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October Transitions 2011

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Tim McCarthy began as pastor of discipleship and community life at North Langley (B.C.) Community Church (MB) in August 2011. He holds a BA from Trinity Western University, an MA in Christian studies from Trinity Western Seminary, and an Arrow Leadership certificate. He has previously worked as associate director of student ministries for chapel at Trinity Western University (1997–2011). Tim and Cyndi have 5 children: Liam, Carissa, Kiara, Aidan, and Ashlyn.


Jinger Goma began as associate pastor of
community life at Kelowna (B.C.) Gospel Fellowship (MB) Apr. 19, 2011. He holds a BA in pastoral ministry from Prairie Bible College and is currently completing a master’s in Christian studies in Old Testament at Regent College, Vancouver. He previously served as associate pastor at Grace Baptist Church, Kelowna, from 2004–2010. Jinger and Rachael have 2 children: Simeon and Safia.

Senior pastor at Eagle Ridge Bible Fellowship, Coquitlam, B.C., Doug Monkmeier will retire at the end of October and return to the U.S. with his wife Merri. He plans to do some interim pastoral ministry. Doug began his ministry at Eagle Ridge in 2004.
Dave Easton began as youth pastor at The Meeting Place (MB), Winnipeg, in July. He holds an MDiv in youth and family ministry from Tyndale and is a graduate of the Arrow Leadership Program. Dave has served as a youth pastor for 17 years in 3 different churches in the Greater Toronto Area. He and Lisa have 2 children. He takes over from Jamie Niven, youth pastor since 2009, who stepped into the worship pastor role.


The neighbours in Winnipeg’s inner-city Centennial community call the church on Alexander Ave. “Salem Church,” and as of August 2011, Revenue Canada knows it as Salem Community Bible Church. Started as a home mission in 1960, formally organized as Logan Avenue MB Church under Rudie Willms in 1963, it moved to its present location as Salem MB Church in 1965 and has been pastored by Arno Fast since 1969. The current membership is around 50, with average attendance of 80–100. Arno’s grandson Andy Rapko serves as a bi-vocational assistant pastor.


Walls of Freedom
, “a ministry to people broken by society” was formally accepted as a Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba congregation in August. Started by Jim and Jacqie Wiseman in 2007, the outreach ministry in inner-city Winnipeg builds relationships through activities for youth and children, home visitation, addiction recovery programs, prison visitation, and employment initiatives. They hold a worship gathering at Hugh John MacDonald School Thursday evenings.


The U.S. MB conference (USCMBC) hired Aleksandr Borisov as Slavic ministries director to lead a renewed collaboration between the 32 Slavic MB congregations and USCMBC and its agencies. Borisov ministered in Russia from 1993–2005 before joining the staff at Pilgrim Slavic Baptist Church (MB), Spokane, Wash., where he will continue to serve part time.

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