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Maranatha Baptist University was established in 1968 in Watertown, Wisconsin, as an institution to be “To the Praise of His Glory.” This motto, taken from the Bible (Ephesians 1:12), reflects Maranatha’s deeply held religious conviction that the primary purpose of every Christian is to glorify God through one’s chosen occupation and church membership, and by serving others in God-honoring ways.

The founder, Dr. B. Myron Cedarholm, envisioned a Christian college encompassing the broad inclusion of liberal and fine arts education. Originally founded as Maranatha Baptist Bible College signifying the centrality of biblical studies and local church engagement in its purpose, the name was changed to Maranatha Baptist University in 2014 to reflect more accurately to constituents the broad range of academic and career preparation programs offered while maintaining its founding purpose.

 

 

Maranatha maintains a strong set of spiritual and behavioral distinctives generally reflected in constituent churches.

Faculty members share a common core of biblical values and consider themselves conservative, independent Baptists.

Maranatha represents a community of faith that is deeply committed to its shared biblical values.

Maranatha attained regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission in February 1993.

Maranatha’s rigorous academics have prepared more than 6,000 leaders to take the mission of Maranatha across the globe.

Mission

Maranatha Baptist University exists to develop leaders for ministry in the local church
and the world “To the Praise of
His Glory.”

The mission of Maranatha comes directly from Ephesians 1:12, “That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.” Maranatha’s institutional mission and values are sourced in its faith-based, biblical values. The institution’s core identity as a conservative, Baptist institution of higher education has been well-maintained through its five decades of operation.

The Executive Office oversees the implementation of Maranatha’s strategic planning process, which advances the mission while maintaining a focus on student learning. The President and Chief Executive Officer ensure that every institutional action reflects a commitment to the mission and core values through established expectations and systems for accountability at every level. Maranatha’s executive leaders, board members, and leadership teams champion its commitment to fidelity, innovation, and continuous quality improvement.

Dr. Matt Davis

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. David Anderson

President

Dr. Marty Marriott

Chancellor

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

  • Matthew Davis* Chief Executive Officer, Watertown, WI
  • David Anderson* | President, Watertown, WI
  • Marty Marriott* Chancellor, Watertown, WI
  • Doug Jackson, Chairman* Pastor, Saginaw, MI
  • Kevin Ames Retired Businessman, Pacifica, CA
  • David Baldwin Businessman, Owosso, MI
  • Darrell Beernink Retired Businessman, Normal, IL
  • Stephen Burton Businessman, Chesapeake, VA
  • Andy Counterman | Mission Director, Burlington, IA
  • Michael Dean* Attorney, Brookfield, WI
  • Randell Gillespie | Businessman, Georgetown, TX
  • William Lincoln Retired Pastor, Watertown, WI
  • Bob Loggans* Pastor, Watertown, WI
  • Randy Melchert Jr. | Educator & Attorney, Menomonee Falls, WI
  • Zachary Mortimer Businessman, Shelocta, PA
  • David Oliver* | Pastor, Belding, MI
  • Mark Poorman* Pastor, Fridley, MN
  • Chad Prigge Pastor, Watertown, WI
  • Tim Schmig | Educator, Owosso, MI
  • Michael Stoltenberg Physician, Watertown, WI

*Indicates Executive Committee member

Board of Resource

  • Todd Abbey | Pastor, Fairfax Station, VA
  • Jeremiah Cochran | Pastor, Toney, AL
  • William Cover | Pastor, Houston, TX
  • Dave Schlagel | Pastor, Downers Grove, IL
  • Jesse Sherburn | Research Engineer, Vicksburg, MS
  • Joel Mikkelson | Pastor, Santa Maria, CA
  • Aaron Wilson Camp Director, Prudenville, MI

executive council

The Executive Council (EC), the institution’s highest internal policy-making and appellate body, is made up of the executive-level leadership of the institution. The EC meets regularly to address human resource issues and policy implementation. The EC represents an important safeguard on institutional policy while maintaining the connection to the strategic plan. The CEO serves as the Chair of the Executive Council.

