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Staff transitions at MC Canada


May 21, 2003

Winnipeg, Man.—Four staff persons at MC Canada are making transitions this summer.

Kathy Giesbrecht, a long-time friendly voice on the phone at MC Canada’s Resource Centre will end her half-time work there this summer. She will continue her youth ministry at Springstein Mennonite Church (Manitoba). Giesbrecht was recently ordained by her faith community at Springstein and re-affirmed in her work there. She has been working at the Resource Centre for 6 years, and juggling her youth minister’s position at Springstein.

"I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity that Mennonite Church Canada gave me to serve at the Resource Centre. My greatest joy has been the privilege of talking with people and hearing what is happening in their congregations, this has infused me with much hope for the days ahead of us,” said Giesbrecht. She will leave her post on August 1, but will be around to assist with transition to her successor(s).

Connie Loeppky will also end her half-time position at the Resource Centre. Loeppky has faithfully served many congregations and their worship leaders in various capacities at the Centre since 1990.

Loeppky says that she made a commitment one year ago to re-evaluate her plans for leaving in June of 2003. She adds, “It has been a privilege to be part of God’s ministry by relating to many people via phone, e-mail, letter, and in person. It has been a vocation that never felt like a job but rather a service that I enjoyed being part of.” She is looking forward to exploring the options that an unencumbered future brings. Her last day will be June 30.

Anne Campion, director of youth ministries for MC Canada made a commitment to re-evaluate her role when she accepted her position in February of 2002. “This has been a full and exciting year,” said Campion. “My roles of half-time associate pastor, director of youth ministry for MC Canada, and mother of two busy teens has proved to be an immense juggling act.” Campion fulfills her pastoral role at Avon Mennonite Church (Stratford, ON). "I'll really miss the energy of the youth in our churches across Canada, and networking with various youth leaders, and conference youth ministers from different regions," she said. Anne completes her service with MC Canada, August 31, 2003.

Isbrand Hiebert, longtime editor of the German language newspaper Der Bote is pursuing medical treatment for a chronic health problem. Ingrid Lamp Janzen of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, is currently filling the role as interim editor.

Justina Heese, executive secretary of MC Canada’s Christian Formation area, said, “I am grateful for the faithful service and vibrant ministries of these individuals. They are a gift from God.”