Richard Showalter has resigned as president of Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM), effective in the fall of 2011. EMM Board Chair Joe Sherer says “Richard has been a strong and visionary leader with a passion to see the gospel go to areas without a Christian witness.”
Under Showalter’s leadership, EMM has focused special attention on sending witnesses to peoples and places where the church is “not . . . yet”; has developed joint missionary training programs and new mission-sending partnerships; and has encouraged the development of new mission groups among its international partners through the formation of the International Missions Association. Today EMM has 208 field and administrative personnel in 41 countries.
Theboard has appointed a search committee, which Joe Sherer will chair, and has engaged MHS Alliance, a Mennonite executive search firm, to support the search for a new president. Requests for information and applications may be directed to Kirk Stiffney at email@example.com. The Board thanks supporters for prayer during this leadership transition, and they intend to provide personnel with periodic updates on the search process.