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Willard Metzger to be next General Secretary of Mennonite Church Canada

   
 


Willard Metzger, seen here in a previous role as Chair of the denomination’s Witness Council, has been appointed the next General Secretary of Mennonite Church Canada.

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May 20, 2010
- by Don Friesen

Winnipeg, Man. — The General Board of Mennonite Church Canada has announced the appointment of Willard Metzger to the post of General Secretary. He will succeed outgoing General Secretary Robert (Jack) Suderman, who served in the post since 2005 and will retire this summer.

Andrew Reesor-McDowell, Moderator for Mennonite Church Canada, made the announcement to staff on behalf of the General Board on May 20, adding that the Search Committee and the General Board unanimously supported the decision.

Metzger is the outgoing chair of Mennonite Church Canada’s Witness Council, the mission and outreach ministry of the national church. He served in that position for nine years. Metzger has also been a pastor in Mennonite congregations for eighteen years, and most recently was Director of Church Relations for World Vision Canada.

Metzger received his Bachelor of Theology degree from Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener, Ont., a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at the University of Waterloo, Ont., and a Master of Theological Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, also in Waterloo. He also has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, OH.

Metzger’s enthusiasm for the church is contagious. “This is a great church, and we have much to celebrate!” exclaimed Metzger. He speaks of strengthening our “sense of anticipation and hope.” One of the areas Metzger will pay particular attention to is the denomination’s financial health. Another is ministry with young adults. He also wants to strengthen a “culture of call” in Mennonite Church Canada’s churches and schools.

Metzger acknowledged the work done by Suderman, his predecessor. “Jack’s leadership has strengthened our sense of trust, of being heard,” he said, referring to Suderman’s 2006 God’s People Now! cross-Canada visits to all congregations. “We’re working on a strong platform,” he said.

Reesor-McDowell said, “I am very pleased with the decision to appoint Willard Metzger as the next General Secretary for Mennonite Church Canada. Willard’s vision for the church is a broad and exciting vision.”

The transition from Suderman to Metzger will begin in the fall.

Metzger is married to Lois. They presently live in Drayton, Ont., and have two adult sons, Matt and Chris.

Don Friesen is the Secretary of the General Board for Mennonite Church Canada.


PSA version follows:

Willard Metzger to be next General Secretary of Mennonite Church Canada

May 20, 2010
- by Don Friesen

Winnipeg, Man. — The General Board of Mennonite Church Canada has announced the appointment of Willard Metzger of Drayton, Ont., to the post of General Secretary. He will succeed outgoing General Secretary Robert (Jack) Suderman, who served in the post since 2005 and will retire this summer. The leadership transition will begin in fall 2010.

More detail is available at www.mennonitechurch.ca.