Bruce L. Guenther


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BruceGuenther-C

Associate Dean of the MB Seminary
Professor of Church History and Mennonite Studies


Diploma
Millar College of the Bible

B.A.
Providence College

M.C.S. (English Literature and Theology)
Regent College

Ph.D. (Canadian Religious History)
McGill University

  • Church History
  • Mennonite History
  • Culture and Religion
  • Evangelical Protestantism in North America
  • Church History
  • Mennonite Studies
  • Christianity and Culture
  • “Reflections on Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Anabaptist Identity.” In Renewing Identity and Mission: Mennonite Brethren Reflections After 150 Years, eds. Abe Dueck, Bruce L. Guenther, and Doug Heidebrecht, 47-82. Winnipeg: Kindred Productions, 2011.
  • “From Isolation and Ethnic Homogeneity to Acculturation and Multi-cultural Diversity: The Mennonite Brethren and Canadian Culture.” Direction 39, No. 2 (Fall 2010): 138-161.
  • (With Abe Dueck) “The Mennonite Brethren in Canada.” Chapter in The Mennonite Brethren Church Around the World: Celebrating 150 Years, ed. Abe Dueck, 49-71. Kitchener: Pandora Press, 2010.
  • (With Kevin O’Coin) “David Ewert: A Bible Teacher and Scholar for the Church.” Chapter in Leaders Who Shaped Us, ed. Harold Jantz, 231-242. Winnipeg: Kindred Productions, 2010.
  • “Life in a Muddy World: Historical and Theological Reflections on Denominationalism.” In New Perspectives in Believers Church Ecclesiology: Congregationalism, Denominationalism and the Body of Christ, eds. Abe Dueck, Helmut Harder and Karl Koop, 51-72. Winnipeg: CMU Press, 2010.
  • “Pentecostal Theological Education: A Case Study of Western Bible College (1925-1950).” In Canadian Pentecostalism: Transition and Transformation, ed. Michael Wilkinson, 99-122. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009.
  • “From the Edge of Oblivion”: Reflections on Evangelical Protestant Denominational Historiography in Canada.” Presidential Address. Historical Papers: Canadian Society of Church History (2008): 153-174.
  • “Mark Noll, What Happened to Christian Canada?: A Response from an Anabaptist Perspective.” Church and Faith Trends 2, No. 1 (October 2008).
  • In 1999, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary appointed Bruce Guenther as their first faculty member within ACTS Seminaries located on the campus of Trinity Western University (Langley, BC).
  • Bruce has long been active in professional Christian service beginning shortly after his college graduation when he served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) in Saskatchewan (1982-86). The ministry with IVCF nurtured a broader intellectual curiousity, which led to further education at both Regent College (Vancouver) and McGill University (Montreal).
  • Prior to his appointment with MBBS, Bruce taught as a sessional lecturer in numerous schools including Briercrest Seminary, St. Andrew’s College, University of Saskatchewan, Bethany College and McGill University.
  • In addition to his educational credentials, ministry and teaching experience, Bruce has worked as a camp director, free-lance writer and researcher, farmer, and public school board trustee.
  • Although his initial understanding of the Mennonite story was shaped by his early childhood and adolescent experience as a part of an Old Colony Mennonite family, it was a series of research projects, and his entry into the Mennonite Brethren denomination in 1994 that initiated a keen interest in understanding better the evangelical-Anabaptist theological identity of the denomination.
  • Since 2008 he has also been active in academic administration, most recently as interim president of the newly formed Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary Canada.

 604.513.2121 x 3854
bruce.guenther@twu.ca


Bruce has been married to Lois since 1982; they have three children. For recreation and relaxation Bruce enjoys playing squash, coaching fastpitch softball, riding motorcycle, watching movies and reading.

As a seminary professor he sees himself as a bridge that conveys helpful insights about the study of religion within the academy to leaders in the church, and that conveys a fuller understanding of Christianity and its adherents to the academy.