Former seminary president to address Tabor graduates

A former seminary president will be the keynote speaker at the commencement ceremony for the 136 students receiving degrees from Tabor College at 10 a.m., Saturday.

Larry Martens, former president of Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, Calif., will speak on the topic, “The Measure of Success,” taken from Mark 10:35-45.

“For Kingdom citizens, the measure of success is not prestige, power and prominence, but service” Martens said. “Our identity is shaped by our calling.

“Jesus did not choose the sword, the chariot, a white stallion or a throne. He could have…. But he put down the scepter and picked up the towel. Service defined his work.”

Martens, a resident of Fresno, earned his bachelor’s degree from Tabor College in 1958. He continued his education at the University of Kansas, MBBS and Southwestern Theological Seminary.

He served as pastor of Koerner Heights Church of the Mennonite Brethren in Newton, North Fresno Church, and most recently as interim pastor of First Mennonite Brethren Church, Wichita.

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