Executive Leadership welcomes new staff, roles
Search for director of denominational support services continuesby Mennonite Church USA
Upon his new position as Mennonite Church USA executive director, Ervin Stutzman announced a move to a slightly different arrangement for executive staff, which will replace the associate director role with two positions: director of churchwide operations and director of denominational support services.
Stutzman appointed Marty Lehman to serve as director of churchwide operations.
Lehman's new position carries responsibility for communication, development, convention planning and church relations. She will also continue to give leadership to the Historical Committee, finance/administration and The Corinthian Plan.
In the long term, finance and administration will move to the new support services position. Lehman will continue to work from her office in Elkhart, Ind., and Kathryn Rodgers will serve as executive assistant.
On Feb. 1, Leanne Farmwald, director of marketing and communication for Mennonite Mission Network, began quarter-time with Executive Leadership as director of the Executive Leadership communication team along with her role as director of marketing and communication for Mennonite Mission Network. This is an interim arrangement and will be reviewed in the coming months.
On Feb. 22, Executive Leadership welcomed Deidre (Summerton) Bias on staff. She joins the convention planning team in the role of convention communication coordinator.
Bias will write all external print pieces related to convention promotion and marketing. She will also work with the children and junior youth gatherings and take on other logistical planning responsibilities as needed.
Bias, a Goshen and Elkhart, Ind., native and a Goshen College graduate, attends College Mennonite Church in Goshen. Most recently she worked for First Steps as the family outreach and public awareness coordinator.
Her responsibilities included promoting the statewide program, which works with children, birth to 3, who have special needs and their families. She loves to read and travel and is always in the midst of planning the next adventure for her and her family.
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