The board of directors of The Mennonite, Inc., announces that Anna Groff, interim editor, will begin a permanent role of executive director (ED) of The Mennonite, Inc., effective immediately.
The ED is a new role created by the board of directors to bring broad vision to the organization as a content delivery system for Mennonite Church USA and beyond, and work to develop programs appropriate for the digital age.
The ED will continue to function as CEO of The Mennonite, Inc.
Gordon Houser will become editor of the print magazine, The Mennonite.
Houser has been associate editor of The Mennonite since 1998. From 1992-1997, he served as editor of The Mennonite, the General Conference Mennonite Church publication, which merged with Gospel Herald in 1998.
After 13 years as editor, Everett Thomas left The Mennonite in January 2014, and Groff became interim editor Feb. 1, 2014.
Along with an increased focus on expanding the publication’s web presence, the ED will prioritize development work—both fund-raising and grant proposal writing—and seeking out new web and print advertising opportunities.
The ED will continue to write articles and provide a portion of the editorials for the print magazine.
“The Mennonite, Inc. is seeking to grow our content delivery through digital technology,” Barth Hague, chair of The Mennonite, Inc. board of directors said.
“In her new role, Anna will provide the vision and leadership we need to move our organization into web-based services while ensuring that we continue to serve our readers and fulfill our purpose and mission,” he added.
During Groff’s year as interim editor in 2014, she launched a new website, www.themennonite.org, which experienced a record-breaking increase in web traffic and social media engagement this fall.
“I’m looking forward to expanding the digital side of The Mennonite, Inc.,” says Groff. “We value providing our readers with real-time reporting on issues facing the church and we continue to seek out creative ways to fund this service. It’s an exciting and challenging time to be in publishing.”
Groff has worked for The Mennonite since 2006, beginning as assistant/web editor and later becoming associate editor. She will continue to work from her home in Tucson, Ariz.
She is an elder at Shalom Mennonite Church and is married to Brian Miller, a family doctor with the Indian Health Service. They have a 7-month-old daughter, Ella Miller.