Speakers announced for special assembly

Sarpiya Sarpiya

Mennonite Church USA has ­announced the worship speakers — led by Samuel Sarpiya, an Anabaptist pastor from Ontario — for its special session of the delegate assembly May 27-30 in Kansas City, Mo.

The assembly will begin with a worship service featuring story­tellers on “Emerging Through the Storms of Leadership,” based on their ministry experiences.

The storytellers will be:

— Jeff Hochstetler, lead pastor of Berlin Mennonite Church in Ohio;

— Katherine Jameson Pitts of Portland, Ore., executive conference minister of Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference;

— Sunoko Lin, pastor of Maranatha Christian Fellowship, Northridge, Calif.; and

— Anna Yoder Schlabach, pastor of worship and pastoral care at Assembly Mennonite Church in Goshen, Ind.

Sarpiya, discipleship pastor at The Meeting House in Oakville, Ont., will lead morning worship on Saturday and Sunday. He is an author, teacher, trainer, activist and coach for leaders who want to create a better world using methods of peace and non­violence.

Also on Saturday, a panel of leaders will participate in a discussion on “Perspectives: Ministry in Context.” Marisa Smucker, Mennonite Mission Network’s senior executive for Ventures, will lead the panel, which will include:

— Jess Engle, pastor of worship, outreach and administration at Hesston Mennonite Church in Kansas;

— Vickie Pruitt-Sorrells, pastor of Lee Heights Mennonite Church in Cleveland;

— Megan Ramer, lead pastor of Seattle Mennonite Church; and

— Aldo Siahaan, pastor of Philadelphia Praise Center.

On Monday morning, Malinda Elizabeth Berry and Sarah Ann ­Bixler will share a message, “Great Expectations? Rejoicing and Mourning in One Body,” with a scriptural grounding in Ecclesiastes 3.

Berry is associate professor of theology and ethics and chair of the History, Theology and Ethics Department at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Bixler is assistant professor of formation and practical theology and associate dean of Eastern Mennonite Seminary.

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