Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Memorials: Reuben Menno Baerg

Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Memorials: Reuben Menno Baerg

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Reuben Menno Baerg was the third of five sons born to Frank and Elizabeth Baerg. The boys had an older sister. Born April 28, 1914, in Waldheim, Saskatchewan, Canada, Reuben moved in the third grade when his father took a teaching position in Hepburn, SK. Reuben came to know Christ at an early age, and by eighteen was singled out in the Mennonite Brethren Church as a "Helper in the Word." After some education at Bethany Bible Institute in Hepburn, graduation from Saskatchewan Teachers College and Winnipeg University with a B.A. in 1937, and earning his Th.B. degree in 1942 from Northwestern Schools in St. Paul, Reuben was ordained in Hepburn.

Reuben taught part-time at Mennonite Brethren Bible College during the mid-1940's, and for a year at Tabor College where he achieved another B.A. in 1948. The rest of his education came at Northwestern Schools with his B.D. in 1948, his Th.M. in 1950, and his Th.D. in 1952. He pastored the Strasburg Baptist Church, the Auberry Community Church, and the Buhler Mennonite Brethren Church in Kansas before moving to California. He served as dean and professor of NT Theology and Greek at Pacific Bible Institute from 1948-53, then for nine years as professor, dean, and later president of Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Fresno. He authored many articles, conducted evangelistic meetings, served on denominational boards, and was moderator of his denomination. …

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