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Tuesday, Dec. 5...for a webinar you won't want to miss!

Recent research within our USMB network has found a shortage of young people pursuing vocational ministry opportunities. This leadership gap could have significant future implications on our conference of churches, so we are investigating the potential causes of this issue and what our churches can do to help prepare the next generation of leaders.

Save the date and plan to join the USMB family on Zoom for a webinar and live podcast recording addressing the current leadership development landscape on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 10:30 a.m. Central Standard Time.


Joanna Chapa

Joanna Chapa is a Multiply Regional Mission Mobilizer for USMB churches east of the Rockies. She grew up in the Rio Grande Valley surrounded by mucha familia in deep south Texas, where she attended GracePoint Church in La Grulla. Joanna is a 2009 graduate of Tabor College with bachelor’s degrees in biblical/religious studies and health/PE sports studies. She lived and served with Multiply in Peru for nearly five years. Throughout her journey, she has been part of various opportunities that God has used to shape her understanding of how He created every human being with a purpose, unique gifts and culture, and a desire to know and be known by God and others, no matter what stage of life they find themselves in.

Kyle Goings

Kyle Goings has nearly 20 years of experience in youth ministry and has worked as the NextGen Pastor at Ridgepoint Church in Wichita, Kan., since 2014. He is the director of USMB NextGen, a ministry for U.S. Mennonite Brethren youth and young adults, and cohost of the podcast “Embrace the Awkward” helping youth workers better handle awkward times of ministry. Kyle is a graduate of Judson University with a bachelor’s degree in youth ministry and adolescent studies and a master’s degree in ministry entrepreneurship and innovation.  An avid and passionate board and video game player, Kyle and his wife, Katie, have two energetic little girls, Ever and Emmy.

Wendell Loewen

Wendell Loewen wears a number of hats at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan. He is a professor of youth, church and culture. He directs FaithFront, a youth leadership program for high school students, and he serves as the special assistant to the president. Wendell calls himself a ministry lifer, having been in and around youth ministry for more than three decades. Wendell holds a Doctor of Ministry in youth and family ministries from Fuller Theological Seminary (D.Min. 2005) and is a graduate of Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary (M.Div., '92) and Fresno Pacific University (B.A., ‘87). Wendell and his wife, Shelly, live in Hillsboro, where they are members of Parkview MB Church.

Matt Ehresman

Matt Ehresman has served as the media/graphic design/communications/web/video/social media guy at Ridgepoint since June 2013. He graduated from Sterling College in 2010 with a degree in graphic communications and earned his master's in digital media from Regent University in 2012. Before coming to Ridgepoint, he worked on a television show for Focus on the Family and in the marketing office at Sterling College. He has written several magazine articles, published a book in 2016, and is the current host of LEAD Pods, the leadership podcast for Mennonite Brethren. He lives with his wife, Tillie; daughters, Heidi and Sadie; and their dog, Jarvis.


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