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Publisher and president of Mennonite Publishing House resigns

Dennis M. Good

NEWTON, Kan.—Dennis M. Good has announced his intention to step down as publisher and president of Mennonite Publishing House effective June 1, 2002. He has served in that role since August 2001.

"Dennis brought to denominational publishing an important continuity of leadership experience during the initial months of transition to a single denominational publisher," said Ron Sawatsky, interim Mennonite Publishing House board chair and moderator of Mennonite Church Canada. "We commend Dennis for his dedicated and conscientious work amidst a very difficult financial environment for denominational publishing.

"Dennis has been known by all who have worked with him as an impassioned advocate for the importance of publishing to the Anabaptist witness in the world. As a board, our challenge will be to find a new long-term leader for Mennonite Publishing House who can match that."

On February 1, 2001, Faith & Life Press, the former General Conference Mennonite Church publisher based in Newton, merged with Mennonite Publishing House, the former Mennonite Church publisher, based in Scottdale, Pa. Good initially became executive vice president of the merged entity, before assuming the chief executive role from J. Robert Ramer six months later.

"On behalf of the wider church in the United States and Canada, the board of Mennonite Publishing House conveys to Dennis its sincere appreciation for his years of loyal service to the denomination and its various publishing ministries," said Ervin Stutzman, interim vice chair of the MPH Board and moderator of Mennonite Church USA.

Good transitioned from a long career in private business to become director of finance and operations for Faith & Life Press in July 1996. In November 1997, he was appointed executive secretary of the General Conference Commission on Education and publisher of Faith & Life Press. In that capacity, he oversaw major aspects of the merger of the two denominational publishers.

Prior to his roles in the Mennonite Church, Good served six years as a member of the General Board of the Brethren in Christ Church. He attended Goshen (Ind.) College and is a graduate of the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He lives in North Newton, Kan., with his wife, Dorcas.