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Mennonite Church Canada hires new staff


October 18, 2011
-Deborah Froese

Winnipeg, MAN. — Mennonite Church Canada has welcomed the addition of a short term volunteer and four new staff members – one of whom is in a newly created job position shared with Mennonite Church Eastern Canada.

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Na Bun
  Na Bun is a volunteer from Mennonite Central Committee’s International Visitor Exchange Program and will be working as a Communications Assistant until July, 2012. Na comes to Canada from Phnom Penh, Cambodia where he is a member of God’s Family church. He is currently attending Home Street Mennonite Church in Winnipeg.
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Steve Heinrichs
  As a former pastor in the Carrier First Nations territory of northern British Columbia, Steve Heinrichs brings a history of relationship building among Aboriginal communities as the new Director of Native Ministry. The position was previously shared by Neill and Edith von Gunten until their retirement in June. Steve began work on Aug. 15. His wife Ann and their three children, ages 6, 3 and 2 joined him in Winnipeg on Sept. 1. Steve welcomes invitations to visit congregations.
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Daniel Horne
  Director of Partnership Development, Daniel Horne comes to Mennonite Church Canada with experience as a pastor and has worked in worked in Recruitment and Admissions in Christian higher education. He has been on the board of Mennonite Church Manitoba for four years. Daniel will work primarily as a dispersed staff member from his home in Niverville, Man, where he lives with his wife Jennifer and two daughters ages 1 and 3. They are members of the Niverville Community Fellowship. Daniel welcomes invitations to speak and present the many ministries of Mennonite Church Canada. This existing position has been vacant for some time.
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Kyung-Hee Park
  Kyung-Hee Park is the new Executive Assistant, Witness. A member of the Charleswood Mennonite Church, Kyung-Hee is active in both the English and Korean fellowships of that congregation, participates in the congregational visioning group and serves as an interpreter and translator. Her background includes some seminary training. KyungHee began her new role on Aug. 2. She and her husband Gil are parents of two young boys, aged 5 and 3. KyungHee began her duties on August 2.
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Brent Charette
  Brent Charette, Church Engagement Minister, is jointly appointed by Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church Eastern Canada in partnership and resource development to facilitate support for both the area and national church. “This job is a wonderful collision of education, experience, and my heart for the church,” said Charette, who has studied human resources and theology, in addition to his Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) degree. He lives in Kitchener with his wife Andrea and their two daughters. The family worships at Rockway Mennonite Church.


Edited, October 31, 2011: Added information to each description.