Gordon Janzen bids farewell to MC Canada

Dan Dyck
September 21, 2017
Mennonite Church Canada
Head and shoulders of man with trees in background
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Gordon Janzen, Director, Asia, Europe & Middle East Ministry for Mennonite Church Canada has announced that he is concluding his position as of Oct. 6, 2017.

Janzen served Witness International Ministry for 16 years, administering ministries and mentoring workers in Thailand, Palestine, Israel, China, Macau, Mongolia, India, Hong Kong, Philippines, South Korea, Vietnam, and more recently, the United Kingdom, Ukraine and Germany. The son of missionary parents in India, Janzen previously worked with Mennonite Central Committee in Lebanon and Egypt, and served for a time as a pastor in rural Saskatchewan and Manitoba, equipping him well for bridging ministry in multi-cultural and local settings.

“Leaving this work and my family of colleagues is bittersweet. It has been a real privilege to work with a wonderful and dedicated group of Witness workers, and to help facilitate connections with global church partners in diverse settings.” said Janzen. “At the same time, I’m excited to continue serving God and the church in a different way.”

Janzen, who has degrees in theology and agriculture, has accepted a position with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank as Regional Representative for Manitoba, based in Winnipeg. He will relate to volunteers and supporters to encourage awareness and fundraising activities such as growing projects that support the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and its member organizations seeking to reduce hunger and improve food security around the world.

Tim Froese, Executive Minister of Witness, said, “Gordon has been a long-time colleague and friend. I have greatly valued Gordon’s steadfast personal and programmatic support of our international workers and ministry partners, his collaborative work style, and his faithful walk and witness as a disciple of Jesus. I wish him all the best in his new role.”