Former TC president to address 60+ group

Former Tabor College President Vernon Janzen will extol the virtues of scripture memorization in a dramatic presentation, ?Committing to Memory: A Discipline with Boundless Rewards,? during a special ?Centennial Home?coming Edition? of the Tabor College ?60+? Learning in Retirement Program, at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in the Wohlge?muth Music Education Center.

Admission is free for this special event, and the public is invited to attend.

?We wanted as many as possible to hear Vernon Janzen speak, so moving the program from Monday to Friday to capture the Centennial Home?coming crowd seemed like the best way,? said Connie Isaac, LRP director.

?It?s one of the many exciting events taking place at Tabor College during this historic weekend.?

Janzen, who served as Tabor?s president from 1980-1987, worked in the Mennonite Breth?ren denomination?s schools and churches for more than 50 years before his retirement in 2001.

He served as an instructor and principal at Immanuel High School, Reedley, Calif.; instructor and dean of students at Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, Calif.; and president at Tabor College.

He also ministered for 33 years in California MB churches at Selma, Reedley, Lodi and Visalia.

The California native earned an associate?s degree from Tabor in 1950. He later earned a bachelor?s degree and a master?s degree from Fresno (Calif.) State University, and a bachelor?s of divinity degree from the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, in Fresno, Calif.

Janzen?s wife, Genevieve, a piano instructor, accompanies her husband?s ministry. The couple has four sons and five grandchildren.

Discount cards for lunch in the cafeteria will be available at the door during the half hour before the meeting. For more information, contact Connie Isaac, coordinator at 620-947-3121, 947-5964, or

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