The board of directors of MB Biblical Seminary announced the appointment of Franklyn “Lynn” Jost as 8th president of the seminary, for a 2-year period, effective June 1, 2009.
Jost has served as acting president since September 2008. “Lynn is a proven and much-appreciated churchman and Bible teacher,” said Ed Boschman, executive director of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.
Jost will lead the seminary through the work of reshaping itself, exploring partnership with other institutions with the goal of strengthening the seminary’s mission while simplifying operations and expanding access to students. Talks have taken place between the seminary and denominational undergraduate schools (Fresno Pacific University, and Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kans.), and partnership options are being discussed with Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Cal.
Jost holds an MDiv from MB Biblical Seminary and a PhD in preaching and Old Testament from Vanderbilt Divinity School. He, with his wife Donna, served for a decade as pastor in California and in Kansas. From 1990–2006, Jost was professor of biblical studies at Tabor College. He has contributed to the life of the MB denomination through work on national and global boards.
“I am glad to lead a seminary that is strongly evangelical….I am pleased to lead a seminary that is also thoroughly Anabaptist,” says Jost.
“We are glad to have Dr. Jost’s leadership in this mission and ask for the strong support, faithful prayer, and generous giving of those the seminary serves to vigorously engage this mission,” said Jack Falk, MBBS board chair. A public inaugural event is planned for November 2009.