Home 2020 National Annual General Meeting (National Assembly)
by Carson Samson

Annual General Meeting: June 5-6, 2020

The next virtual gathering of the National Assembly is a hybrid event, including an annual general meeting (AGM). Church delegates are invited to participate along with the National Assembly group (provincial and agency boards).

Date: Saturday, June 6, 2020
Location: 1310 Taylor Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3M 3Z6
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm CDT

1. Meeting called to order – welcome and instructions

2. Motion to appoint parliamentarians

3. Motion to approve ballot team

4. Motion to provide notice of the bylaw amendment for voting at the June Convention.

5. Motion to approve agenda as presented

6. National Director’s Report

7. Elections by ballot
a) Executive Board (National Assembly Executive)
b) Board of Faith & Life (National Faith & Life Team)
c) Multiply *Names of nominees will be brought forward for approval once the Multiply Board Review is finalized.
d) MB Seminary
e) Historical Commission

8. Motion to approve the Executive Board be given authority to use Referenda as described under the CCMBC General Operating Bylaws Article 5 Section 4 and in accordance with the “CCMBC 2021 Referenda Policy” approved by the Executive Board and provided with this motion.

9. Questions to Multiply & MB Seminary

10. Defining our Mission

11. Motion to approve the audited financial statements as presented:
a) CCMBC Pension Plan
b) CCMBC Non-Consolidated Financials
c) Legacy Consolidated Financials
d) CCMBC Investment Financials

12. Motion to approve KPMG as auditors for:
a) CCMBC
b) Legacy
c) CCMBC Investments

13: The Work Ahead: Questions to Board of Faith and Life and the National Ministry Team

14: Motion to adjourn

Rules of Order

1. We strive for unity and respect, involving the participation of all assembled, as we deliberate decisions that shape the future of our conference.

2. Delegates should stand to speak at a nearby microphone or indicate you want to speak by using the “raise hand” function in Zoom. Please use the following protocol:
a) Wait for acknowledgement by the moderator.
b) State your name, church and community you come from.
c) Address the moderator. Delegates may not dialogue with each other on the floor.

3. Keep remarks to the point. Avoid repeating statements already made by another delegate.

4. Take care to confine remarks to the motion or resolution under discussion.

5. A delegate may speak to an issue more than once, unless there are other delegates who wish to address an issue. A delegate should not ask for the floor more than 3 times on one issue. The mover of a motion may answer questions to a motion as often as they are raised.

6. Individuals other than delegates may be permitted to speak, subject to the decision of the moderator. The assembled delegates may, by a simple majority vote, override the decision of the chair.

7. Only delegates are permitted to vote.

8. For online delegates, the “Digital Voting Policy for Conventions of the Conference” will be followed. Additional instructions may be provided by the Moderator regarding any other meeting procedures required by online delegates.

9. In general, Robert’s Rules of Order will be followed.

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Question? Contact MB Seminary

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Executive Board (National Assembly Executive)

Ron Penner

Ron is a retired educator, most recently serving at Columbia Bible College as Academic Dean and then as President. Alongside being a Grandpa to three little ones who live next door, he finds joy in gardening, golf and volunteer work. Most of that is done via Board work at MB Seminary and ACTS Seminaries, but also as a greeter at our church, Northview Community Church. Linda and Ron also enjoy golf and motorcycling together and having people into our home.

Ruth Schellenberg

Ruth has been one of the pastors at Fort Garry MB church for 14 years serving children and families. She has served on the Manitoba Leadership board for the last 7or 8 years with the last 31/2 as moderator.

Ruth has been married to David for 32 years and they have 2 sons and one daughter in law.

Jeff Dyck

Born and raised in Abbotsford, Jeff and his wife Tammy now live in Yarrow, BC and are members of Northview Community Church. Their three children are now grown and pursuing their own careers. Jeff owns and operates Terravista Professional Tech Services and Wild Frog Systems, both lower-mainland IT services companies, and serves on the Board of Directors for First West Credit Union. He joined the Stillwood leadership committee in Fall of 2018 as an opportunity to serve and support the camp which has been so influential in the lives of all three kids, and also now serves on the BCMB Stewardship Advisory Committee.

Michael DyckMichael Dick

Michael has served in various National and Provincial board positions since 1985. He was elected as a Member-at-large for CCMBC Board of Directors in 2016 and has served on the Finance and Audit Committee for the last two years. He has over 30 years of pastoral ministry experience including 15 years as the Lead Pastor of Bakerview Church in Abbotsford, BC. In 2018 Michael joined the staff team at South Abbotsford Church as Executive Pastor. Part of Michael’s community involvement includes serving on the Foundation Board of the Abbotsford Hospice Society. He and his wife, Eleanor, have two married sons and three grandsons.

