Seeking Executive Board Members

In preparation for Gathering 2018, CCMBC is seeking candidates for several vacant positions on the Executive Board. A full description of a volunteer board profile and description are available on request along with an application and reference forms required. If you are a believing, baptized member of a Canadian MB Church with the interest and commitment to listening, wanting to understand what God is saying to our Canadian MB family and working towards unity of the body, you are encouraged to make your interest known by providing your name and church to Marilyn Hiebert, Chair of CCMBC Nominating Committee at, or your Provincial Moderator or designate on the Executive Board.

Positions to be voted in at Gathering 2018:

  • Assistant Moderator: 2 year term
  • Secretary: 2 year term
  • Member at Large: 4 year term
  • Member at large, Legacy: 4 year term

Announcing the Passing of Paul Francis

CCMBC extends condolences and invites prayer for the family of Paul Francis

Church planter and ministry leader, Paul Francis died Sept. 29, 2017, in Winnipeg. Paul was founding co-pastor of Gateway Community Church, Lower Sackville, N.S., with Kathleen Francis. He served as director of Mennonite Brethren church planting and conference minister in Atlantic Canada and also served as the Atlantic representative on the Canadian MB Executive Board.

Together with their two young children, Paul and Kathleen arrived in the Halifax area in 1991, where they pastored at Gateway until 2011. Over that time, he mentored local leaders and visiting emerging leaders on MB Mission’s ACTION and TREK programs.

“Paul’s love for God was evident in his passion for prayer, worship and sharing Jesus’ love with many,” says Ewald Unruh, former national director of MB church planting. “He was an innovative and caring leader who took pride in seeing his own children Lisa (Francis) Klassen and Joel Francis love, follow and serve God. He had a great sense of humour, a passion for the church to minister holistically within its community and a vision for the church to be a vibrant, faith-filled, worshipping community.”

“Paul loved those who were on the margins and understood their pain,” says Randy Friesen, MB Mission general director. “Paul understood that the true reality in life was in the unseen realm. He knew the reality of the Spirit of God and the powers of darkness, with which he struggled in recent years. Paul loved the presence of the Lord.”

Funeral services will take place at Westwood Community Church, Winnipeg, at 1 p.m., Oct. 7, 2017.

CCMBC Board appoints interim Executive Director

The Executive Board of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (CCMBC) announced Jan. 15, 2017, that Steve Berg has been appointed interim executive director effective Feb. 1, 2017.


Steve is currently senior associate pastor at South Abbotsford (B.C.) Church where he will continue to spend 25 percent of his work time. The church has released him to use the other 75 percent to serve the conference. Steve has committed to the new role for up to 18 months, during which time a search process will proceed for the permanent position.

“During this time of transition, the Executive Board is excited to have a strong, effective leader who is passionate about God and our conference,” said moderator Bruce Enns. “We are grateful to Steve and South Abbotsford Church for making this arrangement possible.”

Steve brings a wealth of life experience which includes implementing ministry strategy as a church planter, pastor, executive minister of the B.C. Mennonite Brethren Conference and national director of government affairs with Power to Change.

Steve will be focusing on building trust within the MB family and positioning CCMBC to implement the mission of multiplying Christ-centred churches to see Canada transformed by the good news of Jesus Christ.

Ron Toews, the current interim executive director, will return to his role as director of L2L. Ron indicated at the time of his appointment in November that he would only take on the interim executive director role in the short term.

“We are thankful for Ron’s willingness to step into a challenging situation and apply his steady hand of leadership when we needed him,” said Enns. “He has served well.”

The executive board will be meeting Jan. 26-28, 2017, and will be providing an update in early February.

For more information contact

CCMBC Executive Board
Bruce Enns (Sask.), Moderator
Michael Dick (B.C.), Assistant Moderator
Marilyn Hiebert (B.C.), Secretary
David MacLean (B.C.), Member-at-Large
Howie Wall (Sask.), Member-at-Large
Karen Grace Pankratz (Man.), Member-at-Large
Don Petker, B.C. Moderator
Matt Dyck, Alta. Moderator
Tony Martens, Sask. Moderator
Ruth Schellenberg, Man. Moderator
Karen West, Ont. Representative
Zacharie Leclair, Que. Representative
Paul Lam, BFL Representative
David Miller, BFL Representative