Transitions January/February 2016
Don Banman began as associate pastor of youth and young adults at North Peace MB Church, Fort St. John, B.C. He has a BA in religious studies with a major in biblical studies from Steinbach (Man.) Bible College. Don has worked as a journeyman carpenter while serving in youth/young adult ministry in Steinbach Chortizer Mennonite Church, and for the past 10 years at North Peace. Don and Janet have 6 children.
For 16 years, Christian Family Centre has been a witness and testament to God’s love in the community of Elmwood in Winnipeg. However, with declining attendance, the issue of unsustainability had to be faced. With heavy hearts, the people of Christian Family Centre voted Nov. 8, 2015, to bring an end to their Sunday morning services. “We are grateful to God for the time and mission he gave to our community of faith. We also wish to thank the many churches and individuals who supported and encouraged us in our mission and ministries,” writes the leadership board. A final service to celebrate and give thanks for the life and work of Christian Family Centre will be held Jan. 17, 2016. Founding pastor Elton DaSilva led the congregation until he transitioned to the role of MBCM executive director in 2010. Edgar French served as pastor from 2011 to 2015.