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Board Announces Leadership Change

by CCMBC Communications

The Executive Board of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (CCMBC) announced today that Willy Reimer will be leaving his position as Executive Director effective November 25, 2016.

After much discussion and prayer, the Board came to consensus that a leadership change was required for the opportunities and challenges facing the conference at this time. This difficult decision followed a thorough and thoughtful process in board sessions which included mapping out the strengths and challenges in our conference. The process included the use of an external facilitator who helped the board synthesize the diverse perspectives from previous conversations held with Executive Board members, staff, conference leaders and churches.

David Miller, the chair of BFL reflected “The BFL, in accordance with CCMBC governance principles, has walked with the Executive Board throughout the process.  The Executive Board has sought to serve in an approach rooted in love and discernment as expressed in Philippians 1:9-11.”

“Willy is a passionate man of God who excelled at articulating the vision and mission of the denomination,” said Bruce Enns, Acting Moderator. “We hope that Willy will continue to use his gifts to serve the Kingdom in some capacity.”

In his years as Executive Director, Willy led the conference in the establishment of a new vision around the mission of multiplying “Christ centred churches to see Canada transformed by the good news of Jesus Christ.”  In addition he led the process of renewing an alignment of conference ministries and strengthened the partnerships between the national and provincial conferences to serve all our MB churches, which include the ministries of L2L and C2C.

The board has begun an evaluative process to review governance challenges that the board must own; as well as  leadership needs within the denomination.  Our desire as a board is to continue to align conference ministries to address the missional realities that local churches find themselves in as they serve in their communities and the world.

Please join the board in holding Willy and Gwen in prayer as they trust God for directing their future ministry.

The Board, together with our staff, remains committed to our mission of multiplying Christ-centered churches to see Canada transformed by the good news of Jesus Christ. Your continued prayers towards that end are deeply appreciated.

For more information contact mbboard@mbchurches.ca

CCMBC Executive Board

Bruce Enns (SK), Acting Moderator

Marilyn Hiebert (BC), Secretary

Michael Dick (BC), Member-at-Large

David MacLean (BC), Member-at-Large

Howie Wall (SK), Member-at-Large

Karen Grace Pankratz (MB), Member-at-Large

Don Petker, BC Moderator

Matt Dyck, AB Moderator

Tony Martens, SK Moderator

Ruth Schellenberg, MB Moderator

Karen West, ON Representative

Zacharie Leclair, QC Representative

Paul Lam, BFL Representative

David Miller, BFL Representative


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Abe Klassen November 26, 2016 - 2:02 pm

Praying for you all.

Art Birch November 28, 2016 - 1:03 pm

We are praying for all as well. I’ve very much appreciated the former CCMBC board chair and Willy and Gwen. May God protect, provide, and lead. Ron Toews will be in my prayers.

John Unger November 30, 2016 - 12:43 pm

Further explanations were given in an Executive Board posting on Monday(?), but now that post seems to be missing. Has it been removed from the Herald page?

CCMBC Communications November 30, 2016 - 3:39 pm

Hi John,
Yes, that post has been removed. Please stay tuned for an update in the near future.

John Unger November 30, 2016 - 5:41 pm


Pastor Kelly Cochrane December 2, 2016 - 7:38 am

After my Church Board meeting last light were left confused and dismayed. As a pastor I felt at a loss not being able to answer their questions.

We are praying for our leaders.

CCMBC Communications December 7, 2016 - 9:36 am

For follow-up information to this news, please see here: https://www.mennonitebrethren.ca/news/qa-with-moderator-bruce-enns/


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