The following news release is in response to Mennonite Church Eastern Canada’s announcement. “MCEC terminates ministerial credentials”
Mennonite Church Canada, Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite World Conference have received news from Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) of the termination of the ministerial credentials of John D. Rempel of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., due to ministerial sexual misconduct and ministerial misconduct.
As church bodies with which Rempel has worked closely over his career as pastor, professor and theologian, we grieve for the victim-survivors harmed by Rempel’s actions and honor their courage in coming forward. We recognize the injustice faced by those within our own faith communities that this news brings to light. We grieve also for our larger church Body, in which Rempel has found support and belonging.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to participate in Christ’s ministry of good news, healing and hope, peace and justice. We are called to bear witness to Christ’s healing love in the face of violence, including sexual abuse.
As nationwide and global denominational entities, we uphold MCEC’s decision to take decisive and public action in this situation and to walk alongside victim-survivors on the path of healing and wholeness. Although restoration of ministerial credentials is not possible in this circumstance, we hope that Rempel experiences forgiveness.
We dedicate ourselves to prayer alongside MCEC, also asking for God’s grace and compassionate love to enfold all those affected.
In accordance with the Ministerial Sexual Misconduct Policy, a person who believes that a minister has engaged in misconduct or ministerial sexual misconduct should contact the area conference office (usually the area conference minister) with a report of misconduct. If the complaint is against an area conference minister, then the report should be filed directly with the national MC USA office (Michael Danner, MC USA associate executive director, 574-523-3045, MichaelD@MennoniteUSA.org).
For more information, see these links:
Mennonite Church USA Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse