MWC appoints new COO, European regional rep

Jeanette Bissoon, left, is Mennonite World Conference's new chief operations officer. José Arrais, right, has been serving as regional representative for Europe since November. — Mennonite World Conference Jeanette Bissoon, left, is Mennonite World Conference’s new chief operations officer. José Arrais, right, has been serving as regional representative for Europe since November. — Mennonite World Conference

Jeanette Bissoon of Kitchener, Ont., is Mennonite World Conference’s new chief operations officer. She succeeds Len Rempel, who is moving into a pastorate after 10 years serving MWC.

A member of First Mennonite Church in Kitchener, Bissoon was director of finance for the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. She has also worked in international development with Save the Children and Mennonite Economic Development Associates, supported new Canadians through English tutoring and served as treasurer on the board of Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support.

The duties of MWC’s regional representative for Europe have been taken on by José Arrais. He was president of the Association of the Mennonite Brethren of Portugal until 2020. He is known to the MWC family through his service as network coordinator for the Global Anabaptist Service Network and Global Mission Fellowship and involvement with the Global Anabaptist Health Network steering committee.

Arrais has been serving since November, making connections with regional national member churches virtually and through a weekly prayer email. He and his wife, Paula, live in Portugal and have three young adult children.

Due to a variety of reasons, including staff moves and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bogotá, Colombia, MWC office closed in March. Staff who served from that space will work from home.

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