God has given Maranatha a wonderful heritage.
The men and women who have graduated from MBU have gone on to serve the Lord in ministries around the world. We keep in contact with many of our more than 5,000 graduates and a number of other former students through our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and monthly emails. We invite you to send us an update on your life and ministry, so we can share your news in the next Advantage Magazine.
Alumni National Project
Each year the Alumni Association adopts a national project to provide an addition to Maranatha’s campus. This year, the alumni can donate funds towards a pavilion for campus!
2020-2021 Completed Project: Fire Pit
2021-2023 In Progress Project: Pavilion
Daniel and Katrina Bonner
Daniel (’06, ‘19) and Katrina (Jackson ’05) Bonner live in MI. Daniel is the assistant pastor and principal of Community Baptist Christian School. During their free time Daniel and Katrina enjoy spending time with their three children sitting around a campfire, cutting down trees, walking their dogs, and building small construction projects.
Bethany Rose (’17) married Joe Rose shortly after graduating. His position in the Air Force has them moving frequently. The Roses have two children. Bethany has been teaching violin and says, “The training I received from MBU provided me the skills to adequately teach the next generation of musicians while continuing to grow as a musician myself.” The Roses are actively involved in their church where they both serve in the music ministry.
Hillary Renner (Lockhart ’12) is a nurse educator at Atrium Health Floyd where she oversees trauma education for the hospital system spanning three facilities in two states. She recently finished a master’s degree in nursing education. Her husband Tim is director of opera and assistant professor of voice.
Steve and Shannon Steuerwald
Steve (’94) serves at camp Ironwood where he oversees and runs the adult camps, security, and their ministry to sponsors. Shannon (’93) isthe principal of Ironwood Christian Academy and teaches English on the secondary levels. Steve and Shannon faithfully serve at Faith Baptist Church in the music ministry, young adult ministry, and women’s ministry. Their three children and two daughters-in-law all graduated from MBU.
Michael Whitteberry (’12) and his wife Melanie live in West Michigan. Since graduating, Michael started his first full time job as a CPA, married Melanie in 2014, and now they have 4 kids – Marcus, Josiah, Megan, and Jessica. Mike is still working as a full-time CPA as he also works on an MBA. He and his wife help in the kid’s ministry at their local church where Mike also serves on the deacon board.
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The Maranatha Alumni Association operates solely on member donations. Each membership donation helps fund alumni communications, alumni gifts, alumni gatherings on campus and at regional locations, and receptions at Christian education conventions.