MC USA creates national ministry role for racial-ethnic engagement

Sue Park-Hur and Rachel Ringenberg Miller. — Mennonite Church USA Sue Park-Hur and Rachel Ringenberg Miller. — Mennonite Church USA

Mennonite Church USA has created a new role focused on racial-ethnic engagement and announced two other staff appointments.

Sue Park-Hur, denominational minister of transformative peacemaking, will become director of racial-­ethnic engagement. This new position was created to work with the racial-ethnic entities within MC USA, support the program agencies in this work and help denominational leaders to define MC USA diversity, equity and inclusion goals, standards and desired outcomes.

“I hope we can live deeper into the Renewed Commitments for MC USA that envision ‘the Spirit to empower our communities to embody the grace, joy and peace of the gospel’ not only outwardly but inwardly as a denominational body,” Park-Hur said. “My new role will focus on building stronger internal relationships between racial-ethnic groups and our agencies.”

She begins her new role this month.

A former co-lead pastor and church planter, Park-Hur’s passion is to see the church living out the shalom of the gospel. She attends Pasadena Mennonite Church in California.

Park-Hur will also lead the Hope for the Future conference, a gathering that brings together leaders of color to explore the ways that power, privilege and racism function in the church.

“Our hope is that this [new role] will provide more support for the racial-ethnic groups and the Racial/Ethnic Council,” said Iris de León-Hartshorn, associate executive director. “We also hope that it will help to facilitate more connection between our agencies and racial-ethnic groups of the church, as well as continue to increase and grow intercultural work.”

MC USA has also appointed Rachel Ringenberg Miller as denominational minister of ministerial leadership. She will engage conferences and congregations, providing resources and services.

Ringenberg Miller graduated from Goshen College and Eastern Mennonite Seminary. She was associate pastor of Portland Mennonite Church in Oregon and most recently lead pastor of Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton, Kan.

“I am very much looking forward to offering support to ministers as they transition into congregational ministry settings,” she said. “I am also excited to build and develop relationships across MC USA.”

MC USA also welcomed Rod Hol­linger-Janzen as administrative assistant for church vitality. He manages the denomination’s pastoral calling system, known as the Ministerial Leadership Information process. In collaboration with conference offices, he maintains the database records for credentialed leaders.

He previously served as executive coordinator for Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission. He is an Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary graduate and attends Waterford Mennonite Church in Goshen, Ind.

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