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Executive Secretary of Mennonite Church Canada Witness resigns


Janet Plenert


April 8, 2011
- Dan Dyck

Winnipeg, Man. — Janet Plenert, Executive Secretary of Witness, has resigned from her position after more than five years in this role, and twenty-five years of passionate service to the church.

She began her staff position with Mennonite Church Canada as Executive Director of International Ministries in October 2001, and was later appointed as Executive Secretary of Mennonite Church Canada Witness, succeeding Robert J. Suderman when he became General Secretary in 2005.

Plenert has prior international ministry experience in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Brazil. Her appointment as Vice President of Mennonite World Conference continues.

Plenert’s gifts and insights received wide appreciation and affirmation as she provided overall leadership to Native Ministry, International Ministries, Multi-cultural Ministry, and worked with Area Churches in regards to Evangelism and Church Planting. Plenert also oversaw numerous Mennonite Church Canada relationships to organizations such as Mennonite Central Committee, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Mennonite Disaster Service, Mennonite Women Canada, Mennonite Men, Mennonite Voluntary Service Adventure and the Global Mission Fellowship of Mennonite World Conference.

In an announcement to all staff, Willard Metzger, General Secretary, wrote “Janet’s passion for the church and the energy with which she served the church has been evident to all who have had the opportunity to work with her.”

She ceases her role April 21, 2011. Her future plans are undefined.