Sharon Simpson 

Sharon Simpson serves on the Executive Team at Menno Place, a seniors campus-of-care for 700 seniors as Director of Community Enrichment. In this role, she directs the Spiritual Care staff and programs, Assisted Living and Independent Living staff and care services, the Resident Experience Team and directs the Marketing and Communications. Since 2012, Sharon has written a monthly column for The Light Magazine (BC and AB) writing from a spiritual perspective on the concerns and issues of seniors. Sharon is the president of the Canadian Mennonite Health Assembly (CMHA). She currently serves as Moderator of BCMB. Sharon is married to Gary Simpson (32 years in 2020) who is the lead pastor of Broadway MB Church in Chilliwack, BC. Sharon and Gary have 4 adult children, 2 in-laws and 2 granddaughters. To relax, they love to camp with their family, ride bikes and motorcycle. Sharon has a BA in Psychology from UBC and is a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Jeff Siemens 

Jeff Siemens is associate pastor at West Portal Church (Saskatoon) and a Saskatchewan Conference of MB Churches (SKMB) executive board member. Jeff has served as director at Redberry Bible Camp. He graduated with a focus on youth ministry from Columbia Bible College and is work­ing toward an MA. Jeff is married to Jennifer (Block), and they have 3 young children. He desires to be a member of CCMBC’s Executive Board to contribute to the health of our national conference and to represent SKMB on a national level. Jeff’s heartbeat is to make much of Jesus and bring glory to God.

Bryant WhyteBryant Whyte

When you meet Bryant, you’ll know a few things – he loves Jesus, his wife, Sarah, their three sons, and talking about the local cafe of which they are part owners. You’ll also quickly discover his heart for serving others through financial support, seeing people restored after hard circumstances and setting them up for success. Bryant’s financial expertise comes not only from his education at Laurier University’s School of Business but from his work as Senior Account Manager for Kindred Credit Union (Ontario). Bryant, Sarah and family live in Waterloo where they enjoy life in intentional community and as part the body of Christ at WMB Church.

Reg Toews

I love Jesus and His Church recognizing that the church is not perfect. God is still at work. Kingdom advancement is one of my passions – churches renewed and new churches started. I’ve been involved in full-time ministry for 37 years as a pastor, transitional leader, church planting director. Ministry is the focus for every believer.

Married to Brenda for 39 years with three adult children. Two of these children are married and we have five wonderful grandchildren – we live with four of them. We are expecting another one in August.

Coaching is becoming a passion of mine as I work with men who want to be faithful to God. I run for mental and physical health. I ride my motorcycle for excitement and for guy connections.

Karen West 

Karen is Pastor Emeritus at WMB Church in Waterloo, and serves on the ONMB Board as Moderator Rep to the national board. Karen is passionate for Jesus and the powerful message of hope that only his church can bring to the world. Karen has a Bachelor of Religious Education in Pastoral Studies and a Masters of Divinity from Tyndale Seminary. She is married to Bruce, mom/mom-in-law to four adult kids, and grandma to three preschool boys. Karen loves to dig into scripture, spend time with friends and family around a dinner table, go on long walks, and knit for her grandkids.

Board of Faith & Life (National Faith & Life Team)

Adam GreeleyAdam Greeley

Adam is married to Suzanne and they have four children – Jacob, Charis, Katie, and Jonah. As a family, they have a passion to see a discipleship movement happen in HRM (Halifax Regional Municipality). In November 2012 they started “The Well” in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The Well has continued to grow in number, and favour in its community.  As a result, they have been welcomed by unchurched residents and community leaders to host their worship gatherings at a community centre located in the heart of the neighbourhood.

They believe that the Gospel is meant to go ‘viral’ – transforming and renewing people, neighbourhoods, cities, provinces, countries and the world!

Robyn SerezRobyn Serez

Robyn Serez is the Eastern Canada Mission Mobilizer with Multiply. She serves our MB churches in the capacity of global mission partnerships and journeys with new workers as they are identified and trained through our churches and agencies. She also directs Leaders Collective for the ONMB, a leadership development program for young adults serving in churches across the region. She attends the Kitchener site of WMB Church, of which she is a member.

MB Seminary

Donna VolletDonna Vollet

Donna Vollet is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and has been employed in the financial services industry since graduation. The past 21 years have been with Canada Life where she holds the position of Regional Sales Manager, Wealth Management. She has served on several boards & committees in the financial services industry, as well as the Leader Impact Saskatoon City Team. Donna attends Forest Grove Community Church, where she has served in numerous roles, including 6 years as Moderator. She is currently the Vice-chair and Governance Committee Chair of the MB Seminary Board. In her spare time, Donna enjoys walking the dogs and is an avid fan of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Saskatchewan Rush. She is married to Don and they have a daughter, son-in-law and adorable granddaughter.

