Bartlett leads new GTE programs at Tabor College

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Distance theological education made possible by USMB, MBBS Inc funding

From Tabor College

Rick Bartlett, Fresno, Calif., has been hired as the first Tabor College director of the theological education program, Tabor College President Jules Glanzer announced Jan. 7. Bartlett will also serve as an assistant professor of Christian Ministry and provide direction to the Christian Ministry undergraduate program and the newly created masters degree being offered in Entrepreneurial Ministry Leadership.

“We are blessed to have Rick Bartlett provide leadership and expertise as we begin a new chapter at Tabor College,” says Glanzer. “Rick has a rich understanding of our Anabaptist heritage and brings practical experience in ministry and theological education.”

The graduate theological program, which Bartlett will be developing and implementing beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, was made possible, in part, by funding that was provided by USMB and MB Biblical Seminary, Inc., for the purpose of serving the college constituency with distance theological education.

“I am honored for the new opportunity at Tabor College,” says Bartlett. “It is an exciting time. Developing programs that will help people achieve their goals of advanced degrees in ministry and be able to serve the Lord in greater capacities is a wonderful opportunity, in which I am blessed to play a role.”

Tabor College, the Mennonite Brethren college serving the Southern, Central, LAMB and North Carolina district conferences, is participating with other MB institutions of higher learning in providing courses in Anabaptist history, theology and principles. Bartlett will administer this program as well.

Bartlett comes to Tabor after serving as the lead pastor for Bethany Church, a USMB congregation in Fresno, Calif. He has also served as dean of students and director of constituency relations at MB Biblical Seminary and as director of Ministry Quest, while teaching at MBBS as well as Fresno Pacific University.

He holds a doctorate of ministry from George Fox Evangelical Seminary, a master of divinity from MB Biblical Seminary and a bachelor of arts from Fresno Pacific University.

Bartlett and his wife, Karen, have two children.

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