Maranatha Bible School, founded in September, 1977, is sponsored by the Mid-West Mennonite Fellowship. This association is composed of congregations committed to the preservation and promotion of the Christian-Anabaptist heritage as brought to them through the Mennonite Church.
These congregations function basically on a congregational type of church administration, but recognize the need of a broader fellowship than the local congregation provides, to enable them to coordinate their efforts in the total mission of the church .
The school is under the directorship of a seven-member board. Five members of this board are chosen from and by the ordained brethren of the member churches of the Mid-West Mennonite Fellowship. Mid-Atlantic Fellowship and Southeastern Conference each appoint one member to the board. An annual meeting is held where the brethren of the sponsoring churches have a voice in making major decisions as they affect the Bible School, elect new officers, and are presented with an annual report of the school.