Ray Harms-WiebeRay Harms-Wiebe

Ray was born in Chilliwack, BC.  He surrendered his life to Jesus at 19 years of age while attending Capernwray Bible School in Texas.  In 1983, Ray married Judy in Caxias do Sul, Brazil.  They have three daughters:  Ashley (Colin), Alanna (Benoit) and Alyssa.  They served as church planting missionaries in São Paulo, Brazil for 18 years.  Following their overseas assignment, they moved to Abbotsford where Ray served on MB Mission’s Lead Team for 10 years.  Shortly after beginning a doctoral program in 2014, Ray was called to serve as lead pastor at Willingdon Church.  His life as a missionary, pastor and educator taught him the most basic of truths:  he is called to love God with all his heart, soul, mind and strength and to love his neighbour as himself.  As he has grown in his love for Jesus, he has also grown in his love for the church and its mission.

Rob ReimerRob Reimer

Rob is currently the President of Steinbach Bible College, a position he began in 2007. Prior to this role, he pastored for a combined 11 years at the Highland MB Church in Calgary, and at an MB church in Olathe, Kansas (Community Bible Church). His education includes a D. Min from Fuller Theological Seminary (2007), an M. Div from MBBS (1996) and a B.A. from the University of Winnipeg (1993). He has served on numerous local, national and international boards, including his local church (Steinbach MB Church), Christian Higher Education of Canada (CHEC), and the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). Rob has been married to Myrna for 35 years. They have three adult children and two grandchildren.

Melody LoewenMelody Loewen

Melody Loewen (BRE, MAL cert) is the Director of Care and Team Development at Summit Church, where she disciples and nurtures people, helping them find their God-given purpose. She also develops teams and leaders for ministry within the church and the community.

Melody has worked in several churches across the country both in occupational and lay ministry. Her work experience has been in Student Development at Fresno Pacific University (Fresno CA) and Trinity Western University (Langley BC); Human Resources and Executive Assistant at Emmanuel Bible College (Kitchener ON); Research Coordinator in Nursing at University of Calgary (AB).

Melody is married to Paul and they have three sons, two daughter-in-law’s, three grandchildren (almost four), and a dog. She lives in Calgary, Alberta and loves spending time with family and friends, hiking, camping, cycling, skiing; and she always has a project on the go.

Multiply

Bill SeinenBill Seinen

 Bill lives in Langley BC with Marian, his wife of 36 years. They have four adult children as well as three young grandchildren.   Bill has recently retired from his manufacturing business. His expertise is in operations and finance.

They have been members of North Langley Community Church for over 20 years. Bill has served several terms on its board of elders in areas of finance & facilities and he recently co-chaired a major renovation. Currently Bill serves on the stewardship and development committees.

Chris StevensChris Stevens

Chris is a passionate follower of the person and ways of Jesus. He is the proud father of Sparrow and Eden and husband to the 2nd greatest love of his life, his brilliant and beautiful wife Adrienne. Chris is currently the lead pastor and teacher at WMB Church. His hands-on ministry experience includes founding a church in Ottawa through an entrepreneurial start

He was formerly a licensed minister with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, but has been an ordained minister with the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren since 2005. His strongest gifts are leadership, teaching, and evangelism.

Wendi ThiessenWendi Thiessen

Wendi and her family are members of The Meeting Place (TMP) in Winnipeg where she has served on the elder team. She is married to Richard and together they have 3 sons.

Wendi is semi-retired. She volunteers her time working with urban poor communities, both locally and internationally.

In the workplace Wendi has held positions in the area of finance as Corporate Treasurer at the Canadian Wheat Board and Assistant Vice President in Corporate Finance at Great West Life Co.

Steve BergSteve Berg

Steve is delighted to serve Christ in Abbotsford with the people of South Abbotsford Church. My key pastoral contributions on the team are in preaching and leadership mentoring. He is married to Karen, and they have four married children and a soccer size team of fabulous grandchildren. Steve has served in pastoral leadership for many years. He has also worked in the role of Executive Minister for BCMB and interim National Director for CCMBC.
Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family, driving his VW convertible, singing great music, working in on his yard, riding his “roadie” bike, or playing golf (which should make you laugh out loud!).

Historical Commission

Benny LeungBenny Leung

Benny Leung, member at Mountainview Grace (MB) Church in Calgary, works as a data scientist for the Alberta Securities Commission. I have a keen interest in history, culture, politics and the humanities. In particular, I am interested in why Anabaptist-Mennonite thought has a hard time penetrating Asian (Chinese, in particular) groups. I believe my curiosity in this question will at least spark research interest that will help Mennonite Brethren harmonize theological thinking within Asian communities.