Bogotá, Colombia – Mennonite World Conference has appointed three Regional Representatives to nurture relations with member and associate member churches in Asia and the Pacific. The representatives are to begin September 1.
The announcement was made by MWC General Secretary, César García. “Having persons like this to help connect member churches in a widespread region,” he said, “will help to build a stronger identity and interdependency as Anabaptist Christians.”
The proposal to appoint three part time representatives was developed by MWC’s Asia Caucus and drew support from the MWC Executive Committee at its meeting in May 2013.
The three representatives are: Timothius Adhi Dharma, from Indonesia; Cynthia Peacock, from India; and Kyong-Jung Kim, from South Korea.
Adhi Dharma is General Secretary of the Persatuan Gereja-Gereja Kristen Muria Indonesia (GKMI – Muria Christian Church of Indonesia). He was one of the Asia Global Mennonite History Project’s writers. As Southeast Asia Representative, he will be responsible for relationships with churches in Indonesia, Australia/New Zealand, Myanmar, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand.
Cynthia Peacock served as a social worker with Mennonite Central Committee for 38 years prior to her retirement in 2006. She chairs the MWC Deacons Commission. As South Asia Representative, she will be responsible for relationships with churches in India and Nepal.
Kyong-Jung Kim has served with the Korea Anabaptist Center for the past 11 years and is also an active member/co-leader of the Jesus Village Church. As Northeast Asia Representative, he will be responsible for relationships with churches in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong/China.
MWC news release
Photo: Adhi Dharma
Photo: Cynthia Peacock
Photo: Kyong-Jung Kim