Chief Operations Officer leaves for other pastures

“Over the last two years, I have felt God’s leading toward full-time pastoral ministry and I am excited to have this opportunity now,” says Len Rempel.

Len Rempel will complete his service with Mennonite World Conference as Chief Operations Officer April 2021. A trained accountant, he came to MWC in 2011 with a wealth of experience in finances and international work with Ten Thousand Villages and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Since 2016, Len Rempel was also serving part-time as pastor of St Agatha Mennonite Church, near Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Len taking photos
Len Rempel Photo: realfotokenya

“Len is a team player. We are grateful for his contribution to Mennonite World Conference,” says César García, MWC general secretary. “He helped us to quickly respond to needs created by the pandemic this year by working on the logistics of the COVID-19 response fund which allowed MWC and Anabaptist service and mission partners to disburse grants of up to $10,000 to 45 projects in the Global South.

“In addition to ably managing our finances and interpreting them to staff, Executive Committee and General Council in a way that can be understood, he is also a pastoral presence,” says César García. “We will miss his sense of adventure – and his beautiful pictures of MWC events and nature scenery.”

MWC has posted a job description for the next Chief Operations Officer. The position is based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. It demands competences in accounting and financial reporting, maintaining corporate status in Canada and the USA, developing administrative policies for the North American offices, managing human resources and information technology for staff and participating in senior leadership.

The application closing date is 26 February 2021 with a 19 April 2021 start date.

“It has been a pleasure and an honour to work with MWC and be a part of the global church in this way. I know that as I make this move, God will continue to be with me and the global church will remain a part of who I am and what I do,” says Len Rempel.