Mennonite World Conference welcomes new faces and finds familiar ones in new places.
MWC is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeanette Bissoon as Chief Operations Officer. She takes on the task from Len Rempel who is moving into a pastorate after 10 years serving MWC’s operations.
Jeanette Bissoon is a member of First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. She comes to MWC from the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony where she served as director of finance for the past 10 years. She has also worked in international development with Save the Children and Mennonite Economic Development Associates; supported new Canadians through English tutoring; and served as treasurer on the board of Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support. Through her work, she has travelled to parts of Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia.
“I look forward to working with people of Anabaptist faith from around the world who value peace-making and service,” she says.
The duties of MWC’s regional representative for Europe have been taken on by José Arrais. President of Associacão dos Irmãos Menonitas de Portugal until 2020, he is already known to the MWC family through his service as network coordinator for the Global Anabaptist Service Network and Global Mission Fellowship and his involvement with the Global Anabaptist Health Network steering committee.
José Arrais has been serving since November 2020, making connections with the regional national member churches virtually and through a weekly prayer email. José Arrais and his wife Paula live in Portugal and have three young adult children.
Due to a variety of reasons, including staff moves and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bogotá MWC office closed in March 2021. Staff who served from that space will work from home.