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Norm Dyck appointed

   
 
   

September 2, 2008
- Dan Dyck

Winnipeg, Man. - Norm Dyck, currently Pastor at Graysville Mennonite Church (Manitoba), has been appointed Director of Congregational Partnerships for Mennonite Church Canada Witness. He will begin his new full time position in early October.

As the Director of Congregational Partnerships, it will be Dyck's role to affirm and develop relationships between congregations and national and international ministries. He will work with congregations as they strengthen their missional vision through relationships across the street and around the world.

Dyck joins a team of Congregational Partnership staff dispersed across the provinces, each working closely with Area Church and congregational leaders. He will work out of the Winnipeg office, relating to congregations of Mennonite Church Manitoba and Mennonite Church Canada.

In an email interview over summer vacation, Dyck wrote that even though his ministry is healthy at Graysville and he and his family feel loved and supported there, he and wife Rose have sensed the pull toward a new challenge. They spent the last year asking God, "What's next?"

Dyck has a strong commitment to a missional church vision, a keen appreciation for Anabaptism, and energy to help the church grow. "I am a preacher at heart and enjoy the opportunity to be in conversation with the church as we together seek to be faithful to God's work . . . God is challenging us to be more than 'just' the church in Canada, but to see ourselves as part of God's reconciling presence throughout the world," he said. He added that he is excited about what the church outside of North America can teach us.

While the Graysville congregation is sad to see Dyck and his family leave, they send him to his new position in the national church with a blessing. Congregational Moderator Cam Stockford wrote in an email, "[We have] always understood that Norm's pastorate was a gift from God that we needed to foster and cherish. To us this is the next logical step, even if it means such a tremendous loss for our church. Norm has enthusiasm, passion and wisdom beyond his years. I chuckle a bit thinking MC Canada better be ready for this man in his new position with so many opportunities."

Dyck has pastored at Graysville for seven years. Prior to that, he spent seven years in lay ministry at Steinbach Mennonite Church while working as a Sales Representative for Loewen Windows. He has a Bachelor of Church Ministries from Canadian Mennonite University and he is currently working toward an MA in Theological Studies. Norm and his wife Rose have been married for 11 years. They have three sons, ages 6, 4, and 2, and they are expecting their fourth child in Jan., 2009.