Lymburner elected chair of Canadian Mennonite Publishing Service

August 24, 2023 | News | Volume 27 Issue 17
Tobi Thiessen | Publisher
Kathryn Lymburner

On May 13, Canadian Mennonite Publishing Service (CMPS) held its 52nd AGM via video conference. CMPS is the non-profit body that publishes Canadian Mennonite magazine.

Kathryn Lymburner of Stouffville, Ontario, was elected chairperson, replacing Henry Krause of Langley, B.C. Krause leaves the board after nine years, six as chairperson. In his final report, Krause said: “I continue to be optimistic that [CMPS] can meet the challenges before us. . . . We have excellent staff and a vision for strengthening and supporting the church in its various forms and ministries across the country.”

Lymburner brings to her role as chairperson 10 years of experience as editor/publisher at Blue Line magazine. She is also a photographer. Lymburner attends Rouge Valley Mennonite Church.

“[Canadian Mennonite] is the go-to hub for Mennonites in Canada,” said Lymburner. “This unifying voice is valuable for the denomination. I look forward to supporting the publication as it reimagines how we share news with an Anabaptist lens through various platforms.”

Also elected to the executive committee are Karen Heese of Markham, Ontario, as vice-chair; Aaron Penner of Winnipeg as treasurer; and Annika Krause of Montreal as secretary.

Two new people were elected to the board: Donna Schulz of Rosthern, Saskatchewan, and Brenda Suderman of Winnipeg, who replaces Ken Reddig. Art Koop of Edson, Alberta, was re-appointed to a third three-year term.

Two directors continue their terms: Lois Epp of Calgary and Alex Tiessen of Rosthern. During the year, Carl DeGurse of Winnipeg and Eun Young Kwon of Surrey, B.C., stepped down from the board, leaving vacancies that have yet to be filled.

In 2022, CMPS reported a deficit of $1,300 based on revenue of $766,600 against expenses of $767,900. Members of the public who donate $25 during the year may register to attend the annual meeting and vote on proceedings. The annual meeting is held in May. CMPS publishes its annual report on its website ( 

Tobi Thiessen serves as publisher of Canadian Mennonite. She can be reached at

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