Wendell Loewen to oversee program aimed at calling out young leaders
Joint news release from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary and Tabor College
Ministry Quest (MQ), the program developed in 2002 by MB Biblical Seminary to help young people hear and act on God’s call, is finding a new home at Tabor College, the Mennonite Brethren college located in Hillsboro, Kan. Professor Wendell Loewen will oversee the program and is working to keep MQ moving forward as seamlessly as possible.
“Ministry Quest provides Tabor College with a wonderful opportunity to partner with our congregations to call out young leaders and shape the future of the church,” says Loewen.
The MQ vision is to “transform lives through the power of a call.” MQ has worked with more than 115 churches and nearly 300 high school participants across North America. Every student has been mentored by someone from his or her congregation, resulting in strengthened disciple-making leaders in the local churches.
“Ministry Quest is an ideal mission fit for Tabor,” says Tabor College President Jules Glanzer.“Since our inception, we have trained men and women for ministry in the local church. Ministry Quest helps us to continue to fulfill our mission of preparing people for a life of learning, work and service for Christ and his kingdom.”
Supporting the shared vision of calling out young people to ministry and service, the memo of understanding which formalized the transfer was signed by Seminary Dean Lynn Jost, Steve Prieb, seminary advancement (Midwest), Glanzer and Loewen. The Tabor College Board of Directors approved the transfer at their February meeting.
D. Merrill Ewert, president of Fresno Pacific University, which now includes Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary (formerly MBBS), affirms the transfer. “Fresno Pacific, Tabor College and the larger MB church family share a mission to equip leaders for Christ,” he says. “I am pleased that Tabor College will continue the task of helping churches call out young leaders through the Ministry Quest program.”
Ministry Quest will function in Canada under the auspices of the Canadian MB Conference.