Michael Pahl has been appointed as the next executive minister of Mennonite Church Manitoba by the board of directors of the regional church. He will begin his new role on Jan. 1, 2021. “I’m excited to see what God is doing in the churches,” Pahl says. “We have been through some challenging times as [MC Manitoba] congregations, and we are facing new challenges with COVID-19. Yet many gifts have risen to the surface among us to meet those challenges—creativity in mission and theology, greater attentiveness to the needs of the vulnerable—and those gifts will serve us well going forward as congregations and as [MC Manitoba].” Pahl comes to the position having served as lead pastor of Morden (Man.) Mennonite Church since 2013. Prior to Morden, his professional journey moved between academia and congregational ministry. With a doctorate in theology (biblical studies) from Birmingham University (Birmingham, U.K.), various teaching posts and service in diverse congregations, he brings a wealth of thoughtfulness, experience and lived Anabaptist conviction to his new position. He is married to Larissa, with whom he has co-pastored, and they have four children.
—Mennonite Church Manitoba