Seminary giant dies

Henry J. Schmidt, president emeritus of Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, professor of evangelism and mission (1976–2003), and president (1993–2003), died peacefully Feb. 8 in Reedley, Cal. A memorial service was held Feb. 16 at Reedley MB Church.

Schmidt was a graduate of MB Bible College (Winnipeg) and MB Biblical Seminary (Fresno), and earned his PhD from the University of Southern California. He pastored in Onida, S.D., and served the U.S. Mennonite Brethren church in various roles, including conference evangelist and moderator.

Schmidt will be remembered as a man with a great heart for people, powerful vision, commitment to mentoring students and church planters, and a passion for his Lord.

—MBBS release

Responses to Schmidt’s legacy may be posted at
See also “Tribute: Henry Schmidt recognized for long-time contributions,” MB Herald, January 2009.

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