John Koop, a Colleague


We were saddened to learn that John Koop, our former colleague who served so well as EMC conference pastor from 1997-2000, struggled for a time with declining health and then passed away on Jan. 15, 2019. Becky’s family has a long history with John because he officiated at her parents’ wedding. John and Terry met earlier through EMC national gatherings where John, a highly experienced pastor, sought to encourage a rookie pastor. John’s kind ways continued when they were colleagues with offices directly across a narrow hallway in the national office. His ministries would not have been possible without the support of his wife Clara. John will be missed. Our sympathies are extended to Clara and the Koop family.

EMC National Office Staff 

Martha Kroeker, a Colleague

1944 – 2019

We were saddened to learn that a former colleague, Martha Kroeker, had passed away on March 11, 2019. Martha was hired in 1976 to serve within the national office and the announcement appeared in the Dec. 24, 1976, issue. Her role changed over the years even as her connection continued with The Messenger. She was honoured during convention 1997. Her paid work with the magazine ended with its issue of April 5, 2000. Later she served as the church reporter for Steinbach EMC. Martha was a careful secretary, copyeditor, and proof reader. Many staff members and the wider EMC are indebted to her. Both staff who did and did work with Martha saw her faithfulness to the Lord shown in interactions outside of the office. Martha will be missed. Our sympathies are extended to the Kroeker family.

EMC National Office Staff

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