Community Grace Church, Calgary, held a launch service Mar. 20, 2016, with 73 people. The congregation has been meeting since fall in the Marda Loop neighbourhood, with midweek home gatherings and Sunday mornings in Calgary Community Reformed Church with some 40 regular attenders. Community Grace’s mission is “to see Jesus’ name lifted up as we make disciples that make disciples. We believe that this will occur best as we live life on life with people – both our neighbours and our church family.” Pastor Elroy Senneker, who has an MDiv from Liberty University, apprenticed with Urban Grace, Calgary, and pastored Vauxhall (Alta.) MB Church for 8 years. Elroy and Lynn have 4 children.
Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba welcomed Christ Impacting Nations as a member church at Assembly 2016, Mar. 4. Roger Salumu founded CIN in 2011. The congregation meets Sunday mornings for services in English at Eastview’s One88 campus (Princess St.), Winnipeg, with members from 7 nationalities. Roger trained as a pastor in Jesus Christ en Toute Langue church in DR Congo, where he served around the country and as a missionary in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Tanzania and Kenya. He attended REMA Bible College and is now working toward a certificate in ministry from Carey Theological College. Roger also has a healing and deliverance ministry. Roger’s wife Claudine works as a nurse in addition to serving alongside him in the church.
Jubilee Mennonite Church welcomes Bryce Miller as lead pastor May 30, 2016. A graduate of Goshen (Ind.) College with a BA in communication/English and education, and of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind., with an MDiv, Bryce has pastored Shalom Mennonite church in Tucson, Ariz., and worked in IT fields. He has also trained in spiritual direction at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, Va. His wife Emily Toews has pastored North Star Mennonite Church, Drake, Sask. They have 1 son.
The C2C Network welcomes Paul Kroeker as national intercultural mobilizer, beginning July 1, 2016. Paul trained as a teacher of math and sciences. Since receiving a ThM from Regent College in 1994, he has served as Christian education as president at Winkler (Man.) Bible Institute, principal at Mennonite College Institute, Gretna, Man., director of Outtatown at Canadian Mennonite University and most recently as director and facilitator for Global Disciples Canada. Paul and Arlene have 2 adult children.
Paul Winter began as director of First Nations ministry and First Nations catalyst with Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba and the C2C Network in January. He has a background in business and administration with Red River College, Winnipeg, and is currently working on a youth leadership degree with a major in pastoral leadership at Newburgh (Ind.) Seminary. Paul has previously served as elder at the Lighthouse Church, youth pastor at Bethel Community Church, associate at Dakota Community Church and is currently pastor at Living Word Temple and Turtle Island Community Church in Winnipeg. Paul and Jodi have 3 adult children and 1 grandson.
Deanna Hackett began as children and youth pastor at Heritage Mountain Community Church, Port Moody, B.C., Feb. 15, 2016. With a BA in education from UBC and graduate courses in Bible and spiritual formation at Carey Theological College, Deanna previously worked as a teacher and tutor. For 15 years, she coordinated children’s and youth ministries at Westwood Community Baptist Church, Coquitlam, B.C. Deanna and Rob have 3 children.
Kevin O’Coin begins as graduate enrollment advisor at ACTS Seminaries, Langley, B.C., May 30, 2016. Kevin holds an MDiv from MBBS-ACTS (2009). For the past 6 years, Kevin has served as pastor of community life at The Meeting Place, Winnipeg. Kevin and Breanne have 1 son.
Cory Schulz resigned as associate pastor of youth and young adult ministries at Elmwood MB Church, Winnipeg, Mar. 31, 2016, where he served since July 2013.
Eric Friesen resigned as pastor of discipleship at North Kildonan MB Church, Winnipeg, Feb. 5, 2016. He has ministered in the areas of youth and discipleship since 2004. He and Mindi look forward to discovering what God has in store for the next chapter of ministry together.