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Leadership development director goes national

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Ron Toews has been appointed director of leadership development for the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (CCMBC). This role will encompass oversight of the department currently called church ministries. Toews will work out of B.C., where he previously served a similar leadership development function since 2009 and pioneered the In Service virtual equipping seminars.

Toews will commence duties with CCMBC in September after serving a period as interim B.C. conference minister.

In addition to consulting as a mediator, Toews has served as pastor at Kitchener (Ont.) MB and Dalhousie (MB) Community Church, Calgary; chaplain to police services; provincial moderator; professor and board member for MB Biblical Seminary, and as interim principal at ACTS Seminaries. He holds a BRE from MB Bible College, Winnipeg, an MDiv from MB Biblical Seminary, Fresno, Cal., and a DMin from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill.

“Healthy and effective leaders are crucial for healthy and effective churches,” says Toews. “I am excited by the mandate to collaborate in leadership development across our country to help MB pastors and lay leaders thrive, so Christ’s purpose for the church in Canada can be achieved.”

God gave Ron and his wife Dianne four children and five grandchildren.

—Karla Braun

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