Alberta hires Paul Loewen as conference minister

June 23, 2014

The Alberta Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (ABMB) is pleased to announce that it has hired Paul Loewen as conference minister, based in Calgary, effective July 1, 2014.

Paul recently finished a transitional pastorate at Waterloo (Ont.) MB Church. A graduate of Briercrest Bible College, Caronport, Sask., University of Waterloo, Ont.; MBBS Fresno, Cal.; Paul also served on the Canadian conference executive board for more than a decade, the last four years in the capacity of moderator.

He previously ministered for 20 years as pastor in rural and urban congregations in various roles from youth pastor to lead. He also worked in development and church relations at Columbia Bible College, Abbotsford, B.C.; and in the marketplace in construction and business.

“Paul brings a deep love for God, the church and its mission along with a wide variety of experience that’s well-suited to serving in Alberta,” says Alberta moderator Kerry Dyck. “We are thankful for God’s leading, and ask for your continued prayers as we work in collaboration with the Canadian conference. We also invite you to pray for Paul and Melody as they move to Alberta in response to God’s call to lead and serve among us.”

Paul and Melody have 3 adult sons. For more information, go to the Alberta Conference of MB Churches website here.

MBBS Canada and The Journey extend MB seminary studies in Canada

MBBS Canada represents a new model for MB graduate theological education in Canada, one which is more accessible to pastors and leaders across the country. MBBS Canada is pleased to announce that it has recently become a partner in The Journey, an Edmonton-based seminary affiliated with the ACTS consortium (Langley, B.C.); it is therefore well situated to bring seminary education closer to Mennonite Brethren pastors and leaders in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Entry as a partner in The Journey came about, in part, through the encouragement and financial support of the Alberta and Saskatchewan MB conferences. It represents a creative and strategic way to extend our vision of offering MB theological education in more accessible and practical ways.

Dr. Randy Wollf of MBBS Canada is on the teaching roster for the coming semester at The Journey. With a PhD in educational studies, including a doctoral dissertation on how power intersects with change processes in the church, he will be in his area of specialty, teaching the leadership course Power, Change & Conflict.

Interested people also have access to other ACTS faculty through The Journey, and it’s a great and cost-effective way to do professional development and upgrade your education.

More information about The Journey is available at

More information about Dr. Randy Wollf is available at

Brian Cooper, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary-ACTS

Assistant Professor of Theology, MBBS Canada