MBBS: Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary

New president, slight decreases

At MB Biblical Seminary’s main campus in Fresno, Cal., enrollment this fall is 113, split fairly evenly between male and female students, for a full-time equivalent of 65. The numbers represent a decrease from the previous fall. Acting president since fall 2008, Dr. Franklyn “Lynn” Jost was appointed eighth president of the institution in June 2009, for a two-year term.

The seminary board is developing a partnership with Fuller Seminary as well as with Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kans.; Fresno (Cal.) Pacific University; MB Missions and Services International, and the U.S. and Canadian MB conferences.

The seminary also has satellite campuses at ACTS in Langley, B.C., and at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg. Forty-five students are enrolled in Langley, down from the previous year, but the full-time equivalent is higher.

At the Winnipeg Centre for Ministries Studies (at CMU), 34 students are enrolled in MA programs, 14 in the certificate in Christian Ministry program. Enrollment is down from fall 2008.

Of the 159 students enrolled at all three locations this year, 79 are from MB churches. More than 40 other denominations are represented by students coming from the U.S., Canada, and overseas.

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