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New Representation for Alberta

posted 21 Mar 2018, 21:16 by June Miller, MCA Communications

MCA elects Brenda Tiessen-Wiens 

and Margaret Kruger-Harder for Joint Council

Coaldale, AB, March 17 - Brenda Tiessen-Wiens and Margaret Kruger-Harder will represent Mennonite Church Alberta (MCA) in Joint Council. Since October 2017, the Nationwide Church is governed directly by the Regional Churches through a Joint Council. Each Regional Church holds two seats: the Moderator and a Member-at-Large. Tiessen-Wiens and Kruger-Harder fill those positions, respectively.  MCA’S Annual Delegate Sessions was held in Lethbridge and Coaldale, AB on March 16 and 17, 2018. The sessions, designed around theme “The Church Born Anew,” hosted Palmer Becker speaking from his series on “Begin Anew.” 

“It’s an exciting time to be a part of Mennonite Church Alberta!,” says Tiessen-Wiens, “After several years of anticipating changes to our regional and national church bodies, we are now realizing the opportunities that these changes will bring. I am a member of Foothills Mennonite Church, where I am inspired by and enjoy connecting with women in our women’s theology class. My volunteer time is spent teaching English with people from the Chin church and serving on the Mission & Service Committee, both of which provide a taste of the richness and diversity of our congregations. Over the next two years, I look forward to meeting more people in each of our church homes, as we grow together!”

Margaret is also a member of Foothills Mennonite Church in Calgary. She has lived in Calgary since

1987 when she moved from her teaching job in Mississauga, Ontario, to teach at Menno Simons Christian School. While teaching, she took a two-year sabbatical to attend Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), graduating with a Masters of Theology and Ethics, and a certificate in Conflict Mediation. She also holds an Arts degree from University of Waterloo/Conrad Grebel University College, a Theology degree from Canadian Mennonite University, and an Education degree from Western University in London, Ontario. She has been involved with the Alberta Conference of Mennonites as Education Representative and on the Community Building Committee.  At Foothills, she served on the board as Education Trustee and taught Sunday School for many years. Currently, she is on the Worship Committee, leads worship, and gives sermons. She met her husband, Michael, in Calgary, and they have a teenage son, Richard.  She is excited about being part of the Joint Council as Mennonite Church Alberta's representative and helping set priorities to represent the needs and gifts of the five area conferences. Together, she envisions being a continual presence of God's love in the world.