ELKHART, Indiana (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary) — Andy Brubacher Kaethler, PhD, concluded 20 years of service at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Indiana, on Aug. 31, 2023. He began in September as lead pastor of Ottawa (Ontario) Mennonite Church in Canada.
Kaethler came to AMBS from St. Catharines, Ontario, in 2003 to launch !Explore: A Theological Program for High School Youth and to teach courses in faith formation and culture. He was appointed to the Teaching Faculty as Assistant Professor of Christian Formation and Culture in 2012 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2017. Additionally, he served as Associate Director of the Institute of Mennonite Studies (IMS), the seminary’s research agency, and as Co-editor of Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology.
“Andy has been a treasured teacher, scholar, pastor and colleague,” reflected Beverly Lapp, EdD, Vice President and Academic Dean. “He’s been a leader in nurturing AMBS’s knowing-doing-being framework. He also has been known for his open door, his presence at community events and his care for the full community.”