John Reimer has been appointed the operations director of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, as of Oct. 18. As a member of the executive staff team, he will give leadership to operational systems and processes to strengthen the regional church’s ministry supporting pastors and congregations to thrive. He will lead the development and implementation of the physical, technological, communications, financial and human resources needed to operate MC Eastern Canada. Previously, he worked in management with cause-related or faith-based organizations.
Mennonite Church Alberta is pleased to announce the hiring of Steven Giugovaz as church engagement minister. This half-time position has been created to build relationships between MC Alberta’s congregations, assist congregations in connecting to the ministries they share as a nationwide community of faith, and engage individuals in support of these ministries. Steven brings a passion for church unity and faith from an Anabaptist perspective to this ministry. He is excited about serving in a role designed to connect people in service through Jesus Christ. Steven will begin serving on Sept.
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.
Willard Metzger, the former executive director of Mennonite Church Canada, has been hired by Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) to be its next executive director. Metzger comes to this position after 18 years as an ordained MC Canada pastor before moving to World Vision Canada in 2005. After five years developing World Vision's brand new church relations program, he became MC Canada’s executive director, spearheading the consolidation of the denomination's five regions, a difficult task, but one that helped put the church in a firm financial position.
Marilyn Rudy-Froese says of her appointment as Mennonite Church Eastern Canada’s church leadership minister, “I do not take lightly the sacred trust that I am being given.” She brings more than 20 years of experience in pastoral and volunteer roles within the regional church and the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference.
Kuen Yee, pastor of English ministries at Edmonton Vietnamese Mennonite Church, has resigned her three-quarter-time position effective Oct. 31, 2016. Yee is Chinese and has an Alliance Church background. In September 2012, she began serving as the pastor of English ministries with Vietnamese Mennonites. She formerly served as a lay pastor at Edmonton Chinese Alliance Church.