Why AMBS?

Why are people attracted to AMBS? Some come with a clear sense of call, some are wondering about their call, and many others just want the opportunity to learn about the Bible, about history and theology, or spiritual formation.

At AMBS, we’re a worshiping community.

AMBS is a worshiping community of people who are grounded in the life and work of the church. With love, imagination, and discipline we encourage each other to grow in integrity of character, in depth of knowledge, and in excellence as practitioners of God’s truth, embodied in word and deed.

We’re a vibrant learning community.

We welcome you to join this distinctive and vibrant learning community. You’ll join with peers, gifted teachers, and experienced leaders who are devoting themselves to learning how better to serve God with heart, soul, mind and strength.

We’re steeped in a centuries-old Anabaptist peace tradition.

At AMBS, you’ll explore biblical, theological and ethical aspects of peace and justice with an Anabaptist lens. You’ll grow in a place that also values creation care, spiritual growth, intercultural competence and undoing racism as core to Christian witness and the church’s ministry of reconciliation.

Two students sit at a table on the campus of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Ready to take the next step?

We’re excited to walk alongside you as you take each step on your journey. Together we can experience the transformative presence of God in the work of being leaders for God’s reconciling mission in the world.

At AMBS, our teaching faculty are experts

Our teaching faculty are experts in their disciplines who teach from their real-life experience. They encourage students at AMBS to integrate their experience and knowledge into a wise and discerning expression of their vocation. 

Our graduates are leaders

The graduates of AMBS who have become outstanding leaders for God’s reconciling mission in the world are many. Be assured that there is a whole team of persons at AMBS ready to journey with you as you give yourself wholeheartedly to this wonderful opportunity. We empower students for creative, transformative and holistic Christian leadership. 

AMBS offers a wide variety of degrees and programs

We offer high-quality theological and pastoral education through many unique programs and resources including a Master of Divinity degree and three Master of Arts programs. We also offer nondegree Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies and the nondegree Journey Missional Leadership Development program. We invite you to explore both our campus and distance offerings.

Our residential campus community offers global connections

Our home base 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.

AMBS is affordable

We aim to keep our base tuition rates low so we can make theological education affordable and accessible for a diverse body of students and offer a wide range of financial aid and scholarships. We want to support developing leaders to freely serve the church — unencumbered by large student debt loads. (Did you know that only 6.5% of our students borrowed to pay for AMBS in 2020–21?)

Ready to take the next step?

We’re excited to walk alongside you as you take each step on your journey. Together we can experience the transformative presence of God in the work of being leaders for God’s reconciling mission in the world.

Need more reasons to join us?

Meet the AMBS Admissions team. From your first inquiry about seminary study to your transition from applicant to student, our team is happy to answer all your questions.

Daniel Grimes, MPA
Vice President for Advancement and Enrollment
Janeen Bertsche Johnson, MDiv
Admissions Associate
Teresa Thompson Sherrill, MDiv
Enrollment & Financial Aid Specialist
Mary Ann Weber, MA
Admissions Counselor

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