Our Team

Katie Doke Sawatzky
Communications Coordinator/Writer

Katie communicates info about Mennonite Church Canada events and programs to our regional churches and to the world. Home congregation: Grace Mennonite Church, Regina, Sask.

 tel. 204-888-6781
tf. 866-888-6785 

Sean East

Sean oversees the financial recording and reporting system and creates the yearly budget. He empowers the finance staff to provide clear and timely financial info for ministry directors and staff. Home congregation: West Hills Fellowship, Baden, Ont.

tf. 866-888-6785

Susan Reynar
Executive Assistant

Susan provides administrative support to the executive minister and to the Executive Staff Group, Joint Council, Church Leadership Ministers and Company of 1000. Home congregation: Charleswood Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, Man.

 tel. 204-888-6781 ext. 109
tf. 866-888-6785 ext. 109

Arlyn Friesen Epp
Director, CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Centre

Arlyn oversees the selecting of resources for the church/university communities and makes them easily accessible in-store, online and off-site. Home congregation: Home Street Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, Man.

 tel. 204-594-0527 ext. 333
tf. 877-846-1593

Jeanette Hanson
Director, International Witness

Jeanette facilitates, coordinates and encourages international ministry and connections within Mennonite Church Canada congregations, regional churches and with international partners. Home congregation: Rosthern Mennonite Church, Rosthern, Sask.

tf. 866-888-6785 

Steve Heinrichs
Director, Indigenous-Settler Relations

Steve is responsible for nurturing relationships of integral justice between Indigenous Peoples and our church body. Home congregation: Hope Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, Man., Treaty 1 territory and homeland of the Red River Metis.

 tel. 204-888-6781 ext. 106
tf. 866-888-6785 ext. 106

Doug Klassen
Executive Minister

Doug gives administrative, organizational, relational and spiritual leadership to Mennonite Church Canada. He works with Joint Council, Executive Staff Group and the regional churches to promote spiritually vibrant congregations actively engaged in God’s mission in the world. Home congregation: Sterling Mennonite Fellowship, Winnipeg, Man.

 tel. 204-888-6781 ext. 115
tf. 866-888-6785 ext. 115

Heather Lumsden
Accounts Receivable Data Entry

Heather processes donations and receivables and issues donation receipts. Home congregation: Jubilee Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, Man. Home congregation: Jubilee Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, Man.

 tel. 204-888-6781 ext. 162
tf. 866-888-6785 ext. 162


AnaSara Rojas
Administrative Assistant, CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Centre

AnaSara helps people via e-mail and phone, fills and ships orders when people borrow or buy resources and tries to work in some book cataloguing around the edges. Home congregation: Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship, Winnipeg, Man.

 tel. 204-594-0527 ext. 334
tf. 877-846-1593 ext. 334

Jessica Schmidt

Jessica allocates donations and issues payables, including expenses and grants. She also assists with reporting to our partner programs. Home congregation: Jubilee Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, Man.

 tel. 204-888-6781 ext. 184
tf. 866-888-6785 ext. 184

Laura Zacharias
Coordinator, Payroll & Benefits

Laura administers the Mennonite Church Canada staff and Witness worker payroll and the pension and benefits plans for the pastors and church staff in our local congregations. She works with treasurers across Canada in relation to pensions/benefits/payroll/T4/year-end items.

 tel. 204-888-6781 ext. 119
tf. 866-888-6785 ext. 119

Joani Neufeldt
Nationwide Youth Gathering 2022 Event Cooridinator