July Transitions 2010
Ross Road Community Church called Dave Rodda as part-time worship pastor Apr. 11. Dave holds a bachelor of theology and has worked as interim associate pastor at West Abbotsford Mennonite Church (now Level Ground Mennonite) and as sound engineer for live concerts and studio recordings. Dave is married to Courteney.
Randall Krahn began ministry as pastor at Cornerstone Community Church, Flin Flon, Man., July 1. The congregation shares its pastor with Northern Fellowship Chapel, an Evangelical Mennonite Church (EMC) in neighbouring Creighton, Sask. Randall holds an MDiv from Providence Seminary, Otterburne, Man., and has pastored EMC churches in Roseisle, Man., and Swift Current, Sask. He also served as a church planter in Chihuahua, Mexico in the 1980s. Randall and Faith have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
The general board of Mennonite Church Canada has appointed Willard Metzger to the post of general secretary to succeed outgoing Robert (Jack) Suderman who is retiring this summer. Willard chaired Mennonite Church Canada’s Witness council for 9 years and has pastored in Mennonite congregations for 18 years.
Burton Buller, director of Third Way Media (formerly Mennonite Media) since 1999, retired at the end of June. He will continue to host the Shaping Families radio program as a volunteer. Program manager Sheri Hartzler and business manager Lowell Hertzler are now interim co-directors of Third Way. Prior to his tenure at Third Way Media, Burton was executive director of Family Life Network in Winnipeg.
Founding church planter J.B. Robertson concluded his 13-year ministry at The Agora, Apr. 30. He was appointed by the Canadian conference board of Evangelism Canada to plant the Halifax church in 1997. “JB’s ministry has been characterized by creativity in translating the gospel into today’s culture, mercy and justice, and emotional and spiritual inner healing counselling,” says director of church ministries Ewald Unruh. J.B. and Lorie have 3 children. Associate pastor for social justice Kate Dewhurst concluded her service at the church the previous August.
MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) in Lancaster, Pa. welcomed Marlin Hershey as director of resource development Mar. 8 to lead the team in upcoming campaigns and promoting the new bequest program. A graduate of the National Planned Giving Institute of William & Mary College, Williamsburg, Va., Marlin served as development and planned giving officer with the Mennonite Foundation.
ConneXion Christian Fellowship, Calgary, formally decided to step out of its affiliation with the Alberta Conference of MB Churches. Started in 1999 as a Key Cities Initiative church plant called The River, ConneXion has had a longstanding relationship with River of Life Church in Lethbridge, Alta., so the decision to associate with them formalizes developments over the last few years. “The ABMB executive received the news with regret but wishes ConneXion Christian Fellowship God’s richest blessings as they continue to pursue their vision and calling,” says ABMB executive director Daniel Beutler. ConneXion thanked the ABMB for the support provided over the years.