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New faces at Mennonite Church Canada

   

March 17, 2006
-by Dan Dyck

 


Hippolyto Tshimanga, Mission Partnership Facilitator for Europe and Africa

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Tim Froese, Executive Director, International Ministries and Mission Partnership Facilitator for Latin America

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Hinke Loewen-Rudgers (Congregational Partnerships Facilitator, part-time)

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Nikki Marr (Executive Assistant, Witness, part-time)

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Anita Neufeld (Administrative Assistant, Resource Centre, part-time)

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Winnipeg, Man. — Several staff vacancies and one new part-time position have been filled at Mennonite Church Canada.

Hippolyto Tshimanga succeeded Peter Rempel in January as Mission Partnership Facilitator for Europe and Africa, after Rempel became director of Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba. Kathy Fast, who held two part-time positions (and also moved to MCC Manitoba) is succeeded by Nikki Marr (part-time Executive Assistant, Witness) and Hinke Loewen-Rudgers (part-time Congregational Partnerships Facilitator).

Earlier, Tim Froese was appointed Executive Director, International Ministries and Mission Partnership Facilitator for Latin America, succeeding Janet Plenert who became Executive Secretary of Witness – a position vacated by Jack Suderman when he was appointed General Secretary.

In addition, Anita Neufeld has accepted a part-time position as Administrative Assistant in MC Canada’s Resource Centre.


Hippolyto Tshimanga, Mission Partnership Facilitator for Europe and Africa

Hippo brings pastoral, mission and administrative experience to his role. A Canadian citizen of Congolese descent, Hippo has also lived and worked as a missionary in Cameroon, Dominican Republic, USA, Italy, The Netherlands and Belgium. He is fluent in English, French, Spanish, Ciluba and Lingala and has working knowledge of Swahili, Dutch and Italian. He has authored several books and numerous papers in both English and Spanish. He has been much in demand for workshops and teaching in a wide variety of topics including special interests in inter-cultural and missiological issues, mission-worker care, family and marriage, and Bible teaching. Hippolyto has training in Conflict Resolution and holds a PhD in Theology from the Dominican College of Theology and Philosophy in Ottawa. Though not of Mennonite background, Hippo has a strong belief in and commitment to Anabaptist understandings of church and life. Hippo is married to Miriam, who is originally from The Netherlands. They have one young son, Emmanuel.


Tim Froese, Executive Director, International Ministries and Mission Partnership Facilitator for Latin America

Tim brings ministry and mission experience in Panama, Brazil and Canada, and more recently, in South Korea where he was Founding Director of the Korea Anabaptist Center in Seoul. He is linguistically gifted and speaks English, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese. He has worked alongside churches and ministry partners in a variety of settings and has served as a church planter. Tim is a gifted leader and administrator and has worked in both secular and church environments. He has passion for the church and a compelling understanding and articulation of the missional church. Tim has a Master of Divinity degree, and has studied at the University of Manitoba (Batchelor of Recreation Studies), and Briercrest Bible College.


Hinke Loewen-Rudgers [Congregational Partnerships Facilitator –, part-time]

Hinke is passionate about the church and the vision of Mennonite Church Canada. She has done a great deal of reflection about Anabaptist principles while in non-Anabaptist contexts, and this has resulted in her enthusiastically embracing her faith perspective. Hinke, a daughter of missionary parents, spent 13 years of her childhood in Tanzania and Kenya. Most recently she was working in Mozambique on a short-term international development assignment. Her work experience includes designing jewellery for assembly by mentally challenged workers in Nairobi, working in Garbage City in Cairo, and health and hygiene education in rural Mozambique, in addition to scientific work with plants and animals.

Hinke speaks German and Swahili and knows some French and Arabic. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with a minor in Justice, Peace and Conflict Studies, and a Master of Arts in Theology and Biblical Studies.


Nikki Marr (Executive Assistant, Witness, part-time)

Nikki brings a love of the church to her work, and has, “a genuine need to serve God in whatever (she) is doing.” Nikki exudes a learning spirit that thrives on growth. She has worked at the University of Winnipeg bookstore, in retail and as an office manager for a family business. Nikki has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg where she earned a double major in Psychology and Conflict Resolution.


Anita Neufeld (Administrative Assistant, Resource Centre, part-time)

Anita is passionate about the work of Mennonite Church Canada, and is already known to some as interim receptionist for the last number of months. She brings a broad range of skills and experience to this new role including 23 years of bookstore ownership and management, as well as congregational ministry with youth. She will share her time at the Resource Centre with Glenlea Mennonite Church, where she is a part-time Youth Pastor.