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The board of directors of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), Elkhart, Indiana, has appointed a search committee for the seminary’s next president.
The Presidential Search Committee, chaired by AMBS board member Miriam Book of Lititz, Pennsylvania, will hold its first meeting Dec. 18 by video conference and its second meeting in person Jan. 9–10. The committee is charged with seeking a successor to Sara Wenger Shenk, Ed.D., who has served as president of AMBS since the fall of 2010 and plans to retire June 30, 2019.
The committee includes AMBS board members, teaching and administrative faculty members, and a student, as well as Mennonite Education Agency board members and a representative from Mennonite Church Canada (MC Canada), which owns the seminary jointly with Mennonite Church USA (MC USA). MEA will also contribute experience in presidential search processes by providing support services for the committee’s work.
“The Presidential Search Committee members were selected to ensure a wide representation of the voice of the church,” says Book. “The committee will work together to discern the leadership needs for AMBS and the church, keeping closely in mind the unique contributions that AMBS makes to the church, the local community and the global body of Christ. We invite your counsel and prayers as we assume this large task.”
Book noted that the committee members — which include AMBS alumni, pastors, church and educational leaders — are committed to the future of AMBS and Anabaptist education and are coming together from across the campus, the church, the United States and Canada to begin the work of calling a uniquely qualified person to lead the seminary. She added that the search committee will consult with both MC Canada and MC USA as the process moves forward.
The committee members are:
“The AMBS board is grateful to the members of the Presidential Search Committee for their commitment to this very important process; we look forward to the results of their work,” says AMBS board chair Bruce Baergen of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. “On behalf of the seminary, I ask that the church pray for this process and for all those who are involved.”
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