Leslie Hawthorne Klingler has accepted the position as contract editor for Rejoice!, a daily devotional released quarterly, co-published by Kindred Productions and MennoMedia.
Hawthorne Klingler has been a regular devotional writer for Rejoice! for more than a decade. She began contributing while she and her husband Tim were MCC workers in Central America and has since worked as communications manager for a Christian nonprofit, and launched a freelance writing, editing and graphic design business. She has an MA in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Cal.
Hawthorne Klingler currently teaches part-time at Wheaton College, Ill., serves on the board of her local Ten Thousand Villages store, and delights in raising three school-age children. She and Tim have been members of Lombard Mennonite Church in Illinois since 1995.
“Leslie Hawthorne Klingler combines a vibrant spirituality with compassionate concern for the world,” says Wilbert Shenk, senior professor of mission history and contemporary culture, School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Seminary.
“Leslie’s pieces always showed keen imagination and clear thinking, to say nothing of superb writing skill,” says Byron Rempel Burkholder, former Rejoice! editor, now managing book editor at MennoMedia. “Her cross-cultural and ministry experiences brought texture and colour to her writing. I have found her to be as thorough and sharp as an editor as she is in her writing.”
Previous editor J Janzen concluded his tenure Dec. 20, 2013, to devote full-time attention to the growing Highland Community Church, Abbotsford, B.C., where he serves as pastoral elder.
Hawthorne Klingler began Jan. 6, 2014, working from her home in Illinois.
—a Kindred Productions release