Willy Reimer leaves position as executive director
CCMBC press release
The Executive Board of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (CCMBC) announced November 25 that Willy Reimer will be leaving his position as executive director effective immediately.
After much discussion and prayer, the Executive 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 says, “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,” says 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, Reimer 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. The desire of the 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 Reimer and his wife, Gwen, in prayer as they trust God for directing their future ministry.
The board, together with CCMBC 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.
Read more in this interview with Moderator Bruce Enns.