Bruce L. Guenther
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Millar College of the Bible
M.C.S. (English Literature and Theology)
Ph.D. (Canadian Religious History)
- 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. Andrewâ€™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.
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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.