New faces on the Board of Faith and Life
The board of faith and life (BFL) provides spiritual guidance and direction in matters of faith, theology, ethics, and Christian living, and upholds biblical and ethical integrity through the MB Confession of Faith. The BFL also provides resources (e.g. pamphlet series) and events (e.g. study conferences and pastors credentialing orientation).—Eds.
Name: Daniel Beutler
Position: BFL secretary; Alberta conference executive director
Church: New Hope Community Church, Calgary
Family: married to Maureen, 2 children
Why I think theology is important: Our understanding of the significance of the gospel we proclaim is to transform the way we live.
Name: Jean Bieri
Position: Quebec representative
On the board since: 2008
Profession: lecturer and dean at ETEM, editor of Le Lien
Church: Église Chrétienne de Saint-Laurent, Montreal
Why I think theology is important: Because it allows us to have a deeper understanding of the things of God and helps us to grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Name: Brian Cooper
Position: Vice chair, B.C. rep
Profession: pastor of family ministries at Northside Community Church, Mission, B.C., and adjunct professor at MBBS-ACTS
Family: married to Connie, 2 children
Most important theological issue facing MBs today: We need to understand how we read Scripture. We do not escape theology when we read the Bible; we need to do theology well so we can read Scripture well.
Name: Pierre Gilbert
Position: MBBS rep
Profession: Associate professor of biblical studies and theology at CMU and MB Biblical Seminary, program coordinator at Winnipeg Centre for Ministry Studies
Church: Fort Garry MB Church, Winnipeg
Family: married to Monika, 3 adult children
Why I think theology is important: Good theology is faithful to Scripture. It sheds light on the ideological aberrations of our culture. It is therefore always polemical. It seeks to persuade those who embrace the lies inherent to human ideologies to turn to the Truth we have received in Jesus Christ.
Name: John Willems
Position: Alberta rep
Profession: pastor at Crestwood MB Church, Medicine Hat, Alta.
Family: married to Blenda, 4 adult children
Most important theological issue facing MBs today: Matthew 7:12: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
Cabinet shuffle: Vidya Narimalla has moved from vice chair to chair of the BFL; Brian Cooper is now vice chair.