Ebenfeld pastor chosen as commencement speaker

Gaylord Goertzen, pastor of Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro, will address about 120 graduates on, “What is God’s Plan?” at Tabor College Commencement, May 19.

Born in Bakersfield, Calif., Goertzen spent most of his childhood years at the Bakersfield Mennonite Brethren Church (now Heritage Bible).

He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University, a master’s in psychology from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas; and a master of divinity from the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in


Goertzen has been senior pastor at Ebenfeld since 1988. Prior to that, he was pastor of the Balko (Okla.) Mennonite Brethren Church for 11 years.

Goertzen has written “Blessed By God,” a Sunday School quarterly published by Kindred Press. He is also a frequent writer for the Mennonite Weekly Review’s Sunday School Lesson devotional column and contributes articles to the Christian Leader magazine.

“I am honored that this year’s graduating class has asked me to speak at this year’s commencement,” Goertzen said. “I have enjoyed being part of the Tabor community and getting to know a number of the students and appreciate the opportunity to share with them one last time.”

Commencement exercises will be 10 a.m., Saturday, May 19, in the Tabor College Gymnasium.

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