Dagne Assefa Memorial Scholarship

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Dagne Assefa Memorial Scholarship

Those who knew Dagne Assefa (MDiv 1984) of Indianapolis, Indiana, remember him as a caring, fun-loving person who loved people and community — a lively storyteller with a sly humor, a radiant smile, and a kind, jovial spirit. 

Friends of Dagne from First Mennonite Church of Indianapolis started the Dagne Assefa Memorial Scholarship in his honor. The scholarship will provide funds for international students who are committed to pastoral ministry, with priority given to People of Color.

AMBS currently has more than 70 international graduate students; more than 30 of whom are Ethiopian students enrolled in MA cohorts through AMBS’s partnership with Meserete Kristos Seminary in Bishoftu/Debre Zeit, Ethiopia.

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If you prefer to donate by check, please make it payable to “AMBS,” note "Dagne Assefa Scholarship" in the memo line, and mail it to 3003 Benham Ave., Elkhart, IN 46517. 

More about Dagne

As a young adult in Ethiopia, Dagne worked for the budding Meserete Kristos Church (MKC) as an evangelist and pastor. To provide opportunities for the church’s youth, he helped found the Meserete Kristos Church Addis Ababa Choir, which continues today after nearly five decades of ministry.

Dagne went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Goshen College, a Master of Divinity from AMBS and a Doctor of Ministry from Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) in Indianapolis.

A passionate activist and community organizer, Dagne put his gifts and education to use, founding Shalom Mennonite Church in Indianapolis and faithfully pastoring the congregation for 24 years, until his retirement. He also served as a clinical supervisor for CTS students in the field of pastoral care.

Dagne died in September 2021 at age 71, leaving his wife of 36 years, Carol Weaver; daughters Lydette and Menan and their spouses; and a granddaughter.

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