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USMB staff is serving well

USMB staff members (standing) Connie Faber, Henri Ngolo, Don Morris, Donna Sullivan, (seated) Janae Rempel, Brian Harris, J.L. Martin and Lori Taylor. Photo: Janae Rempel

“As I travel around our five districts, hold Zoom calls with leaders or talk on the phone with pastors, I’m often surprised by how little some people know about the staff that serves our USMB family so well,” says USMB national director Don Morris. “I want to make sure we all know who they are and what they do.”

Donna Sullivan, Wichita, Kansas, has served USMB since 1990 as administrative secretary/bookkeeper. She also works with event planning, including the biennial USMB Gathering.

“Donna likely knows more about USMB matters than just about anyone else on the planet,” Morris says.

Sullivan and her husband, Tim, the Southern District Conference district minister, are often on the road on weekends visiting SDC churches or keeping track of their three grown children and eight grandchildren.

Connie Faber, Hillsboro, Kansas, has served as the Christian Leader editor since 2004 and worked for the magazine 10 years prior to that. She also helps produce C-Link, an online news digest, and chairs the CL Editorial Committee. She and her husband, Dave, have three adult children and one grandchild. Faber has led the magazine to several Evangelical Press Association awards, including a “best-in-class” first-place honor in 2022.

Janae Rempel, also of Hillsboro, joined the USMB staff as Christian Leader assistant editor in 2017 and transitioned to associate editor in January 2020. Rempel is known for her excellent writing and interviewing skills. She’s also an experienced photographer. In July 2020, Rempel began serving as the USMB administrative assistant which encompasses about half of her overall work hours. She enjoys sports and a good cup of coffee.

Lori Taylor, Bakersfield, California, served as the USMB administrative assistant from 2008-2020. Now she serves about five hours a week as the USMB webmaster, updating the site and providing creative input. She and her husband, Geoff, have four married children and four granddaughters. Always an encourager, Taylor loves connecting with and encouraging other women, especially young moms.

Brian Harris, Owasso, Oklahoma, is the USMB church planting mobilizer, leading the charge for a national vision for church planting and renewal. Harris planted a church in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, in the early 2000s. He joined the USMB staff in mid-2022. He chairs the Church Planting Council and envisions many regional networks of MB churches joining together as clusters to plant more MB churches. He and his wife, Stephanie, have two grown daughters.

J.L. Martin, Hesston, Kansas, currently serves five hours per week creating social media posts and helping to facilitate the LEAD Pods podcast. In September 2023, Martin will become a full-time USMB employee, working alongside Sullivan in bookkeeping and event planning as well as continuing social media work. He and his wife, Bethany, have four children.

Henri Ngolo, Hamilton, Ohio, joined the USMB staff part-time as integrated immigrant coordinator in November 2022. In this role, he connects with Congolese pastors and churches that have joined USMB or are exploring the possibility. He also collaborates with district leaders for integration opportunities. Ngolo and his wife, Bienvenue, have three children and attend Christian Center the Hand of God in Hamilton, Ohio, a new USMB church. Ngolo also has ministry endeavors in DR Congo, including Kid’s Village for orphans.

“These people enthusiastically serve our USMB family,” Morris says. “Let them know how much you appreciate them. I sure do!”

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