Community Chapel - Willard Metzger

Willard Metzger is the outgoing chair of Mennonite Church Canada’s Witness Council, the mission and outreach ministry of the national church. He served in that position for nine years. Metzger has also been a pastor in Mennonite congregations for eighteen years, and most recently was Director of Church Relations for World Vision Canada.

Metzger received his Bachelor of Theology degree from Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener, Ont., a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at the University of Waterloo, Ont., and a Master of Theological Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, also in Waterloo. He also has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, OH.

Metzger’s enthusiasm for the church is contagious. “This is a great church, and we have much to celebrate!” exclaimed Metzger. He speaks of strengthening our “sense of anticipation and hope.” One of the areas Metzger will pay particular attention to is the denomination’s financial health. Another is ministry with young adults. He also wants to strengthen a “culture of call” in Mennonite Church Canada’s churches and schools.