Since we moved to Elmira in 2010, I have been a pastor in this gifted and service-minded congregation which loves to sing. It is my challenge and blessing to share in the ministries of preaching, teaching, administration and pastoral care. Because the future of the church depends on calling the younger generation to faith in Christ and service in God’s Kingdom, I find special joy in encouraging the gifts of young people and working with lay leadership teams.
Like the prophet Samuel who heard God’s call as a young boy, my call to ministry came in my childhood. I am ever grateful for the opportunities to develop and use my gifts—first in my home congregation and then through serving as a pastor at Mennonite Churches in Wilmot Township and Listowel. A favourite scripture comes from Micah 6, “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Rosie (Zehr) and I have been married since 1980. We have three young adult children who are all married, busy in their chosen careers and serving the Lord in various congregations in Waterloo Region.
Woodworking, gardening and grafting fruit trees are hobbies which connect me with the marvels and beauty of creation and the Creator who stands behind it all.
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Having grown up in Elmira, I am so thankful for my home congregation of Zion Mennonite Fellowship where my faith was nurtured and participation in the congregation was encouraged. Since beginning as Elmira Mennonite Church’s Youth Worker in 2012, I have appreciated the support and encouragement of the EMC family to explore ministry and respond to the call to accept greater responsibility. The winding road that led me to accept the call to serve as pastor at Elmira Mennonite Church includes studying Wildlife Biology at University of Guelph, working on a chicken farm, and completing a Masters of Theological Studies at Conrad Grebel University College.
I am grateful for the warm welcomed extended to my wife, Laura Jane, before and since our marriage in 2017.
I love exploring the natural world, dabbling in beekeeping, and, along with my wife, caring for our rented farmhouse property. My relationship with God continues to be enriched by the intersection between faith and creation. I’m fascinated by the Biblical character Elisha. Maybe it is his boldness, or perhaps the unexpected stories where God acts in powerful ways in the ins-and-outs of daily life. Through those stories, I am challenged to be alert to the movement of the Spirit in the everyday.
Telephone: 519-669-5123 ext. 4