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Introducing Cheryl and Michael Nimz


Michael and Cheryl Nimz

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July 13, 2012
-Deborah Froese

Winnipeg, MAN. — Michael Nimz has accepted an invitation to serve with the Mennonite Centre Trust (MCT) in nurturing and resourcing groups in the emerging Anabaptist Network of Communities (ANC), part of the Anabaptist Network in the United Kingdom.

The Nimzes first inquired about serving with this international ministry partner through Mennonite Church Canada Witness at Mennonite Church Canada’s Assembly 2012 in Waterloo, Ont. “After doing some of our own work and meeting Stuart Murray [a trustee with the MCT and who works closely with the ANC] on his trip through Canada, I felt that this would be an amazing opportunity,” Michael Nimz says.

Michael will help the MCT link ANC congregations and other communities who wish to learn from one another and from the Anabaptist tradition. Michael will also seek new ways to extend the reach of existing Anabaptist communities. Cheryl will accompany Michael and serve in various volunteer capacities.

Each brings with them a wide variety of gifts and tools. “Cheryl is the kind of person who people love to be around,” Michael says. Her gifts for hospitality and administration will serve well in volunteering at events.  “She has a great passion for young people, primarily in their teens and twenties, and draws them to her. I am more of a teacher. I like to dig into the Bible, society, politics and try to understand what is happening. I enjoy being challenged by new things and ideas. I think that our greatest contribution will be our passion for the Anabaptist perspective on faith and life in a world that is changing so rapidly.”

Michael and Cheryl plan to attend Mission Seminar 2012 for orientation in July, with further preparation for Michael’s new ministry in the fall of 2012.

Michael has pastored at Bergthal Mennonite Church in Didsbury, Alta. since 2011. Although the couple says they will miss their children—Lyndy, Josiah, Odin, Teegan, Cody, and Quinn—their friends and their wider community, they are looking forward to a new adventure in the UK with the Mennonite Centre Trust.