EMM appoints MMN minister new president

Marvin Lorenzana, a minister with Mennonite Mission Network of Mennonite Church USA, has been appointed president of Eastern Mennonite Missions. The EMM Board of Directors made the announcement Oct. 19.


Lorenzana will begin his role on Feb. 15 and replaces Gerry Keener, who served as president since January 2019. Keener is retiring to focus on serving in Vietnam and the U.S.

EMM is the mission agency of LMC: A Fellowship of Anabaptist Churches.

Lorenzana has worked with MMN since 2013 as minister for discipleship initiatives, coaching church leaders interested in developing a culture of disciple-making within their congregations. In 2009, Lorenzana founded the Mennonite Hispanic Initiative, a ministry of Virginia Mennonite Missions.

He has also been director of the multicultural student services office at Eastern Mennonite University; director of learning, exploring and participating at Eastern Mennonite Seminary; and adviser for Latinos with multicultural students at EMU. He is a graduate of EMU and EMS.

Born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Loren­zana felt a calling from God in 1994 to become a missionary to the nation with the second-largest Hispanic population in the world — the United States.

For his service as EMM president, Lorenzana will be recognized as an ordained minister in LMC. Lorenzana and his wife, Mariana, live in Harrisonburg, Va., and will relocate to Lancaster, Pa.

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