Weber, Yoder take on new leadership roles at AMBS

Published: November 9, 2022

ELKHART, Indiana (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary) — Mary Ann Weber, MA, Director of Enrollment; and Bob Yoder, DMin, CFRM, Director of Development; have joined the Administrative Cabinet of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Indiana. 

This change follows the June 30 retirement of Daniel Grimes, MPA, Vice President for Advancement and Enrollment, who oversaw both of their departments.

Mary Ann Weber

Weber, of Goshen, Indiana, joined AMBS in August 2019 as Admissions Counselor and Student Services Coordinator. She became Director of Enrollment in July 2022, following Grimes’ departure.

Mary Ann Weber, MA (Credit: Peter Ringenberg)

“As an AMBS alumna with church agency experience, Mary Ann brings together a deep love for AMBS, broad knowledge of the church and a passion for helping students access theological and leadership education,” said David Boshart, PhD, President. “She has a proven record for growing our enrollment at AMBS, and I’m very excited about the imagination and leadership she brings to her new role.”

Weber earned a Master of Arts in Christian Formation with a concentration in Christian Education from AMBS in 2003 and a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in 1989.

She brings a variety of experiences to her role, having taught elementary school in Los Angeles, California, through Mennonite Voluntary Service and later in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania. She served in the Philippines with Mennonite Central Committee (1995-98) and worked in the Resource Library of Lancaster Mennonite Conference (1998-2001). Following her seminary studies, she served Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes as Human Resources Coordinator (2003-10) and MennoMedia as Managing Editor for Curriculum (2010-17).

Weber is part of the Pastoral Leadership Team at Benton Mennonite Church in Goshen — a congregation of Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA.

Bob Yoder

Yoder, also of Goshen, joined AMBS in January 2018 as an Advancement Associate. In 2020, he completed a Certificate in Fund Raising Management at the Lilly School of Philanthropy of Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. He was promoted to Director of Development in January 2021.

Bob Yoder, DMin, CFRM (Credit: Peter Ringenberg)

“During his first three years as an Advancement Associate, Bob excelled in his work as a dedicated fundraiser for AMBS, and it became clear that he should be promoted to director of the department,” said Boshart. “Bob clearly understands the role of fundraising as a ministry that brings together AMBS’s mission and the particular goals of donors who want to support leadership education for the church.”

Yoder earned a Doctor of Ministry from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, in 2007; a Master of Divinity from AMBS in 2001; and a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Psychology from Eastern Mennonite University in 1994. 

He worked for Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania; served as a pastor at New Life Mennonite Church near Somerset, Pennsylvania; and served as conference minister of youth and young adults for Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference (2001–06) and Central District Conference (2001–04). He was hired part time by Goshen College in 2003 as Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry before ministering as the campus pastor there (2006–17).

Yoder has authored and edited numerous articles and books, including Helping Youth Grieve: The Good News of Biblical Lament (Resource Publications, 2015); A History of Mennonite Youth Ministry, 1885–2005 (2013); and Youth Ministry at a Crossroads: Tending to the Faith Formation of Mennonite Youth (Herald, 2012) (with Andy Brubacher Kaethler).

He attends College Mennonite Church in Goshen — a congregation of Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA.

Located in Elkhart, Indiana, on ancestral land of the Potawatomi and Miami peoples, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary is a learning community with an Anabaptist vision, offering theological education for learners both on campus and at a distance as well as a wide array of lifelong learning programs — all with the goal of educating followers of Jesus Christ to be leaders for God’s reconciling mission in the world.

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