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Plenert appointed to lead MC Canada Witness


October 26, 2005
-by Dan Dyck

Winnipeg, Man. — Janet (Sinclair) Plenert has been appointed to succeed Robert J. Suderman as Executive Secretary for Mennonite Church Canada Witness. The position opened when Suderman was appointed to the post of General Secretary for the denomination, beginning Dec. 1.

Plenert has lived and worked in DR Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Brazil, USA, and Canada, and has visited thirty countries on five continents as a speaker, preacher, missionary and church leader. She speaks four languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French, English), has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria, and has done graduate studies at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary.

Plenert has a lengthy record of ministry, having served as a mission worker with the former Commission on Overseas Mission (COM) and Mennonite Board of Missions (MBM) – both of which are predecessors to both Mennonite Church Canada Witness (Canada) and Mennonite Mission Network (USA). She has served as a representative or board member with numerous organizations and events, such as Global Mission Fellowship, Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission, and the World Council of Churches Conference on Mission and World Evangelism. She is the founding executive director of the Junta Menonita de Missões Internacionais, the mission agency of the Brazil Mennonite Church.

In North America, Plenert served on mission transition teams during the transformation process of the former General Conference Mennonite Church and Mennonite Church – now Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA. She currently serves as first executive director of International Ministries for Mennonite Church Canada Witness. She was ordained to Christian ministry while serving in pastoral ministry and church planting in Brazil. She says, “I have a strong passion for the church and its witness both across the street and around the world, and a keen interest in helping to shape its future direction. I look forward to serving our church in this way at this point in our history.”

General Secretary Dan Nighswander noted the strong contribution Plenert has already made to the church. “I am confident that Janet’s diverse experience, strength of character, and commitment to the church will be an invaluable asset to the future mission and purpose of Mennonite Church Canada in the world,” said Nighswander.

Plenert will assume her post on January 1, 2006. She is married to Steve, and they have three teenaged daughters: Gabrielle, Natasha, and Katrina.