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Distinguished Alumnus Passes Away
2010-01-29

Providence distinguished alumnus Glenn Penner, former CEO of Voice of the Martyrs, passed away on Jan. 26, after a seven-year struggle with cancer.

Glenn graduated from Providence Theological Seminary in 1991 with an MA in Specialized Ministry - Education and had started his Doctor of Ministry degree in 2005.

“I remember Glenn very well,” says Gus Konkel, president of Providence College and Seminary, “a very earnest student, had firm ideas, but who emerged well educated and knowing how to learn.”

Providence was privileged to interview Glenn for the school newspaper in spring of 2007. In the article, Glenn passionately urged people to recognize the reality of persecution in the world.
“There isn’t a ‘persecuted church’ and a ‘western church.’ We’re one church. Everything we’re reading today about missions, about the growth of the church in the developing world, tells us that the church is growing and that one of the characteristics of it is persecution. Not that the persecution is causing the growth, but the growth is causing the persecution.

“Most Christians in the world do not have the freedom we have, and you know what? It hasn’t slowed them down one bit,” said Glenn.

Glenn joined Voice of the Martyrs-Canada in 1997 and was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia just five years later. Thirteen years after starting at VOM, Glenn took on the role of Scholar-in- Residence/Executive Advisor (January 2010).

The Voice of the Martyrs Persecuted Church Weblog included a comment from Chief Operations Officer, Floyd Brobbel, which said, "Words can never completely convey what Glenn meant to me and over the years ahead I will cherish the memories of my time with Glenn. The meetings, the travel, the laughter, the tears, the heated discussions, the planning, the practical jokes, and the list goes on to form a wonderful tapestry Glenn wove into my life. I would not change a thing because it all narrows to one word for me, and that is 'friend.'"

To read the full article at The Voice of the Martyrs Persecuted Church Weblog, click here.

 
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