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West and South come East for St. Catharines 2003


Rev. Raquel Rodriquez speaking at the ecumenical worship service with Mennonite minister Peter Stucky of the Teusaquillo Mennonite Church in Bogota. –photo from

May 21, 2003

Winnipeg, Man.— Henry Krause, Peter Stucky, and April Yamasaki will bring messages to the delegate assembly worship services at the annual assembly in St. Catharines this year (July 9-13).

Henry Krause is a pastor at Langley Mennonite Fellowship in British Columbia (BC) and is currently the moderator of Mennonite Church Canada. Krause divides his time between these activities, family (he and wife Edith have four children), and partnering with his brother Alf at Krause Brothers Farm, a berry and vegetable operation. Krause studied sociology at the University of British Columbia and acquired a Master of Divinity degree from Regent College in Vancouver. Krause will preach on opening night (Wednesday) on the theme of “What if grace prevailed?”

Peter Stucky is the president of the Mennonite Church of Colombia, following the lead of his parents who began the Mennonite work there in 1945. He also pastors a congregation in Bogotá, the Iglesia Menonita de Teusaquillo.

Born and raised in Colombia, Stucky grew up to study theology and Bible in Israel, Europe, and the USA. He is a graduate of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. In his country which has been at war for more than fifty years, Stucky participates with the Colombian Mennonite Church in building bridges between the illegal armed groups of the left and of the right, different political leaders, the military, academics, farmers, and displaced persons. He is married to Leticia and has three sons. At the assembly, Stucky will reflect on the question, "What if peace prevailed?" during Thursday night's worship

April Yamasaki is an author, preacher, and pastor. Among other projects, she has been a writer and co-writer of Remember Lot's Wife and Other Unnamed Women of the Bible; Leadership and Community; and most recently, Making Disciples, a leadership manual for discipleship and baptism preparation. She majored in Political Science at the University of British Columbia and holds a Master of Christian Studies from regent College in Vancouver.

Yamasaki is currently the lead pastor at Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford. She is known as a clear thinker, articulate speaker, and gifted communicator who carries a passion for Anabaptist theology. She is married to Gary Yamasaki, an instructor at Columbia Bible College. April Yamasaki will address the theme question of “What if love prevailed?” during the Sunday morning worship time.

Local congregations are invited to join assembly delegates for worship at any of the worship services (Wed., Thur., 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm; Sat., 7:30 pm, Communion service; Sun., 9 am – 10:30 am).