Seasons of GivingEquipping Christian leaders for ministry and service

The theological education and faith formation that happen through AMBS wouldn’t be possible without the faithful and generous support of our donors. Each contribution enables us to continue to carry out the important work of educating Christian leaders for the church and the world.

Would you consider making a year-end gift now to invest in the leaders who want to engage the resources AMBS offers? Thanks to generous donors, every dollar you give online from now through Tuesday, Dec. 3, will be matched — up to $25,000! Each dollar matters, and we’re grateful for your support!

Our students share ...

Kajsa Herrstrom

Seminary study fosters creative exploration in a supportive community.

Kajsa Herrstrom, Master of Divinity CampusAs someone who found community in Mennonite circles as an adult, I knew I wanted a seminary experience that would strengthen my understanding of the Anabaptist tradition. Since coming to AMBS, I have felt both challenged and supported. I value the wide variety of viewpoints and experiences students bring to class discussions, and the opportunity this provides for reflection and growth. These conversations don’t stop in the classroom but are woven throughout the fabric of community life at AMBS.

Classmates and faculty have been instrumental in my ongoing exploration of how the Spirit moves in people through the creative process to bring healing and a renewed awareness of communion with God. I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had so far to contribute creatively to community life and worship as I explore.

Kajsa Herrstrom is an MDiv Campus: Christian Faith Formation student from Champaign, Illinois. Her home congregation is First Mennonite Church of Urbana (Illinois), which is part of Central District and Illinois Mennonite conferences.


Randall Koehler

Through AMBS, students from across the world engage in rigorous study of Scripture together.

Randall Koehler, Master of Divinity ConnectThis semester is my first semester, but my experience thus far has challenged me to continue to engage deeply not only with the Bible, but also with people who are different from me — and to learn to appreciate their points of view when approaching the Scriptures. My current classes are giving me study tools and interpretive methods to approach the Scriptures with integrity and honesty, and they have renewed my fervency for knowing God more intimately through the Scriptures. My professors care deeply about my success in the program and my growth as a person.

I chose AMBS because I wanted a seminary experience already entrenched in Anabaptist theology; I’m interested in how Anabaptist theology might shape the mission of the church in a rural context. The MDiv Connect program allows for a nontraditional student like me to stay rooted in my home context while engaging with people from diverse backgrounds who experience Anabaptism differently than I do.

Randall Koehler is an MDiv Connect: Pastoral Ministry student from Benson, Illinois. His home congregation is Metamora (Illinois) Mennonite Church, an Illinois Mennonite Conference congregation.


Marisa Smucker

Students can apply their seminary learnings to their present contexts in real time.

Marisa Smucker, Master of Arts in Christian Formation studentI chose to study at AMBS for two reasons. The first was because of my growing interest in spiritual direction and Christian formation. The second was because of my work with pastors and congregations in Mennonite Church USA as a full-time employee with Mennonite Mission Network; I wanted to better understand my constituents and to know first hand the theological issues they work through in their contexts. Being able to study while working has enriched my work immediately and has increased my ability to resource and dialogue with pastors, congregations and partners.

I’m in year two of my degree program, but this is my fourth year as a part-time student. Each year I get to know AMBS staff, professors, and students a little better, and that has helped me to be more involved. Being a part of both AMBS and Mennonite Mission Network has helped me to engage the Church at a deeper level.

Marisa Smucker is a Master of Arts in Christian Formation student from Goshen, Indiana. Her home congregation is Belmont Mennonite Church in Elkhart, Indiana, a congregation of Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference.

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