MB Biblical Seminary Graduates 48 Students

By Megan E. Richard

This spring MB Biblical Seminary presented degrees to 48 students at its three campuses, including its first graduate from the Doctor of Ministry program and the first two graduates from the Winnipeg Centre for Ministry Studies.

Two students from the Winnipeg Centre for Ministry Studies received their Certificate in Christian Ministry in Winnipeg, Manitoba on April 22 during a joint ceremony with graduates of Canadian Mennonite University. Dr. Henry Janzen, a research scientist with the Environmental Health Program of Agriculture Canada, gave the commencement address.

The Langley, British Columbia campus graduated 15 students during their ceremony at South Delta Baptist church in Delta, BC on April 21. Dr. Phil Zylla, Principal of Associated Canadian Theological Schools (ACTS) gave the commencement address and MB Biblical Seminary Master of Divinity graduate Melissa Lane provided the student testimony. Daniel Beutler, born and raised in Switzerland, became the first MB Biblical Seminary graduate to receive the Doctorate of Ministry Degree. Beutler serves at Linden MB Church in Alberta as Pastor of Congregational Life. MB Biblical Seminary is one of six seminaries that make up ACTS, located on the campus of Trinity Western University.

The Fresno graduation ceremonies were held Sunday, April 29 at Fresno First Baptist Church. Nine students received their Master of Divinity Degree, twenty-one the Master of Arts Degree and one was presented with a Diploma. Dr. John E. Toews, MB Biblical Seminary Professor and Academic Dean Emeritus, gave the commencement address. Toews' talk, entitled Playing with Snakes, Isaiah 11:1-9 challenged students to share the knowledge of God wherever they go and to walk in a way that creates safe places for others. Student responses to the graduating class were given by Paul Bartel of Fairview, Oklahoma; Beth Conkle of Fresno, California; and Mathias Duck of Asuncion, Paraguay.

The Fresno campus' annual Community Service Award was presented to Gerre Brenneman, Executive Director of Evangel Home, a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve women and children in crisis in the Fresno area.

Through its campuses in Fresno, California; Langley, British Columbia; and Winnipeg, Manitoba, MB Biblical Seminary inspires and equips men and women to live as disciples of Jesus Christ, and to serve and lead in the church and in the world.

Posted: May 15, 2007