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Our certificate in Mennonite Brethren studies provides you with an orientation to the Mennonite Brethren church and its Anabaptist heritage. It is designed for pastors who are being credentialed by the MB denomination as well as students who are interested in their own personal enrichment. The focus is on biblical theology with an evangelical Anabaptist orientation. 

Composed of courses designed by a team of Mennonite Brethren scholars, our curriculum has been approved by MB leaders for orientation to the church. The faculty teaches in a personal and hands-on manner and the certificate can be completed fully online.


  • Purposeful community of learners and leaders
  • Experienced and published faculty
  • Faculty who take great interest in student academic success
  • Anabaptist focused coursework and experiences
  • Option to study in Israel each summer
  • Option to attend the Hispanic Summer Program
  • Fully online program with some coursework offered in person
  • Fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • The Mennonite Distance Education Scholarship covers 100% of the online program for active members of Mennonite Brethren churches
  • 25% discount for Mennonite, Mennonite Brethren, and BIC church members and 75% additional discount for Mennonite Brethren Church Members and Attenders.

Program director

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Lynn Jost, Ph.D.

Professor, Program Director, Old Testament, Director of the Center for Anabaptist Studies


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Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Professor of Mission and Theology

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Tim Geddert, Ph.D.

Professor, Program Director, New Testament

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Brian Ross, D.Min.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Christian Ministry, Master of Divinity & Ministry Leadership and Culture

Admission requirements

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Course listing

Mennonite Brethren Studies (6 Units)

HIST 716The Evangelical Anabaptist Story Credits3
THEO 760Evangelical Anabaptist Confessions of Faith Credits3

Evangelical Anabaptist Studies (3 Units)

Choose one course

BIB 720The Church and God’s Mission in the World Credits3
THEO 730Discipleship and Ethics Credits2-3

Must be taken as a 3 unit course

BIB 750Old Testament Theology Credits3
BIB 752New Testament Theology Credits3

State Authorization

State authorization is a federal requirement in the HigherEducation Act that requires institutions to be authorized in the state in which online programs are offered. Fresno Pacific University works regularly with individual state authorization agencies to meet each state's requirements. Currently, Fresno Pacific University has received authorization to offer online degree programs in all but six states: Georgia, Michigan, New York, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

For the latest updates on the status of FPU's authorization in your state, contact your FPU Admissions representative.