The board of MB Biblical Seminary (MBBS) Canada announced the appointment of Bruce Guenther as president of the seminary, effective Feb. 1, 2012.
“God has gifted Bruce with a sharp mind, an enthusiastic, personable nature, and strong leadership abilities,” said board chair John Unger. “We’re confident his vision and drive will serve the seminary, the Canadian Conference of MB Churches (CCMBC), and our partner agencies very well in the years to come.”
During his term as interim president, Guenther renegotiated relationships with ACTS Seminaries and Canadian Mennonite University, strengthened partnerships with MB Mission and the church planting network, and developed infrastructure for MBBS Canada. In January, the board enthusiastically accepted his strategic plan to propel MBBS Canada into the future.
Guenther has an MCS from Regent College and a PhD in Canadian religious history from McGill University. He has served at MBBS-ACTS as associate professor of church history and Mennonite studies since 1999.
“Bruce strives to support his role at the seminary by living a life characterized by integrity, honesty, joy, holiness, humility, and faithfulness in Christian disciplines,” said Unger.
Guenther has been married to Lois since 1982; they have three children. For recreation and relaxation, he enjoys playing squash, coaching fast-pitch softball, riding motorcycle, watching movies, and reading.
Willy Reimer, CCMBC executive director, responded to Guenther’s appointment with enthusiasm. “Bruce brings a passion for graduate theological education as well as a love for the local church to his new role. I look forward to a very effective partnership between MBBS Canada and CCMBC in training pastoral leaders to transform Canada with the good news of Jesus Christ.”
Randy Friesen, general director of MB Mission, writes, “The MB Mission family values our partnership with MBBS Canada and are encouraged by the appointment of Bruce Guenther as our new seminary president. Bruce brings a love for the mission of the church and the equipping of pastors and leaders to his work. His unique window on church history will help us learn from the past even as we look to the future in our mission work together!”