At Mennonite Church Alberta’s annual delegate sessions in March 2018, Brenda Tiessen-Wiens and Margaret Kruger-Harder were appointed to represent the regional church on MC Canada’s Joint Council, which was created following the restructuring of the nationwide church in October 2017. (See more about the Joint Council here.)
“It’s an exciting time to be a part of Mennonite Church Alberta!” says Tiessen-Wiens, who replaces moderator Paul Neufeldt on the Joint Council. “After several years of anticipating changes to our regional and national church bodies, we are now realizing the opportunities that these changes will bring.”
As a member of Foothills Mennonite Church in Calgary, she is inspired by connecting with women in the congregation’s women’s theology class. Her volunteer time is spent teaching English with people from the Chin church, and serving on the mission and service committee, “both of which provide a taste of the richness and diversity of our congregations,” she says. “Over the next two years, I look forward to meeting more people in each of our church homes, as we grow together!”
Also a member of Foothills Mennonite Church, Kruger-Harder has lived in Calgary since 1987, when she moved from her teaching job in Mississauga, Ont., to teach at Menno Simons Christian School. She replaces Vince Friesen as MC Alberta’s member-at-large on the Joint Council.
During her teaching years, she took a two-year sabbatical to attend Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind., graduating with a master of theology and ethics degree and a certificate in conflict mediation.
She was involved with the Alberta Conference of Mennonites as education representative and on the Community Building Committee.
At Foothills, she has served on the board as education trustee and taught Sunday school for many years. Currently, she is on the worship committee, leads worship and preaches sermons.
She is excited about being part of the Joint Council to help set priorities and to represent the needs and gifts of the five new regional churches that, together, she envisions being a continual presence of God’s love in the world.