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New volunteers respond to questions about Mennonites


Angela and Erwin Rempel

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Mennonite Church Canada/MennoMedia joint release
September 14, 2012
-MennoMedia Staff

WATERLOO, Ont. and HARRISONBURG, Va.— Angela and Erwin Rempel of Harrisonburg, Virginia, are serving as volunteer respondents to questions about Mennonites sent to Third Way Café  and Mennonite Church USA websites.

Third Way Café (, a ministry on behalf of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA through MennoMedia in Harrisonburg, receives inquiries from all over the world reflecting curiosity about Mennonites or the Amish, spiritual guidance, or information for school projects.

Erwin and Angela retired in 2008 after 40 years of various ministries with the Mennonite church. Beginning with pastoral ministry, they then served in Brazil with the former Commission on Overseas Mission of the General Conference Mennonite Church (COM). That was followed by Erwin serving 12 years as the executive secretary of COM based in Newton, Kansas, while Angela did a variety of work with communications for church entities. From 1994 to 2000 they served in Botswana with Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission and Mennonite Central Committee. Prior to retiring, Erwin became a senior executive of the newly formed Mennonite Mission Network while Angela worked for the communications and church relations department of Mission Network.

Most recently, Erwin volunteered hundreds of hours with MennoMedia to help manage a “song survey” by assembling data from Mennonite congregations on the music sung in their services. This data will be used in preparing the next Mennonite song or hymn collection.

The Rempels replace Jodi Nisly Hertzler, who for 10 years answered Mennonite questions from her home and collected 50 of the most commonly asked questions in a book published by Cascadia Publishing in 2009, Ask Third Way Cafe: 50 Common and Quirky Questions about Mennonites. The book is available at

Since moving to Harrisonburg in 2011, the Rempels have become part of Ridgeway Mennonite Church.

MennoMedia is the publishing ministry of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.