Rick Bartlett, Fresno, Calif., has been named the first director of the theological education program at Tabor College.
Bartlett also will serve as an assistant professor of ministry and provide direction to the Christian ministry undergraduate program and the newly created master’s degree being offered in entrepreneurial ministry leadership.
“We are blessed to have Rick Bartlett provide leadership and expertise as we begin a new chapter at Tabor College,” said Jules Glanzer, Tabor president. “Rick has a rich understanding of our Anabaptist heritage and brings practical experience in ministry and theological education.”
The graduate theological program, which Bartlett will be developing and implementing beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, was made possible in part by funding that was provided by the U.S. Mennonite Brethren Conference and Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary for the purpose of serving the denominational constituency with distance theological education.
Bartlett expressed excitement for the new position.
“I am honored for the new opportunity at Tabor College,” he said. “It is an exciting time. Developing programs that will help people achieve their goals of advanced degrees in ministry, and be able to serve the Lord in greater capacities, is a wonderful opportunity, in which I am blessed to play a role.”
Tabor College is participating with other Mennonite Brethren institutions of higher learning in providing courses in Anabaptist history, theology and principles. Bartlett will administer this program as well.
Bartlett comes to Tabor after serving as the lead pastor for the Bethany Church in Fresno. He has also served as the dean of students and director of constituency relations at FPBS, and as director of Ministry Quest, while teaching at the seminary as well as Fresno Pacific University.
Bartlett holds a doctorate of ministry degree from George Fox Evangelical Seminary, a master of divinity degree from FPBS and a bachelor of arts from Fresno Pacific.
He and wife Karen have two children.