to renew Mission Focus, a valued journal...

Mary E. Klassen Three Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary retired professors, Marlene Kropf, Walter Sawatsky and June Alliman Yoder, were honored with emeritus status by the ...

Mary E. Klassen Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary found both affirmation and inspiration when two representatives, Janeen Bertsche Johnson and Ryan Harker, attended the ...

Mary E. Klassen Resources combine for a fuller experience with the biblical text The book of John unfolds in multiple layers for both children and adults through the recent w...

Mary E. Klassen At AMBS,, Giving Thanks Days fall between the Canadian and U.S. Thanksgiving holidays. “We say thanks to the people who believe in the mission of AMBS, ...

Mary E. Klassen In a national and global climate of divisiveness, Pastors Week, Jan. 27–30, at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary will explore how different points of ...

Mary E. Klassen Friends in the Anabaptist Network in the United Kingdom are reflecting on John Howard Yoder’s legacy, along with Mennonites in North America. A letter from...

Mary E. Klassen As two Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary students led a program that encourages high school youth to consider ministry, their own call to ministry grew stro...

Mary E. Klassen Kathy Bergen, recently of Ramallah in Israel-Palestine, and Marty Troyer, pastor in Houston, Texas, share a breadth of ministries related to peace as Anabaptist ...

Mary E. Klassen Sara Wenger Shenk, AMBS president, has been reappointed for another four-year term, 2014-18. This action began with the AMBS board of directors and included acti...

Mary E. Klassen AMBS invites local pastors to join with seminary students in examining pastoral care case studies in a series of discussions this fall. Participants in the Pa...

Mary E. Klassen “The accelerating interest in and widespread appreciation for John Howard Yoder’s theological work has also provoked renewed calls for the Mennonite ...

Mary E. Klassen Katerina Friesen, an incoming Master of Divinity student, has been recognized by The Fund for Theological Education (FTE) as a young leader who demonstrates g...

Mary E. Klassen "I wakened early, before our ship arrived in Istanbul, before the sun rose," Mary Lehman Yoder wrote about the June 21 experiences on the Mediterranean...

Mary E. Klassen A late May event at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary celebrated volunteers and their contribution of nearly 5,000 hours of time to Anabaptist Mennonite Bib...

Mary E. Klassen Touring the Sistine Chapel, traversing St. Peter's Square during a Harley Davidson convention, and visiting the Pantheon and Ponte Fabricio, the oldest br...

Mary E. Klassen Scripture was read in Greek and English, but graduates were challenged to speak in the language of love at the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary commencemen...

Mary E. Klassen Anabaptist Short Courses, a new series of non-credit online courses offered by Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, generated so much interest this spring tha...

We give thanks for the life and ministry of Barbara Prasse, the first woman to receive a Master of Divinity from AMBS. At the age of 91, she died on May 5 in Bloomfield, Conn. ...

Mary E. Klassen This year, AMBS has had so much to celebrate that we finally threw a party. Friday, April 26, we celebrated with the board of directors a long list of accomplish...

Mary E. Klassen Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary has received approval from the University Senate of The United Methodist Church to prepare pastors for ordained ministry. ...

Mary E. Klassen The stories a congregation or denomination tells about itself--even when they are not factual--shape its identity, church historian Quinton Dixie, Ph.D., demonst...

Mary E. Klassen Leland Harder, a scholar of both Anabaptist history and Anabaptists of the late 1900s, died Thursday, March 21, in North Newton, Kan. He was 86. Harder was a ...

Mary E. Klassen Chris Marshall, biblical scholar and authority on restorative justice, introduced his newest book, Compassionate Justice: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue with Two ...

Mary E. Klassen By telling the story of the ordination of Emma Sommers Richards, a new book from the Institute of Mennonites Studies aims to show that “all church members ...

Mary E. Klassen Chris Marshall, Ph.D., will be a guest presenter at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary Tuesday, March 12. Known for his work in the area of restorative justi...

Mary E. Klassen A new Master of Divinity program will begin at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in August, giving students options for study from a distance as well as ...

Lynda Hollinger-Janzen Thomas Oduro, president of Good News Theological College and Seminary in Ghana, attributes explosion of African Christianity to expectation that every Chr...

Mary E. Klassen Ten seminars at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Phoenix, July 1–6, will have leaders who are professors at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. E...

Mary E. Klassen The Pastors Week theme of Jubilee raised topics that are surprising for the annual Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary event: wealth creation, business enterp...

Mary E. Klassen Won-bum Chung, Th.D., professor of Christian theology and ethics in South Korea, has returned to that role after spending three months as a visiting scholar at A...

Mary E. Klassen A series of short, online courses in aspects of Anabaptist thought and practice begins in February, a new resource from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary fo...

Sara Wenger Shenk Christmas message from Sara Wenger Shenk, AMBS President We weep for the children who are no more in Newtown, Connecticut and for the teachers who...

Mary E. Klassen Quinton Dixie, Ph.D., faculty member of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, will present this year’s Theological Lectureship at Anabaptist Men...

Mary E. Klassen Kim Tan, Ph.D., combining roles as venture capitalist, Bible teacher and social entrepreneur, will present an evening lecture, “Enterprise Solutions to All...

Mary E. Klassen Kim Tan, Ph.D., combining roles as venture capitalist, Bible teacher and social entrepreneur, will explore Jubilee living at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Semina...

Mary E. Klassen Ched Myers demonstrated how careful biblical study reveals clear messages for issues the church faces today in presentations he made at Anabaptist Mennonite Bibl...

Mary E. Klassen This fall Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary is using an experimental format to look at one of the most traditional elements of Christian worship—the s...

Mary E. Klassen The number of participants in Church Leadership Center programs at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary increased significantly in the 2011-2012 school year, u...

Mary E. Klassen Ched Myers, biblical scholar, educator and activist, will be a guest of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary on Thursday, November 15. Myers has challenged ...

Jeremy Shue, MDiv 2011 Business leaders and pastors lead organizations, manage people, work with budgets, and cast vision for the future. But even though these two groups have s...

Mary E. Klassen Example and encouragement are words Pastor Benjamin Mubenga of the Congo used frequently as he talked about the newly released book, The Jesus Tribe: Grace stori...

Mary E. Klassen Don Klassen, recipient of the 2012 AMBS Alumni Ministry and Service Award, received the certificate honoring him from AMBS president Sara Wenger Shenk on Tuesday...

AMBS celebrates new name on August 28.

As rain poured down on the AMBS Elkhart campus, students, faculty and staff prayed for God’s blessings.

Three new members joined the AMBS development team on August 20.

When Larry Corbett describes his discovery of AMBS, he says, “It’s been a goldmine.”