 

  • Matthew Davis, JD, BS | Chief Executive Officer, Chair
  • David Anderson, DMin, MDiv, BA| President
  • Marty Marriott, DD, MDiv, MA, BS, BA | Chancellor
  • Donald Donovan, CPA, BS | Chief Financial Officer, Vice President for Business Affairs
  • Andrew Goodwill, PhD, MA, BA | Dean of Students and Faculty in College of Bible and Church Ministries and Seminary
  • William Licht, EdD, MA, MS, BA| Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Tim McPhillips, MA, BS | Vice President for Advancement

strategy council

The Strategy Council (SC) oversees the strategic planning process (implementation, project management, and revision), accreditation efforts (Higher Learning Commission requirements and tasks, program accreditation, compliance efforts), and institutional assessment (institutional outcomes, academic program review, operational department review). The CEO serves as the Chair of the SC.

 

  • Matthew Davis, JD, BS | Chief Executive Officer, Chair
  • Marty Marriott, DD, MDiv, MA, BS, BA | Chancellor
  • Jonathan Coleman, MEd, MA, BA | Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness
  • Dana Davis, MS, BS | Assistant Vice President, Online and Distance Learning
  • William Licht, EdD, MA, MS, BA | Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice Chair
  • Tim McPhillips, MA, BS| Vice President for Advancement
  • D. Lance Saxon Jr., BA | Registrar
  • Tom Graham, BA, MA, EdD | Dean of the School of Education

leadership council

The Leadership Council (LC) represents a vital nexus for the cross-flow of communication between departments and academic units. The LC is comprised of the directors of every major department and academic unit as well as the administration of the university. Department leaders communicate recent developments, share innovations, and promote upcoming events. The LC reports provide a free-flow of information on strategic direction and key organizational planning processes.

 

  • Matthew Davis, JD, BS | Chief Executive Officer
  • David Anderson, DMin, MDiv, BA | President
  • Marty Marriott, DD, MDiv, MA, BS, BA | Chancellor
  • Philip Alsup, EdD, MS, BS | Maranatha Baptist Academy Administrator
  • Ken Banks, WIP PhD, MABS, BA | Director of IT, Network Administrator
  • Melissa Chapman, BA | Director of Kiddie Kampus
  • Jared Chesley, BS | Facilities Manager
  • Jonathan Coleman, MEd, MA, BA | Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness
  • Dana Davis, MS, BS | Assistant Vice President, Online and Distance Learning
  • Luke DeWald, WIP DMIN, MA, BA |Director, Office of Student Activities
  • Donald Donovan, CPA, BS | Chief Financial Officer, Vice President for Business Affairs
  • Jennifer Dunlop, MA, BA | Library Director
  • Pam Fiocchi, BA | Director of Admissions
  • Karrie Flegal, MA, BA | Director of Guest Relations
  • Tracy Foster, DBA, MBA, BS | Dean, School of Business
  • Lane Hansel, EdD, MS, MS, BS | Chair, Department of Applied Science
  • Andrew Goodwill, PhD, MA, BA |Dean of Students
  • Tom Graham, DEdMin, ThM, MRE, BS| Dean of the School of Education
  • Tami Gunselman, MSN, MAT, MMIN, BS | Director of the School of Nursing
  • Emily Haynes, MA, BA | Dean of Women
  • Doug Bachorik, PhD, MM, BS | Chair, Department of Music
  • William Licht, EdD, MA, MS, BA | Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Tim McPhillips, MA, BS | Vice President for Advancement
  • Angela Morris, MS, BS | Chair, Department of Humanities
  • D. Lance Saxon, BA | Registrar
  • Jonathan Sheeley, MA, BS | Director of Communications
  • Robert Thompson, BS | Athletic Director
  • Matthew Uplinger, BBA | Director of Financial Aid
  • Peter Wright, MA, BS | Director of Student Recruitment, Director of Alumni Services

Commitment
Statements

Maranatha’s doctrinal statement originated in the first year of Maranatha’s existence. In 2009, the Bible faculty and seminary faculty created an expansion of the doctrinal statement and set forth the following declaration of its commitment to biblical truth and its application of that truth to the lives of its students, staff, and faculty.

