Palmer Becker of Kitchener, Ont., a long-time church leader, pastor, missionary, church planter, author and educator, was named the recipient of the 2018 Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) Alumni Ministry and Service Recognition Award. Becker, who earned a Master of Religious Education degree from Mennonite Biblical Seminary (MBS, now AMBS) in 1965, received the award on April 29 at Waterloo North Mennonite Church, his home congregation.
“Much of Palmer’s recent work has been in interpreting Anabaptism, both in North America and around the world,” says Janeen Bertsche Johnson, alumni director and campus pastor. “This was a key contribution that led us to select him.”
Becker is the author of 15 books, including the widely used booklet, Missio Dei No. 18: “What is an Anabaptist Christian?” and an expansion of that resource called Anabaptist Essentials: Ten Signs of a Unique Christian Faith.
Becker is currently introducing a 16-session discipleship and renewal resource, “Begin Anew,” to regional conferences and local congregations.
“It’s an honour to be recognized for living out core values that were, in a major way, instilled in me at MBS,” he says. “I hope this recognition will be a witness to prospective church workers who are looking for a training program that has a passion for biblical studies, Anabaptist theology and peacemaking.”