New Faces on the Board of Faith and Life

The executive board is one of two boards of the Canadian Conference of MB Churches. (The other is the Board of Faith and Life.) It usually meets 3 or 4 times a year and provides overall vision, governance, and fiduciary oversight to the denomination.—Eds.

Name: Lisa Carpenter
Position: member-at-large (MAL)
Profession: director of administration, Gracepoint Community Church, Surrey, B.C.
Family: married to Peter Bergunder; 3 teenaged children
In your opinion, what is the most important task of the executive board? I’m new to serving on the board, so I look forward to learning from the group.
Name: Kerry Dyck
Position: Alberta moderator
Profession: lead pastor at River West Christian Church, Edmonton
Family: married to Sandy; 3 children
In your opinion, what is the most important task of the executive board? The most important task of the executive board is to articulate a spiritually discerned overall  direction for the Canadian conference.
Name: Victor Martens
Position: MAL
Profession: Retired instructor / part-time food safety management consultant
Church: Ross Road Community Church, Abbotsford, B.C.
Family: married to Diane; 2 adult children
In your opinion, what is the most important task of the executive board? The executive board is there to provide strong organizational leadership and effective management of resources for the churches of the MB conference so that they (in turn) can effectively minister to their congregations and local communities.
Name: David McLauren
Position: MAL
Profession: Executive director of Centre for Multi-Cultural Ministries, Abbotsford, B.C.
Church: Northview Community Church, Abbotsford, B.C.
Family: married to Shirley; twin daughters Michelle and Samantha
In your opinion, what is the most important task of the executive board? The Canadian landscape is changing; we need to be relevant and missional.
Name: Rob Thiessen
Position: B.C. moderator
Profession: lead pastor at North Langley (B.C.) Community Church
Family: married to Janet; 3 daughters, 1 son; 1 grandson.
What do you hope to see the executive board accomplish for the Canadian conference? My prayer and focus is that God deepens our unity in Christ and uses us for his glory in Canada.
Name: John Unger
Position: MAL and representative to the MBBS Board
Profession: lead pastor at Fort Garry MB Church, Winnipeg
Family: married to Merrill; 4 married children; 5 grandchildren
In your opinion, what is the greatest challenge of the executive board? Holding the ship together while we clarify our identity and mission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changing hats: Paul Loewen has moved from MAL to moderator; Frank Wiens and Peter Durksen have traded chairs, with Wiens serving as MAL and Durksen as Ontario moderator.

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