December Transitions 2013
Geoff Unrau was commissioned as senior pastor of Boissevain (Man.) MB Church, Sept. 1, 2013, after serving as interim pastor for 1.5 years. The service was led by MBCM conference pastor Keith Poysti. After studying at Briercrest College, Caronport, Sask., Geoff served as youth pastor at Boissevain for 14 years. He then spent 5 years doing carpentry work. Geoff and Kelly have 2 children. Geoff has also mentored Steven Buhler from a youth group member to his current service as youth pastor. Currently studying at Brandon University, Steven participated in Ministry Quest, and has experience in mission work and music ministry.
The MB Church of Manitoba said goodbye to 2 staff this fall. Roger Friesen served as conference administrator for the last 5 years. Dorothea Schalm worked for MBCM for the last 26 years in various administrative roles.
BEACON COMMUNITIES CHURCH launched Oct. 6, 2013, at Victoria (B.C.) Edelweiss Club with 68 in attendance. The church is located in the diverse community of James Bay, adjacent to downtown Victoria. The Sunday meeting occurs at 6:30; some 30 people already participate in midweek intergenerational home community gatherings, and many neighbours participate in monthly village community potlucks. “The success of our launch celebration and multi-communities model continues to result in significant new inroads in our village toward the day when, God willing, every resident of James Bay will have a good friend or loved one who follows Jesus,” says pastor Joe Haynes, a graduate of ACTS-TWU, Langley, B.C. Winkler (Man.) MB Church cultivates a supporting relationship with Beacon Communities. Joe and Heather have 3 children.