Third Thursdays

Join other alumni for Third Thursdays, once-a-month online conversations with AMBS Teaching and Administrative Faculty members. Janeen Bertsche Johnson, MDiv, Alumni Director, will interview a selected member of the AMBS learning community for 35 minutes, followed by a short time of open conversation.

These sessions will be held via videoconference from 12 to 1 p.m. ET on the third Thursday of each month. The virtual events are only open to AMBS alumni at this time. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

Dec. 15: Rachel Miller Jacobs, DMin, Associate Professor of Congregational Formation

Rachel Miller Jacobs, DMin, is a practical theologian/educator with particular interest in how groups (families, small groups, classrooms and congregations) help form mature Christians. She has served as a pastor of Christian formation, as worship resources coordinator for Leader magazine and as a spiritual director. At AMBS, Rachel teaches in the areas of Christian formation, family spirituality, worship and pedagogy.

Jan. 19: Hear about Global Initiatives

David Boshart, PhD, President, will be joined by Henok Mekonin, MA, Global Leadership Collaborative Specialist, and Joe Sawatzky, PhD, Global Leadership Collaborative Project Specialist to talk more about Global Initiatives at AMBS.

Feb. 16: No Third Thursday this month

Join us online or in person for Pastors and Leaders 2023 | Reimagining Ministry instead! The conference runs from Monday, Feb. 13 – Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023.

March 16: Malinda Elizabeth Berry, PhD, Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics

Malinda Elizabeth Berry, PhD, is both a theologian and a teacher: she’s passionate about the subject matter of her courses and believes that the content of a course should shape how it is taught. Her commitment to Anabaptism in the Mennonite tradition is evident in her approach to an array of topics, issues, and concerns of our day: Christian social responsibility, environmental stewardship—with an emphasis on human ecology, and renewing congregational life in its structural and spiritual dimensions. In addition to the research she does to support her teaching, Malinda continues to develop her contribution to peace theology: shalom political theology (SPT).

April 20: Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, PhD, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible

Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, PhD, has taught courses on the Old and New Testaments, methods of biblical interpretation, exegetical studies, and introductory Greek and Hebrew, among other topics.

May 18: Bob Yoder, DMin, Director of Development

Bob Yoder, DMin, CFRM, joined the Advancement Team in January 2018. Bob is responsible for overseeing fundraising activities, including supervision of Development Associates, that result in deepening relationships with current and new donors as well as increasing overall financial support. In addition to annual fund giving, Bob also gives attention to planned giving, endowment funds and scholarships.

Past Third Thursday recorded events

This playlist shows the most recent Third Thursday event. You can find more recordings of Third Thursday events below on this page.

Past Third Thursday speakers

Click on the name of a past speaker to view a recording of that conversation.

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