The Goshen College Board of Directors and Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) Board of Directors reappointment James E. Brenneman as president of Goshen College for a third four-year term.
Brenneman’s reappointment, which begins July 1 and continues through June 30, 2018, was recommended by a Presidential Review Committee.
The reappointment was made at the May 30-31 GC Board of Directors and the June 2 MEA Board of Directors’ meeting. MEA, located in Elkhart, is the education agency of Mennonite Church USA.
“This action reflects our strong support for President Brenneman and his vision, which we share,” said Rick Stiffney, outgoing chair of the GC Board of Directors. “We believe that Goshen College offers the world an important Christ-centered, interdisciplinary, intercultural and international education from an Anabaptist perspective. He is the right leader for the college at this time to carry that vision forward.”
Brenneman is the college’s 16th president and began serving in this role in 2006.
“I am humbled and honored to accept my reappointment to another term as president of Goshen College, to which I continue to feel deeply called,” said Brenneman, a 1977 GC graduate. “I am especially thankful for the wide support I have received as visionary-in-chief during this helpful review process.”
Born in Kalona, Iowa, and raised in Tampa, Fla., Brenneman graduated from Goshen College and he completed a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1982. At Claremont Graduate University, he earned a master of arts degree in religious studies in 1991 and a doctorate in 1994.
Ordained in 1986 as a credentialed Mennonite minister, Brenneman was the founding lead pastor of Pasadena (Calif.) Mennonite Church, and spent 20 years there. An Old Testament scholar, he also served on the faculty of Episcopal Theological School at Claremont (Calif.), the Claremont School of Theology and Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, Calif.)
Brenneman is the author of On Jordan’s Stormy Banks: Lessons from the Book of Deuteronomy (Herald Press, 2004) and Canons in Conflict: Negotiating Texts in True and False Prophesy (Oxford University Press, 1997).
He is married to Dr. Terri J. Plank Brenneman, a clinical psychologist and also a 1977 GC alumnus. They are the parents of Quinn, a recent high school graduate.