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General Board Selects New General Secretary

Dan Nigh-swander

Winnipeg, Man.—Dan Nighswander has been selected by the general board of the Mennonite Church Canada as the new general secretary for the (proposed) Mennonite Church Canada, beginning in August 1999. Currently Mennonite Church Canada conference minister, Nighswander will replace retiring Mennonite Church Canada general secretary Helmut Harder, who has served in that role since 1990.

"I believe God is about to do new things in and through the church that have not been imagined. It is a great time to be part of the church in these days of surprise and possibility," said Nighswander after announcement of his appointment at Mennonite Church Canada offices on March 8. The Mennonite Church Canada general board made the decision at the conclusion of their council of boards, two days earlier.

Now a member of Home Street Mennonite church in Winnipeg, Nighswander previously served a total of 14 years as a pastor at Waterloo North Mennonite Church and Cassell Mennonite Church (both in Ontario). He holds a doctoral degree in New Testament studies from the Toronto School of Theology and University of Toronto (1995), and received a Master of Divinity degree from Goshen Biblical Seminary (now Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, AMBS) in 1979.

He has previously been an executive member of the Mennonite Conference of Eastern Canada (six years), and served as chair of the Pastoral Leadership Training Commission for ten years. This commission is a seminary-credit program offered by the eastern Canada conference and AMBS.

"I have great admiration for Helmut Harder. He leaves a solid legacy on which to continue to build and a high standard by which I will measure myself. I hope people will not expect me to ‘fill his shoes,’ said Nighswander.

Dan Nighswander is married to Yvonne Snider-Nighswander. They have two college-age daughters.