Transitions September/October 2016
MBCM is pleased to announce the appointment of Gerald Dyck as director of church ministries, effective Oct. 1, 2016. Gerald has been with Westside Community Church in Morden, Man., for 17 years, originally serving as youth pastor and later community life pastor. He was Winkler Flyers chaplain for 5 years and currently coaches the Morden Thunder high school baseball team. Gerald has also served on the MBCM leadership board for 5 years, most recently as board moderator since 2014. He and Rachel have 3 children. Conference pastor since 2005, Keith Poysti completes his term Dec. 31, 2016.
MCC Saskatchewan appointed Gil Dueck as program director in July 2016. He comes to the role with years of experience in Christian Higher Education, most recently as academic dean and instructor at Bethany College, Hepburn, Sask., and is finishing doctoral work focussing on faith formation among young adults.
June 9, 2016, Grace MB Church, Kitchener, Ont., expressed deep appreciation to pastor Jim Cober and his wife Doris for their nine years of pastoral service to the MB conference, and wished them well as they made their third attempt at retirement. June 19, 2016, Grace welcomed Kyle Buller as pastor. Kyle earned a BA at Fresno (Cal.) Pacific University and an MDiv at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. He has served as intern at Bethel MB Church in Yale, S.D., and North Fresno MB Church.
The Meeting Place, Winnipeg, welcomed Wayne Siemens as pastor of community life July 11, 2016. Wayne studied at MB Biblical Seminary, Fresno, Cal., before beginning a 20-year therapist career in the forensic and mental health fields. He previously served as pastor of adult ministries at Riverwood Church Community, Winnipeg. Wayne and Julie have 2 young adult children.