by Peter Doerksen, BLO Chairperson
The Board of Leadership and Outreach is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Conference Pastor. Layton Friesen was interviewed by the board at their meeting on March 17, 2017. After the interview, Layton was offered the position and he has accepted.
Layton is well known to the EMC. He has served as an associate pastor in Crestview Fellowship and as a senior pastor at Fort Garry EMC. He has also previously served as the chair of the EMC’s Board of Leadership and Outreach.
Layton brings a rich educational background to his work: BRS (SBC), MCS and ThM degrees (Regent), and is completing a dissertation towards a PhD (University of St. Michaels). He is married to Glenda, and they have two children.
We are delighted that Layton has agreed to serve as Conference Pastor and believe that he will be an encouragement to EMC churches. He is prepared to begin serving full time sometime in the fall. Through an agreement with Providence Theological Seminary, Layton will also provide direction to and teach in the Anabaptist Studies Track of the Master of Divinity program. Ralph Unger will continue to serve as interim Conference Pastor until Layton is ready to begin.