January Transitions 2013

Cody Johnson began as associate pastor with a youth emphasis at Dalmeny (Sask.) Community Church on Sept. 17, with a commissioning on Oct. 21. Cody has a BA in pastoral ministry and biblical studies from Bethany College, Hepburn, Sask. He served at Dalmeny as a pastoral intern for his course work and has extensive ministry experience from working 8 summers at Redberry Bible Camp in many capacities.

Joel Mayward began serving as pastor of student ministries at North Langley (B.C.) Community Church Oct. 7. Author of Leading Up: Finding Influence in the Church Beyond Role and Experience, Joel has a bachelor’s degree in Bible and theology and youth ministry from Multnomah University, Portland, Ore., and has previously served as middle school pastor and both a junior high and high school pastor. Joel and Katie have 2 children.

ICOMB (International Community of Mennonite Brethren) education partners have seen many transitions this past year. Fresno Pacific University faculty emeritus Dalton Reimer retired from his volunteer role as ICOMB education facilitator. Victor Wall, president of Paraguay’s Instituto Biblico Asuncion, has been appointed to take on the education facilitator role over the 2012–2013 ministry year, with assistance from IBA graduate and librarian Benjamin Surance. The education facilitator develops educational interests – primary, secondary, and graduate – among the ICOMB member conferences by circulating a quarterly higher education newsletter, coordinating faculty exchanges, participating in the global scholarship fund committee, and preparing higher education consultations.
MB or MB-connected higher education institutions worldwide saw the following presidential transitions in 2012: Mbelolo ya Mpiku succeeded Komy Nsilu Diakubikua Nsilu as president of the Christian University of Kinshasa (UCKin) in DR Congo; I.P. Asheervadam succeeded S. Liangao Soto as president at MB Centenary Bible College,   Shamshabad, India; Ato Kiros Teka Haddis was installed as president of Meserete Kristos College in Ethiopia; faculty member Vasily V. Ryzhof became rector at St. Petersburg Christian University, Russia, succeeding Alexander Negrov who continues as dean at the graduate school of leadership; and Marlene Wall, serving in an interim capacity since 2011, was inaugurated Sept. 22, the first female university president in the history of Lithuania.

After 21 years as lead pastor at Fraserview MB Church, Dan Unrau is concluding his service there in February 2013. He previously served Fort Garry MB Church, Winnipeg, 1985–1991. Dan is seeking further opportunities.

In December, Curtis Klassen concluded his ministry as associate pastor of youth and young adults at Elmwood MB Church, Winnipeg, where he has served since 2009. Curtis and his wife April will be moving to Kenya for a year as participants in an international adoption process.

With assistance from Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba (MBCM), church plant Walls of Freedom purchased a ministry building. Previously owned by a congregation which outgrew the space, the facility includes a sanctuary, office space, craft room, kitchen, dining hall, youth room, and large yard. Pastors Jim and Jacqie Wiseman visit some 700 families in Winnipeg’s core area. Walls of Freedom’s first Sunday service was celebrated Nov. 25 in the new building. (They previously held a Thursday evening service at a rented school gym.)

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