April Yamasaki named editor of ‘Rejoice!’

October 3, 2022

April Yamasaki has been named by MennoMedia as the new editor of the quarterly devotional magazine, Rejoice!. She replaces Leslie Hawthorne Klingler, who was the editor since 2013. Yamasaki is well known in both Mennonite Church Canada and MC U.S.A. for her writing and insight. Previously the editor of Purpose, her published books include Sacred Pauses, Four Gifts, Christ is for Us, and On the Way with Jesus. She is working on her fourth collection of sermons for publication in 2023. “I love engaging with readers and writers, and look forward to doing that on behalf of Rejoice!,” she says. “I’ve read and written for Rejoice! for years and am now eager to learn more about the publishing side as editor. . . . I pray that, by reading Rejoice!, people will grow as followers of Jesus—deepening their faith in God, developing a closer connection with Christian community, and finding inspiration to pray and live out their faith in daily life.” After 25 years of pastoral ministry at Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, B.C., Yamasaki is now a resident author with Valley CrossWay Church, a liturgical worship community also in Abbotsford. MennoMedia, the publishing arm of MC U.S.A. and MC Canada, began publishing Rejoice! in 1972.



April Yamasaki.




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