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Outfitting MC Canada continues


Dec 21, 2001
Winnipeg, Man.- Mennonite Church Canada has made three new appointments to its Christian Witness team.

Shirley Redekop of Floradale, Ontario will be Director of Christian Service Ministries. She will work to ensure the continuing viability of existing Mennonite Voluntary Service (MVS) and short-term service programs, as well as begin to envision more carefully the full range of service ministries available to Canadians. Shirley and her husband Fred have had valuable experience in many aspects of Christian service, in Canada, the USA, and in Asia. She has also worked closely with youth and young adult ministries. Shirley's appointment is effective Feb. 1, 2002. Shirley will be dispersed staff, remaining in Floradale, Ontario, working half-time.

Raul Enns Bogoya, from Bogota, Colombia (more recently from Leamington, Ontario and Goshen, Indiana) will be Associate Director for MVS and short-term service ministries. Raul brings a strong interest in connecting congregational life with community service. Raul has extensive international experience, as well as work as a pastor, chaplain, and in small business. Raul and his wife Lisa are recent graduates of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS). Raul and Lisa are re-locating to Winnipeg, and Raul will be working out of the Winnipeg offices in this half-time position. His appointment is effective Feb. 1, 2002.

Stephen Plenert will be Constituency Connections Coordinator working from Mennonite Church Canada offices in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Plenert will be working with Marilyn Houser Hamm, Executive Director of Congregational Partnership, coordinating MC Canada's missional education efforts and the congregational partnerships in mission. Stephen brings a strong educational background from AMBS, and the kind of energy, creativity, and vision this kind of position requires. Stephen has a long history of intensive involvement with church and mission in many parts of the world. With his wife Janet and 3 children, he has worked in Africa and in Brazil. His appointment is effective Jan. 6, 2002.

Daniel Rempel will be Mennonite Church Canada communications office as web master and news writer, working three days per week. Daniel, with a strong interest and growing experience in the worldwide web, has been maintaining the MC Canada web site (two days per week) on a contract basis since Feb 1, 2001. In addition, Daniel contributes his experience of writing for the Canadian Mennonite for over a year. Daniel will begin his official appointment on Feb 1, 2002.

We thank God for leading us in our search for a qualified, experienced, and committed team.