Our Elkhart campus community

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s home base campus in south-central Elkhart, Indiana, provides a dynamic environment for a globally connected community.

Our small size provides a perfect context for building close, personal connections among students in residence on campus as well as those around the world.

Elkhart campus grounds

AMBS Elkhart Campus

Our 44-acre campus provides plenty of space for soccer, Ultimate Frisbee and other outdoor activities. Indoor areas provide space for recreation including ping-pong and Foosball tables in the Waltner Hall lounge. 

Walk through our six-acre native prairie and you’ll find more than 50 species of wildflowers and grasses. We’re also proud to host 50kW and 80kW solar arrays — the largest in Elkhart — to offset our energy use and save tons of CO2 emissions per year. Learn more about creation care efforts at AMBS.

A student-run garden provides space for growing produce while also building community. Students and employees also tap campus maple trees each spring to make syrup.

When it’s time to study, the AMBS library holds one of the largest collections of Mennonite and Anabaptist-related materials for ministry in the world. In addition, access to electronic resources and from library networks make possible a rich array of learning and discovery. Learn more about the library.

Campus maps and directions

Getting to and from our Elkhart campus is important! Find maps and directions here.

Land acknowledgment statement

Micah 6:8 calls us to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly” with God and our neighbors. In that spirit, we acknowledge that this land is the ancestral land of the Miami and Potawatomi peoples, and other peoples before them. A major Potawatomi trail between Fort Wayne and Chicago once crossed the AMBS campus south of the Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount and split into two sections — one going north to the St. Joseph River, and one heading west. 

From the 1820s through the 1850s, most Potawatomi were systematically displaced by White settlers and government policies supporting settler colonialism. The 1821 Treaty of Chicago resulted in the removal of most Potawatomi from the area that now includes Elkhart. In 1838, 859 Potawatomi from the Plymouth area were forcibly removed by the state militia. On their 660-mile trek to Kansas, known to the Potawatomi as the “Trail of Death,” 42 children and adults died, while hundreds more suffered and died at their destination in the decade after. Today, the descendants of the Trail of Death are members of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, based in Oklahoma, and the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, based in northeastern Kansas. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi (Pokégnek Bodéwadmik) and Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi remain in our region as dynamic communities.

Soon after most Potawatomi were removed from northern Indiana, European settlers including Amish and Mennonite farmers began seeking land in this area. 

We honor the Potawatomi who have lived in concert with the land throughout the generations. We grieve the actions that forced many from this land. May all who live in and visit this place consider the violent legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery, which Christians and governments have used to seize indigenous lands and oppress their peoples. May telling the truth propel us to the work of repair and to relationships grounded in justice and peace. 

Campus safety and well-being

AMBS is committed to assisting all members of the AMBS community in providing for their own safety and security. Learn more about campus safety and well-being at AMBS.

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