Alumni Ministry and Service Recognition

We recognize people currently in ministry as well as those whose lifetime reflects faithful service to God. Nominees must be AMBS, Goshen Biblical Seminary (GBS) or Mennonite Biblical Seminary (MBS) degree program graduates (bachelor’s or master’s degrees).

With the Alumni Ministry and Service Recognition, AMBS celebrates alumni engaged in God’s reconciling mission.

Please consider nominating recent graduates with 10 or more years of service as well as graduates who have given a lifetime to ministry.

Nominate an alum

Recipients are named based on the following considerations:

  • Effective and visionary leadership for the church, community and world
  • Mission that integrates evangelism, peacemaking and justice
  • Commitment to bringing Anabaptist theology in conversation with the wider church
  • Efforts in ecological sustainability and care for God’s creation
  • Dedication to justice, resisting oppression and reconciliation across social divisions

Our goal is to recognize alumni from a variety of backgrounds and ministry settings. Those who are selected are invited to come to the AMBS campus to share with students what inspires and sustains them in their ministry.

Do you know someone who should be considered for the Alumni Ministry and Service Recognition? Send your nomination to Janeen Bertsche Johnson, Alumni Director.

Recordings of annual Ministry and Service Recognition award ceremony

Each year, AMBS hosts a ceremony for the recipients of its Alumni Ministry and Service Recognition. Recordings of the events are available, starting in 2020.

2022 Ministry and Service Recognition Award Recipients

Gary Harder, DMin, of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; Mesach Krisetya, DMin, of Salatiga, Central Java, Indonesia; and Sarah Nahar, MDiv, of Elkhart, Indiana (traditional land of the Potawatomi and Miami peoples); are the 2022 recipients of AMBS’s Alumni Ministry and Service Recognition. (Read more)

2021 Ministry and Service Recognition Award Recipients

Frederick J. Speckeen, PhD (Read more)

Leonard Wiebe, MST (Read more)

2020 Ministry and Service Recognition Award Recipients

Nancy Kauffmann, DMin, Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling, 1982 (Read more)

Anne Garber Kompaoré, PhD. Master of Arts: Theological Studies, conc. in Biblical Studies, 2004 (Read more)

Past recipients

Below are alumni who have received the Alumni Ministry and Service Recognition since AMBS began awarding the honor in 2004.