MEA Hispanic seminary program reaches degree completion agreement

Seminario Biblico Anabautista Hispano (Hispanic Anabaptist Biblical Seminary, or SeBAH) announced on Sept. 4 it has reached an agreement with Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla., that will enable students who have completed a certificate of pastoral ministry to transfer credits into the university’s Global Leadership Bachelor of Arts program.

SeBAH was initiated in 2010 and is operated by Mennonite Church USA’s Mennonite Education Agency. Its online Spanish program has trained dozens of leaders from Hispanic Anabaptist congregations.

“Formal biblical and theological education is an essential component to increase the ministerial capacity of leaders and pastors,” said Marco Güete, director of MEA’s Hispanic Ministries programs. “This new partnership with a fully accredited and well-known university offers new opportunities for the SeBAH program and its students.”

Palm Beach Atlantic is an interdenominational Christian university accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

SeBAH graduates will be granted 36 hours of credit toward an undergraduate degree and be eligible for scholarships of up to $1,100 per semester.

MEA and SeBAH are pursuing similar agreements with MC USA-affiliated institutions. Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and Hesston College are in talks with MEA about recognizing SeBAH credits.

AMBS President David Boshart said recent accreditation standards make it easier for SeBAH students to pursue academic work at the seminary. AMBS’s accrediting body, ATS Commission, recently adopted changes that will allow the seminary to recognize SeBAH students’ PBA credits.

“The changes in accrediting standards will enable theological schools to meet the needs of their constituencies in more contextually appropriate ways,” Boshart said.

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