Elton DaSilva, national director for the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, will leave that role in October and become global director of the International Community of Mennonite Brethren.
ICOMB announced the change in leadership at its annual gathering May 10-14 in Abbotsford, B.C.
DaSilva will succeed Rudi Plett, who will conclude his work with ICOMB next year after serving two three-year terms.
DaSilva will continue with CCMBC until October and begin with ICOMB in January.
A member of the ICOMB Executive Committee, DaSilva has “strong spiritual leadership qualities, an impeccable reputation, a clear and aligned theological position and extensive familiarity with conferences in both the Global North and South,” said Paul Dück of Brazil, who chairs the Executive Committee. “His ability to connect with additional resources will greatly aid in the expansion and consolidation of conferences.”
CCMBC Executive Board interim moderator Cam Stuart thanked DaSilva for moving the denomination forward “with a sharper vision for what God has called us to be and do in building his kingdom in Canada, following our principal value of scriptural authority.”