Henry Paetkau Announced as MCEC Area Church Minister
“It feels like I am coming home.” – Henry Paetkau
Not only has Henry Paetkau been directly involved in nurturing leaders for the church, he himself has been the recipient of such formation and care.
“I’ve grown up and been formed by the church, and have served the church all my life,” says Paetkau. “It seemed natural and appropriate to continue to minister in a role that prepares people to serve the church.”
Through his recent presidency at Conrad Grebel University College, and his former minister roles at Mennonite Church Canada, Grace, Harrow, and Windsor Mennonite churches, Paetkau has had a hand in church leadership formation and development.
David Martin, MCEC Executive Minister, is delighted by this appointment and states, “Henry is uniquely qualified to shape curriculum and new training initiatives for the next generation of pastoral leaders. He brings a depth of experience that will inspire the new vision for this position, as he provides leadership for the rich theological, cultural, and leadership mosaic in MCEC.”
As Area Church Minister, Paetkau will invite pastors and congregations to be intentional about their
mission of making the church relevant in an increasingly secular society. In particular, he will work closely with pastors in discerning their sense of call, assisting with their credentialing, and providing a consistent and strong support for leadership within Mennonite Church Eastern Canada.
He reflects, “I continue to be grateful for the love and grace that I have received from the church in
pastoral ministry and want to nurture and offer that to other pastors. It is a challenging, but very fulfilling and life-giving ministry. My heart remains in the church, and at heart I am a pastoral person - so it feels like I am coming home.”
Paetkau and will begin his new position of Area Church Minister in summer of 2012.
Mennonite Church Eastern Canada is comprised of 105 congregations and church plants in Ontario,
Quebec, and New Brunswick, worshipping in 12 different languages. They are committed to extending the peace of Jesus Christ to their communities, provinces, and world.