Ken Warkentin tenders resignation as Mennonite Church Manitoba Executive Minister
Ken Warkentin announced his resignation after almost 10 years of service to Mennonite Church Manitoba (MCM) at the November 18 meeting of the Board. Ken expects to serve as Executive Minister until June 2020.
“These have been years of tremendous personal growth and learning, years of joyful collaboration with board, staff and constituency, and years of wonder as I watched what God has done and might be doing in the Church and Manitoba and beyond,” Warkentin wrote in his letter of resignation.
“Ken has provided excellent, sensitive leadership to MCM in a period of significant transition. His many years of pastoral experience gave him a love for the congregation which shaped the way he performed his role. We will miss him very much,” shared MCM Board chair, Gerald Gerbrandt.
Ken came to MCM January 1, 2011 after 29 years in pastoral ministry in three Mennonite Church congregations and one non-denominational congregation. Warkentin’s passions for the Mennonite community and peoplehood were sharpened in this time.
“When I began at MCM, two large agenda items lay before us: the reorganization of our camping ministry; and the beginning of the conversation on LGBTQ+ inclusion. I didn’t anticipate the depth to which the reorganization of Mennonite Church Canada, our nationwide church, would become part of my work,” reflected Ken, on some of the big picture tasks that occupied his time. “A focus on congregational health became a passion for me, as we worked through these significant changes.”
Ken insisted on celebrating the staff of MCM, “I have been privileged to work with capable and dedicated staff who seem tireless in their service of the Church they love. They have been a model of dedication to our congregations.”
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For more information, contact MCM Board Chair, Gerald Gerbrandt at email@example.com