MB Biblical Seminary is delighted to announce the appointment of
Rick Bartlett as the Ministry Quest program director effective June
2003. Ministry Quest is a program giving High School Youth the
opportunity to explore ministry as a vocational option. Ministry Quest
is the High School component of the "Hearing The Call" project directed
by John Neufeld. In addition to Directing Ministry Quest, Rick will
teach courses and lead seminars in youth ministry, leadership
development and discipleship.
The MBBS Presidential Search Committee is pleased to report the
completion of the information gathering process begun in mid-November
2002. Of the approximately 700 surveys distributed, 45% were returned;
half from Canadian respondents, the other half from U.S. respondents.
During a telephone conference meeting on January 13, the committee
reviewed the data tables compiled by its consultant, Rebekah Basinger.
An extensive discussion of the results and their impact on the
presidential profile produced a preliminary profile. (Detailed survey
On September 13, 2002, Dr. Henry Schmidt announced his resignation
as President of Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, effective June
15, 2003. Dr. Schmidt became the sixth president of the MBBS in Fresno,
California in 1993, having served on the faculty of MBBS for a total of
34 years. Board of Directors' Chair Cal Bergen says, "It is with
profound regret that we accept Dr. Schmidt's resignation. He has been a
strong leader over the past decade, and has reshaped the seminary,
bringing it closer spatially and philosophically to our constituencies.
Henry Schmidt, President of Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary has
announced his resignation, effective June 15, 2003. Dr. Schmidt is
presently completing his tenth year as President of MBBS and his 34th
year at the seminary. The Board of Directors acknowledges with
gratitude the significant leadership and teaching gifts Henry has
brought to MBBS. He has led the seminary through a decade of monumental
change and has done it with effectiveness and distinction. The Board is
grateful to God for the many years of faithful service Henry has given
Pastors from around Fresno and students from Fresno Pacific University and Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary came together to enjoy “In the Presence of the Holy,” a broadcast preaching seminar hosted by Professional Growth Seminars, a ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The university and seminary hosted the local event, which took place April 3 on the FPU campus. Speakers were Marguerite Shuster, Calvin Miller, Ron Smith and Morris Venden.