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On behalf of Mennonite Church Canada, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Katie Doke Sawatzky as Communications Officer for the nationwide Church. Katie brings extensive experience as writer, reporter and editor as well as a Masters degree in journalism to this role. She lives with her family in Regina from where she will be working. Katie joins a team of Communicators representing the five Regional Churches which comprise Mennonite Church Canada.

November 6, 2018
Executive Minister

Winnipeg, MB - Mennonite Church Canada is pleased to announce that Doug Klassen has accepted our call to the position of Executive Minister. “It is an exciting time in Mennonite Church Canada. I want to help inspire a vision for what it means to be a nationwide church. I firmly believe that congregations are the foundational unit of the church and that congregational revitalization is critical,” says Doug. “There is a hunger in our culture for a witness to Jesus Christ that is rooted and grounded in love.”

November 6, 2018
Call to prayer with Star of David

MC Canada, on behalf of the Regional Churches, is inviting all congregations to join in a nationwide call to prayer for comfort and strength for our Jewish faith communities, particularly those here in Canada and the USA. In the wake of the Pittsburgh massacre of Jewish worshippers this week, all congregations in MC Canada are being asked to pray this Sunday for Jewish faith communities that have been impacted by this act of violence.

November 2, 2018
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The search committee is happy to announce that Henry Paetkau has agreed to serve as the Interim Executive Minister for Mennonite Church Canada. Henry will begin his employment on October 16, 2018 and continue until a permanent Executive Minister is in place.

August 22, 2018
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Hippolyto and Miriam Tshimanga, along with their sons Emmanuel (15) and Joshua (10), returned to Canada on June 2, 2018 after completing a two-year term in South Africa. Years earlier, Grace Community Church (GCC) in South Africa extended an invitation to Mennonite Church Canada for a Witness Worker Team that could strengthen their Anabaptist identity. “Hippo and Miriam were the obvious choice,” says Executive Director Willard Metzger, as Hippolyto had already served as Director of African Ministries for 11 years.

August 8, 2018

“We are grateful for the depth of leadership and commitment Norm & Lillian and Gregory & Jennifer have brought to their work with Witness,” says Willard Metzger, Executive Minister of Mennonite Church Canada. “The words in Matthew 25 come to mind: ‘well done good and faithful servant.’”

May 10, 2018
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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.

May 7, 2018
Mennonite Church Eastern Canada Logo

“It’s my dream and vision that all Burmese people will have an understanding of these teachings,” said Pastor Jehu Lianching at the release of the Hakha-Chin translation of the Confession of Faith in an Anabaptist Perspective. “Today we celebrate the release of the Hakha-Chin translation, and in a few years we will celebrate the Burmese translation in Myanmar!” “And you’re all invited!” quipped Brian Bauman, MCEC Mission Minister.

February 14, 2018
The Joint Council of Mennonite Church Canada

The Joint Council with updated members and positions.

October 20, 2018

Delegates strongly approved significant restructuring for Mennonite Church Canada. A 94% approval will result in staff reduction and program realignment to Regional Churches serving congregations.

The staff positions which will continue in the new structure are:

October 19, 2017