MC Canada Executive Director to complete term after 8 years of service

Joint Council
May 7, 2018
Mennonite Church Canada
man with gray hair, mustache and glasses, wearing a suit and tie
Winnipeg, Man

After careful consideration and prayer the Joint Council discerned with Willard Metzger, Executive Director, that this was the time to seek new leadership for Mennonite Church Canada.  The announcement came on May 7 following the Joint Council meetings in Ontario on May 5 and 6. The Joint Council has appointed a Search Committee, chaired by Geraldine Balzer, to determine leadership needs and to find Metzger’s successor.

Since the beginning of his tenure in November 2010, Willard has continued to express a deep commitment to Christ and a love for the church”, says Calvin Quan, moderator of MC Canada. “We have been blessed by Willard’s leadership which many have described as being approachable, pastoral, and articulate.  He has a gift for connecting the diversity of cultures and generations reflected in our congregations across the country.  This has served us well in light of the major shifts experienced by the broader church and society over the recent years.”

”These years have included difficult but needed conversations. I feel honoured to have been part of the leadership entrusted with these processes,” stated Metzger.

In his eighth year of leadership, Metzger is the longest serving Executive Director in MC Canada.  He is deeply respected for his ecumenical work, representing MC Canada well in the Canadian council of Churches and the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, in addition to nurturing strong relationships with Mennonite Church USA, and Mennonite World Conference.  Given the strong mandate from delegates in the Future Directions process, Metzger also led a challenging structural transition that positions MC Canada well for our future together as a nationwide church. 

 “While we are still in transition, the appreciation expressed about the collaboration felt between Executive Ministers and leaders across the Regional churches is encouraging”, says Quan. “My hope is that the excitement we feel as the Joint Council, the possibilities we see for the future would be felt and experienced by people in all our local congregations across the country.   We’re thankful for Willard’s vision that brings us closer together as a nationwide community of faith, and we wish him the very best as he starts the next chapter of his ministry.”

Metzger will continue with MC Canada until Oct 31, 2018.  “My time with MC Canada has marked me, and I am a better leader and stronger person because of it. I thank God for this gift,” stated Metzger.