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Mennonite Men appoints new coordinator


Mennonite Church Canada/Mennonite Church USA joint release
February 5, 2010
- Marvin Baergen

WINNIPEG, Man. and NEWTON, Kan.—Mennonite Men is pleased to announce the appointment of Don A. Yoder, Harrisonburg, Va., as the new coordinator of Mennonite Men. Yoder will begin June 1.

Yoder joins the organization from Eastern Mennonite University where he has served as director of seminary and graduate admissions since 1995 and director of seminary vocational services since 2008.

Yoder’s entire working career has been in service of the Mennonite Church in roles varying from an assignment with Eastern Mennonite Missions in Kenya, to youth ministry, pastoral ministry and spiritual formation.

“Don’s passion for Christian formation, particularly in the area of men’s ministry, and his width of experience in the work of the church will serve him well as he takes on this new role,” says Mennonite Men moderator Arlen Godshall of Phoenix, Ariz.

Yoder and his wife, Em, are the parents of two adult children.  

Yoder succeeds Jim Gingerich, who has been the coordinator for Mennonite Men since 1998 and plans to retire.

“Jim has guided the program through a period of very significant growth in terms of finances, public awareness and expansion of men’s study resources,” Godshall says. “The Mennonite Men Board extends our most heartfelt appreciation for Jim’s selfless service over more than a dozen years.” 

The Mennonite Men organization is a jointly owned partnership of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA. It resources men’s groups in local congregations and area conferences and sponsors the JoinHands Mennonite Church Building Program.