After much prayer and discernment, the board of Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCC) is pleased to welcome Rick Cober Bauman to the role of MCC Canada executive director, effective October 10, 2017.
Cober Bauman has served with MCC since 1989 in a variety of capacities. For the past nine years, he has given leadership to MCC Ontario as executive director. Prior to that, he served in the roles of MCC Ontario program director and Aboriginal Neighbours program coordinator. From 1989 to 1992, he was an MCC voluntary service worker, overseeing education, advocacy and community development work in Sheshatshiu, Labrador.
“As MCC approaches its centennial celebration, the board is confident that Rick, with his unique gifts and abilities, will lead us well into our next century of ministry,” says board chair Peggy Snyder. “Rick has been with MCC for nearly 30 years. He brings with him a rich understanding of our work and constituency, as well as heartfelt compassion for those we serve. Rick is a team builder and motivator, and is able to relate well with diverse communities.
“We invite you to pray for God’s blessings on Rick and all of MCC,” says Snyder, “as we continue the work of relief, development and peace in the name of Christ.”
Cober Bauman and his wife Louise Cober are members of Tavistock (Ont.) Mennonite Church and have three adult children, Nicole, Jesse and Jared.
Cober Bauman will be based out of Ontario, while making regular trips to Winnipeg and other locations related to the work of MCC Canada. He replaces Don Peters, who retires at the end of September following 16 years as MCC Canada executive director.