Statement of Faith

Within our Statement of Faith, we have provided a short summary of our doctrinal positions. For more thorough descriptions, please read our Commitment Statements.

We believe in . . .

  • The verbal, plenary inspiration of the Old and New Testaments
  • God in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
  • The new birth in Christ alone
  • Baptism by immersion for believers only
  • The eternal security of the believer
  • The Lord’s Supper as a memorial
  • Six creation days of 24 hours each
  • The bodily resurrection of Christ and His bodily ascension into heaven, where He now intercedes for believers
  • The pretribulation rapture of all believers
  • The premillennial return and millennial reign of the Lord Jesus Christ
  • The judgment
  • The reality of heaven and hell
  • The local church as God’s institution to carry out the Great Commission
  • The obligation of every believer to live a holy life and witness to the lost of the saving power of Christ

Institutional Distinctives

Baptist
Maranatha stands without apology for the Baptist distinctives. Baptistic principles and polity are taught in the classroom and practiced in the personal ministries of each faculty member.

Biblical
Maranatha believes in verbal, plenary inspiration. The Bible is the sole authority for faith and practice and is inerrant in all matters it addresses. The literal, historical-grammatical approach to the interpretation of God’s Word is emphasized through the entire curriculum.

Dispensational
Maranatha emphasizes the pretribulational rapture of all believers and the premillennial return and reign of Jesus Christ. Students are warned about the errors of Reformed theology, and they are taught to “rightly divide the Word of Truth.”

Evangelistic
Maranatha challenges and prepares students to have warm soul-winners’ hearts and to build strong evangelistic churches. The faculty includes teachers who have many years of experience in building and developing soul-winning churches.

Local Church
Maranatha teaches that the local New Testament church is God’s ordained institution to carry out His work in this age. The primacy of the local church in scriptural teaching is emphasized in both doctrine and practice.

Separatist
Maranatha takes a clear-cut stand on separation from personal worldliness and ecclesiastical error. The leadership of the school has been and continues to be against all forms of modernism, inclusivism, neo-orthodoxy, new evangelicalism, and other forms of theological compromise.

Core Values

Excellence

Integrity

Unity

Fidelity

Charity

Balance

Learning

Leadership

Family

Excellence

Fidelity

Learning

Integrity

Charity

Leadership

Unity

Balance

Family

Excellence

The pursuit of excellence; maintaining a bias toward positive change involving growth and maturity; systematic improvements made by university personnel and individual departments as a natural outgrowth of performance feedback and institutional research (Philippians 3:13,14)

Integrity

Integrity, moral excellence, and a good testimony; students and college personnel living consistently according to biblical principles in the sight of God and men (II Corinthians 4:2, 8:21)

Unity

Unity within diversity governed by the parameters of biblical truth, welcoming individual talents, gifts, and viewpoints (I Corinthians 1:10, 12:11-26; Ephesians 4:16)

Fidelity

Fidelity to God and His Word by believing, practicing, propagating, and contending for the faith in accordance with our fundamental Baptist heritage and by adhering to the founding purpose, vision, and mission of the institution (I Thessalonians 5:21; II Timothy 1:13; Hebrews 10:23; Philippians. 2:16; Jude 3)

Charity

Charity and kindness to all (Luke 6:35-36; I Corinthians 13:4; Ephesians 4:32); communicating openly, honestly, and with encouragement; when confrontation is necessary, using messages that are guided by principles of care and edification (Ephesians 4:29)

Balance

Educational balance that focuses on the whole person; improving the mental, physical, spiritual, social, and aesthetic dimension of the individual (Luke 2:52, 10:27; Mark 12:30)

