Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary (Canada)
MBBS Canada is a graduate theological school, preparing persons for Christian ministry through partnership in ACTS, the Canadian Mennonite University, and the Journey Centre in Edmonton.
The mission of MBBS Canada is to educate and equip people who help lead the church in reaching Canada and the world with the good news of Jesus Christ.
The history of MBBS Canada is connected to that of the former Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, founded in 1955 in Fresno, CA by the US Mennonite Brethren Conference. In 1975 the Canadian Mennonite Brethren Conference became a partner in the school. In 1995, MBBS started the BC Centre in Abbotsford, BC, which became in 1999 “one seminary in three locations” when it became a full member of the ACTS consortium, and a part of the Winnipeg Centre for Ministry Studies.
In 2010, when the MBBS Fresno campus was amalgamated into Fresno Pacific University and the formal connection between MBBS at ACTS and MBBS Fresno was lost, the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, desiring to continue to devote resources to theological education in Canada, formed a new institution, and the Mennonite Brethren representation at ACTS became a part of the new MBBS Canada in 2011.
As of April 2012, MBBS at ACTS has graduated over 130 students serving in fields such as pastoral ministry, workplace chaplaincy, overseas missions, Bible translation, and higher education leadership.
MBBS Canada’s theological identity is shaped by connections to both the Anabaptist- Mennonite tradition as well as the evangelical Protestant tradition, framed by four biblical-theological foci:
- that Jesus Christ is the Lord of creation and redemption, and the foundation for the faith and life of the church (resulting in Christ-centred education);
- that the church is the community made up of people called out by God and sent into the world as ministers of reconciliation who exemplify and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ (resulting in Church-centred education);
- the Bible is the uniquely authoritative guide for Christian faith and a life of discipleship (resulting in Bible-centred education);
- that the mission of the church is to disciple and equip all believers for their unique ministry in a diverse multi-cultural world (resulting in culturally aware mission- and ministry-centred education).
Faculty and Administrators:
- Bruce Guenther, Ph.D. President(MBBS Canada), Associate Professor of Church History and Mennonite/Anabaptist Studies
- Brian Cooper, Ph.D. Associate Dean, Assistant Professor of Theology (MBBS Canada)
- Pierre Gilbert, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology (MBBS-CMU)
- Randy Wollf, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Leadership Studies
- Doug Berg, Ph.D. Adjunct Faculty (Academic Dean, Columbia Bible College)
- Ray Bystrom, D.Min. Adjunct Faculty
- Paul Cumin, Ph.D. Adjunct Faculty (Pastor, Pemberton Christian Fellowship)
- Michael Szuk, Ph.D. Candidate, Adjunct Faculty (Faculty, Biblical Studies, Columbia Bible College)
- Ron Toews, D. Min. Adjunct Faculty (Director of Leadership Development, BCMB)
- Mark Wessner, Ph.D. Adjunct Faculty (Senior Pastor, Westwood Community Church)