Stephen Sheane began serving as senior pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Virgil, Ont. in February. After graduating from the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ont., he earned an M.Div. from Ontario Theological (now Tyndale) Seminary in Toronto. He and his wife Naomi, a graduate of Ontario Bible College, served as youth pastor couple at Philpott Memorial Church in Hamilton, Ont. for two years, served on the Operation Mobilization ship M.V. Doulos for two years, served as English-language pastor couple at the National Evangelical Church of Kuwait for six years, and then served as small group pastor couple at Bethany Community Church back in Canada for a-year-and-a-half. They have three daughters, Petra, 7, Hillary, 5, and Amanda, 3.
Dan and Berni Warkentin have accepted a call to become senior pastor couple of Valleyview Bible Church in Kamloops, B.C., effective June 1, replacing LaMont and Shirley Schmidt, who are retiring. Dan has a B.R.E. from Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alta. and an M.A. from Providence Theological Seminary in Otterburne, Man. He was associate pastor for three-and-a-half years at Ross Road Community Church in Abbotsford, B.C., was half-time youth and outreach pastor at Steinbach (Man.) MB Church for two-and-a-half years, pastored Parkland Community Church in Yorkton, Sask. for seven years and most recently served as church planter/pastor of Discovery Church in Pitt Meadows, B.C. for five years. He and Berni have three children, Steven, 18, Janice, 17, and Carissa, 15.
Graham Kent began serving as associate pastor for adult ministries at Ross Road Community Church in Abbotsford, B.C. on Jan. 1. He grew up in England, where he worked as a nurse. He came to Canada in 1984, joined the Ross Road Church and married Eleanor, who had grown up in the church. Over the next few years, he worked at a number of jobs in agriculture and landscaping; for the last three years, he has been head groundskeeper at Trinity Western University. He is taking courses at Associated Canadian Theological Schools in Langley, B.C. The Kents have two children, Meagen, 12, and Jason, 10.
Henry Wiebe resigned Nov. 30 as interim senior pastor of Tofield (Alta.) MB Church, after serving for 15 months, specifically in the area of conflict resolution. Previously, he served in a similar interim capacity at Warman (Sask.) MB Church for two years. He has also served as pastor of a Chortitzer Mennonite Church in B.C. for three years and as a counsellor with Burden Bearers of Canada for 12 years. He is a graduate of Peace River Bible Institute and a registered clinical counsellor with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors. He and his wife Annabelle have six grown children.
Bob and Betty Cappelle began serving as senior pastor couple of Herbert (Sask.) MB Church on Jan. 1. They resigned as senior pastor couple of Northwest Community Church in Meadow Lake, Sask. in November, after serving there for over 11 years. They became Christians as adults through the Evangelical Free Church in Deloraine, Man. and were also discipled by members of Boissevain MB Church in Boissevain, Man., where they owned a meat processing business. Before becoming a pastor, Bob earned a B.A. in pastoral ministry from Briercrest Bible College in Caronport, Sask. and worked for a year as a graduate intern at Briercrest. He has also taken courses toward a master’s degree at Briercrest Biblical Seminary. The Cappelles have three grown children and four grandchildren.
On Jan. 1, Joy Matthews began serving as full-time pastor of administration at Eastview Community Church in Winnipeg, where she has been a member for two years. Born in Newfoundland, she earned a certificate in stenography from a vocational school in Springdale, Nfld., studied two years at the Salvation Army College for Officer Training in St. John’s, Nfld., earned a certificate in business administration from Ryerson University in Toronto and earned a B.A. in administration and political science from the University of Winnipeg. She worked for 18 years, mostly in administration, for the Salvation Army in Newfoundland, Toronto, Calgary and Winnipeg, nine of those years as an ordained minister. For the last two years, she has been an administrator with Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. She is married to Joel.
Carson Pue began serving as part-time interim senior pastor of Murrayville Community Church in Langley, B.C. in January, for an expected three-month term. He is president of Arrow Leadership Ministries based in Vancouver, an organization founded by Leighton Ford to develop young leaders worldwide. He has a B.Ed. and an M.A. in religious studies from the University of Calgary and an honorary Doctor of Christian Ministries degree from Trinity Western University. He has previously pastored three other churches, was ordained in 1989 in First Baptist Church in Calgary and served for five years as executive director of Chuck Swindoll’s Insight for Living radio program. He is on the boards of World Vision, Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and the Billy Graham Center. He and his wife Brenda have three children, Jason, 21, Jeremy, 16, and Jonathan, 13. Jason is currently serving as youth pastor at the church.
Ruth Rempel resigned in mid-January as part-time director of children’s ministry at Mountain Park Community Church in Abbotsford, B.C. She had been serving in the position for about three years and worked as a volunteer in the program for eight years before that. She and her husband Steve have three children, Richie, 14, Brittany, 13, and Ryan, 11.
Thirty-seven workers participated in orientation at Mennonite Central Committee headquarters in Akron, Pa. Jan. 21–Feb. 4. Nineteen are beginning overseas assignments; 18 are beginning North American assignments. Heidi Braun of Vancouver is beginning a two-year assignment in Vancouver as Praxis Project coordinator. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Winnipeg and last worked as a summer staff missionary with Youth for Christ in Winnipeg. She is a member of Yarrow MB Church in Yarrow, B.C. Nina Kesel of Calgary is beginning a two-year assignment as a peace worker in Calgary. She attends Highland MB Church in Calgary. Gwen Plett of Calgary is beginning a two-year assignment as a receptionist in Calgary. She has a diploma in biblical studies from Bethany Bible Institute in Hepburn, Sask.
Ross and Dawn Penner were commissioned as lead pastor couple of the Glencairn MB Church, Kitchener, Sept. 22. Ross previously served as lead pastor in Hepburn, Sask. for 6 years and as associate pastor of youth ministries at Dalhousie Community Church in Calgary for 4 years. Ross and Dawn both graduated from MBBS in 1992. Dawn has worked as a counsellor and social worker. Ross and Dawn have two sons, Jotham (16) and Matthew (14). Pictured are (l–r) pastor Bill Stubbs, moderator Peter Burkard, Dawn Penner, Ross Penner and Ontario conference pastor Mark Johnson.
Kim Thiessen, of Foothills Mennonite Church, Calgary, is featured in a CD produced by Mennonite Central Committee and the church. “To Such as These – songs and lullabies for Children of the World” was produced in response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. Joining Thiessen at the release was guitarist Daryl Neustaeter Barg of Winnipeg and the Menno Simons School choir of Calgary. The hope was to sell 1000 CDs. Several printings later, 5000 have been produced.
Note: Baptism photos appear in the paper version of the Herald but not in the online version.
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