Schmidt joins MBF; Braun retires


Planned Giving Advisor staff changes 

MBF press release

MB Foundation (MBF), headquartered in Hillsboro, Kan., has announced the addition of Garvie Schmidt, formerly of Enid, Okla., to the staff as Planned Giving Advisor, following the retirement of Jack Braun, Hillsboro, Kan.

Braun retired as Planned Giving Advisor after 9 ½ years of service to MB Foundation and the Mennonite Brethren community. “When Jack transitioned to MB Foundation after 36 years at Tabor College, I knew he would immediately be productive. I asked him to give us at least 5 years, and he gave us 9 ½,” says Jon Wiebe, President & CEO. “Jack’s impact on this ministry and our MB community will not be known for many years, but he will be sorely missed. I wish him and Laverna the very best in retirement.”

Schmidt joined the MBF team on November 14, after serving in the pastorate for the last 28 years, the last 15 assenior pastor at Enid MB Church, Enid, Okla. Schmidt graduated from Tabor College and attended MB Biblical Seminary, graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1983.

As a Planned Giving Advisor, Schmidt will encourage charitable giving through current giving, estate planning and lifetime gift plans. Plus, he will provide MBF programs and services to individuals and ministries throughout the USB Central and Southern Districts.

“Garvie brings a heart for ministry & discipleship to our team along with a love for MB ministry," says Wiebe. "We look forward to him using his gifts and passions to help individuals and ministries meet their financial and charitable objectives.” 

Schmidt has enjoyed serving in the pastorate and now looks forward to serving with MBF in its ministry of generosity. “I am excited about joining MB Foundation," says Schmidt. "I look forward to helping those in the MB community with financial stewardship solutions.”


Schmidt is married to Diane (Wiens), formerly of Hillsboro. They have two children Nathan who works at Central Christian School in Hutchinson, Kan., and Heidi who is a missionary candidate with MB Mission to Peru.


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