AMBS president to resign next June

Sara Wenger Shenk, president of Anabaptist Biblical Seminary (AMBS), has announced her retirement, effective June 30, 2019. She has served in this role since the fall of 2010. Bruce Baergen of Edmonton, board chair of AMBS, expressed gratitude for Wenger Shenk’s gifts in fostering team spirit and collegiality as new faculty and staff members have come on board, and for her “realistic, yet calm and encouraging” leadership in times of financial stress. Wenger Shenk has brought to her role as president her experiences as a missionary, church planter, teacher and administrator. Among her accomplishments at AMBS—which she is quick to note have been in large part team efforts is a Pivot of Hope curriculum revision that she initiated with Rebecca Slough, former academic dean, that resulted in the creation of a distance-learning option for the seminary’s master of divinity program. She also has been closely involved with the Hearts on Fire Capital Campaign that raised almost US$14.3 million, and with efforts to refine the seminary’s marketing strategies, which included a name change from “Associated” to “Anabaptist” Mennonite Biblical Seminary in August 2012. The AMBS board has appointed a search committee for the seminary’s next president. —AMBS

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