As of Nov. 1, 2008, Habtemicael Beraki is full-time pastor of the newest MB church in Winnipeg, Philadelphia Eritrean Church. They meet at Calvary Temple, but will move to Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church in May. Habtemicael and his wife Senait Mehari have 5 children.
West Portal Church in Saskatoon welcomed Katrina Funk as children’s minister on Feb. 1. She and her husband Stefan have attended West Portal for 6 years and she has volunteered as nursery coordinator for more than 2 years. Katrina felt called to the position after Darlene Klassen resigned after 6 1/2 years as children’s minister. Stefan and Katrina have 2 children, Tyler and Jayella.
At the annual assembly in Killarney, Man., the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba said farewell to Dan Block, who is retiring after 6 1/2 years as conference administrator. Roger Friesen, a former conference treasurer and member of McIvor MB Church, began a one-year term position as conference administrator.
The Canadian Mennonite has hired Richard (Dick) Benner of Harrisonburg, Virginia, as editor/publisher. Benner has owned and published weekly community newspapers, taught journalism at Eastern Mennonite University, and written a column for the Mennonite Weekly Review. He and his wife Marlene will move to Waterloo, Ont.