Learning

A biblically based process that includes study, discipline, listening, observation, and involvement to equip students to serve with competence in their chosen vocations (II Timothy 2:15; Ephesians 4:12)

Leadership

Service to God, the local church, and others; students and college personnel ministering and leading as a principle of life (Matthew 4:10; Luke 22:26-29; John 12:26; Galatians 5:13; Hebrews 9:14; 12:28)

Family

Family-friendly attitude; recognizing the importance, role, and sanctity of traditional family life to the well-being of university personnel and students (Ephesians 5:22-23)

Excellence

The pursuit of excellence; maintaining a bias toward positive change involving growth and maturity; systematic improvements made by university personnel and individual departments as a natural outgrowth of performance feedback and institutional research (Philippians 3:13,14)

Integrity

Integrity, moral excellence, and a good testimony; students and college personnel living consistently according to biblical principles in the sight of God and men (II Corinthians 4:2, 8:21)

Unity

Unity within diversity governed by the parameters of biblical truth, welcoming individual talents, gifts, and viewpoints (I Corinthians 1:10, 12:11-26; Ephesians 4:16)

Fidelity

Fidelity to God and His Word by believing, practicing, propagating, and contending for the faith in accordance with our fundamental Baptist heritage and by adhering to the founding purpose, vision, and mission of the institution (I Thessalonians 5:21; II Timothy 1:13; Hebrews 10:23; Philippians. 2:16; Jude 3)

Charity

Charity and kindness to all (Luke 6:35-36; I Corinthians 13:4; Ephesians 4:32); communicating openly, honestly, and with encouragement; when confrontation is necessary, using messages that are guided by principles of care and edification (Ephesians 4:29)

Balance

Educational balance that focuses on the whole person; improving the mental, physical, spiritual, social, and aesthetic dimension of the individual (Luke 2:52, 10:27; Mark 12:30)

Learning

A biblically based process that includes study, discipline, listening, observation, and involvement to equip students to serve with competence in their chosen vocations (II Timothy 2:15; Ephesians 4:12)

Leadership

Service to God, the local church, and others; students and college personnel ministering and leading as a principle of life (Matthew 4:10; Luke 22:26-29; John 12:26; Galatians 5:13; Hebrews 9:14; 12:28)

Family

Family-friendly attitude; recognizing the importance, role, and sanctity of traditional family life to the well-being of university personnel and students (Ephesians 5:22-23)

Reason Objectively
Apply Scripture Carefullly
Relate to Society Appropriately
Communicate Effectively
Serve Intentionally

Scientific Reasoning
Students will use scientific principles to draw empirical conclusions about the order of all creation.

Quantitative Reasoning
Students will apply quantitative skills to interpret data and solve problems.

Critical Analysis
Students will evaluate concepts from a biblical worldview with logical reasoning and intellectual honesty.

Biblical Interpretation
Students will interpret Scripture using the historical-grammatical method with carefully attention to the immediate and broad biblical context.

Doctrinal Defense
Students will defend the historical biblical faith.

Baptist Distinctives
Students will explain the Baptist distinctives in the context of Baptist history.

Cultural Awareness
Students will respond to the dynamics of culture with discernment while showing respect to all people as image-bearers of God.

Biblical Ethics
Students will make moral judgments based on biblical principles.

Historical Understanding
Students will analyze the influence of philosophical ideas on societal trends throughout history.

Written Communication
Students will write correctly and cohesively with compelling argumentation.

Oral Communication
Students will articulate ideas clearly and dynamically.

Servant Leadership
Students will apply the principles of biblical servant leadership.

Our History

Maranatha is an institution committed to the principles on which it was founded—the truth of God’s Word and an adherence to Baptist distinctives that sets it apart from other Christian colleges and universities. That commitment began in 1968, when Maranatha Baptist Bible College was established by Dr. B. Myron Cedarholm and his wife, Thelma.