New editor appointed for Rejoice!

April Yamasaki named editor of Rejoice!

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April Yamasaki is a pastor and author of books on spiritual growth and Christian living.

MennoMedia has named April Yamasaki as the new editor of the quarterly devotional magazine Rejoice! Yamasaki replaces Leslie Hawthorne Klingler, who was the editor since 2013.

Yamasaki is well known in both Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA for her writing and insight. Previously the editor of Purpose, her published books include Sacred Pauses, Four Gifts, Christ Is for Us, and On the Way with Jesus. She is working on her fourth collection of sermons for publication in 2023.

“I love engaging with readers and writers and look forward to doing that on behalf of Rejoice!,” says Yamasaki. “I’ve read and written for Rejoice! for years and am now eager to learn more about the publishing side as editor.”

After 25 years of pastoral ministry at Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Yamasaki is now a resident author with Valley CrossWay Church, a liturgical worship community in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Yamasaki writes on spiritual growth and Christian living online and in print publications and is a frequent guest speaker in other churches and settings.

Rejoice! has been a staple in Mennonite and Mennonite Brethren homes for 50 years this fall,” says Amy Gingerich, publisher at MennoMedia. “It’s much beloved by readers, and it’s a pleasure to welcome April to the team and see how she gives shape to our devotional life going forward.”

“I pray that by reading Rejoice!, people will grow as followers of Jesus—deepening their faith in God, developing a closer connection with Christian community, and finding inspiration to pray and live out their faith in daily life,” Yamasaki says.

MennoMedia, the publishing arm of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada, and Kindred Productions, the Mennonite Brethren publisher of the Canadian Conference of MB Churches, partnered in 1972 to publish Rejoice! MennoMedia assumed full ownership of Rejoice! beginning with the fall 2022 issue.

Press release from MennoMedia

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