Yesterday, the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board named Ervin R. Stutzman the next executive director of Mennonite Church USA. Given that we’ve had three posts (by ST, by me and by Steve K) and 15 comments here on YAR about the search process for this position, I thought it would be worth talking about whether or not this appointment meets your expectations and hopes.
But the first step is finding out more about Ervin. I, for one, have never heard of him before. Do any of you know much about him? The highlights from his official bio in the Mennonite article include:
- He wrote Emma: a Widow Among the Amish (3.5 stars on Amazon) and Tobias of the Amish (4.5 stars on Amazon) along with 8 other church related books. Anyone read any of these?
- He was a bishop in Lancaster Mennonite Conference starting in 1984 and become the moderator of the Lancaster Conference from 1991 to 2000.
- He and his wife served with Rosedale Mennonite Missions for five years. This is the mission wing of the Conservative Mennonite Conference
- Strong involvement in the Mennonite Church USA bureaucracy from 1999 onwards, serving on the Executive Board for Mennonite Church USA from then till 2005 and serving as the denominational moderator from 2001 to 2003.
- He was born in Iowa, raise in Kansas, pastored in Ohio, was bishop and moderator in Lancaster, PA and dean of Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, VA. The only major missing Mennonite stronghold in his resume is Goshen/Elkhart, IN.
What can you add?
Update: There was actually a fourth post about the MCUSA executive director search process that I missed in my run down: A Platform for MCUSA by SteveK.