Guenther's appointment effective immediately
Canadian Conference of MB Churches news release
Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary (MBBS) Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Bruce Guenther as interim president and developer, effective immediately.
Guenther’s mandate is to provide oversight to MBBS-ACTS Seminaries and MBBS-CMU, while also leading the board to chart a future in keeping with the graduate theological educational and leadership needs in the Canadian MB landscape.
The recent absorption in the United States of MBBS-Fresno into Fresno Pacific University has opened up new leadership training opportunities in Canada.
Under the auspices of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (CCMBC), extensive conversations have been underway with MBs across Canada since fall 2010, to understand the theological leadership development interests and needs of churches, pastors, and conference leaders. Clarity is emerging.
“MBBS Canada is moving forward,” says MBBS board chair John Unger. “We are delighted that Bruce Guenther has accepted our call to provide leadership at this critical moment. The mix of gifts Bruce brings to the position – the ability to analyze, organize and mobilize – are precisely what we need to re-imagine how we will train and equip leaders for our churches, church plants, and global mission initiatives.”
Guenther takes on the role with deep trust in God and a sense of excitement.
“My 12 years of involvement within the MBBS system, and my connections with Canadian conference leaders have helped to generate a vision for what the future of an MBBS Canada could become, along with some sense of how such a vision might be achieved,” says Guenther. “I’m convinced of the necessity of an evangelical-Anabaptist theological education as part of the preparation of those training for professional Christian service within the Mennonite Brethren church.”
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