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Melissa Miller and Phil Wagler join team of rotating radio speakers


Mennonite Church Canada/MennoMedia joint release
August 24, 2012

Harrisonburg, Va., and Waterloo, Ont. — Two new “My Turn” speakers, both from Canada, have been added to a team of commentators who respond to each interview guest on the Shaping Families radio program. Shaping Families was launched by (then) Third Way Media in 2010 to address tough family issues from a faith perspective and includes guest interviewees each week.

Phil Wagler, pastor of Gracepoint Community Church in Surrey,  British Columbia, and writer of the “Outside the Box” column for Canadian Mennonite joins the program for the first time September 8. Melissa Miller, pastor of Springstein Mennonite Church southwest of Winnipeg, Manitoba, also a columnist for Canadian Mennonite on “Family Ties,” joins the program on October 13. Their “turns” will occur about every six weeks, depending on topics.

Wagler also writes a blog, THEOphilUS on and is author of the book Kingdom Culture: Growing the Missional Church published by Word Alive Press, 2009.  He has been a pastor in Ontario and has served in local churches and denominational and college settings in Canada and internationally. He graduated from Emmanuel Bible College and Tyndale Seminary and was named among 35 Canadian leaders under the age of 35 in the National Recognition Project of 2007. Wagler’s “Outside the Box” column took second place in the Canadian Church Press annual awards in 2010. He also writes the “Intersection" column for Mennonite Brethren Herald. Phil and his wife, Jen, have four children.

In addition to serving as pastor, Miller is currently chair of the board of MennoMedia and a part-time counselor at Recovery of Hope in Winnipeg. She has served on the Leadership Credentialing Committee of Mennonite Church Manitoba and other church posts. She has a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Waterloo as well as a master of divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Bible Seminary. A native of Pennsylvania, Miller earned her undergraduate degree at Eastern Mennonite University. She has lived in Canada since 1978. She and her husband, Dean Peachey, are the parents of one adult son. She is the author Family Violence: The Compassionate Church Responds (Herald Press, 1994), and a regular contributor to Rejoice! devotional magazine.

Two small stations in Canada were recently added to the roster of 21 stations airing the program: CFCJ (102.1 FM) in Cochrane, Ontario, airs daily Monday through Friday at 9 a.m., sponsored by Hunta Mennonite Church; and CFED-FM in The Pas, Manitoba, Wednesday evenings.

All programs can also be found online at The three-minute inspirational responses by Wagler and Miller can be heard and read online after their program air dates of September 8 and October 13, respectively, under “My Turn.” The program is hosted by Burton Buller and Melodie Davis and produced by MennoMedia, a ministry of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada.

A complete station listing can be found at Churches or businesses interested in sponsoring Shaping Families in their area can contact MennoMedia’s electronic media director, Sheri Hartzler, at, or by calling 1-800-631-6535 (Canada) or 1-800-245-7894.

MennoMedia, a ministry of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA, creates faith-based print, video, radio, and web materials.