Responsibilities reallocated among EB staff members; Randall Miller hired
ELKHART, Ind. (Mennonite Church USA)—After almost 10 years of service, Marty Lehman of Goshen, Ind., concluded her work with Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) staff on March 31, 2014.
In her role as associate executive director for churchwide operations, Lehman tended the churchwide priority of stewardship and focused on denominational strategy. She facilitated relationships among denominational agencies, organizations and area conferences in a variety of ways. She has also overseen Human Resources, the Archives and the Communications Team.
Lehman worked from the denominational offices in Elkhart, Ind. She began April 1 as administrative pastor at College Mennonite Church in Goshen.
“It has been rewarding to see how God is at work through Mennonite Church USA congregations from coast to coast,” said Lehman. “It has been a humbling experience to have been called to this work. I’ll miss the many people I’ve had the opportunity to work with, but I’m also excited about working in a congregational setting and getting more involved in my local community.”
“Marty has been a role model and encourager for women in leadership,” said Ervin Stutzman, executive director. “She has been adept at developing relationships and is nearly unflappable in the face of conflict. She has worked tirelessly through the many demands of her role. I’m confident that she’ll serve College Mennonite Church with the same care, zeal and professionalism that she demonstrated during her tenure with Mennonite Church USA.”
Stutzman said that since Lehman gave her resignation notice in December 2013, cabinet members have been reexamining their roles, responsibilities and operating procedures. They have decided not to hire a person to take on Lehman’s role but to reallocate most of her responsibilities among cabinet and other staff members.
As part of this transition, the title of Glen Alexander Guyton, San Antonio, Texas, will change from director of finance and convention planning to Chief Operating Officer. Nancy Kauffmann, Elkhart, denominational minister, will coordinate the work of Mennonite Church USA resource advocates. An earlier transition involved Hannah Heinzekehr of Newton, Kan., taking on the role of director of communications and marketing in October 2013.
Additionally, Stutzman has hired Randall C. Miller of Goshen as special assistant to the executive director for the purpose of fundraising, at 0.75 FTE. Miller began March 24 and overlapped with Lehman for one week. He has previously worked in admissions with Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Elkhart) and in development with Mennonite Mission Network (Elkhart) and MennoMedia (Harrisonburg, Va.). Most recently he has served as a transitional pastor.
“Randy brings spiritual depth and pastoral sensitivity to his contacts with donors,” said Stutzman. “His positive experiences with other churchwide agencies are a real plus for this role.”
“I love the Mennonite Church and think this is an important time to wholeheartedly invest ourselves in its ministry and mission,” said Miller.
—Mennonite Church USA staff
Marty Lehman (Photo: Mennonite Church USA)
Randall C. Miller (Photo provided)