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Mennonite World Conference adds three regional representatives

3.23. 2020 Written By: Mennonite World Conference

Photo: Mennonite World Conference regional representatives, from left, Jeremiah Choi, Jumanne Magiri Mafwiri and Freddy Iban Barrón Tapia. Photo provided by MWC.

A composer, health manager and auto mechanic—all church leaders—have joined the Mennonite World Conference team. Regional representatives are part-time volunteers who develop relationships with MWC member churches, associate members and potential members. They represent MWC to churches by sharing information about resources and news from churches around the world and, in turn, they represent their churches to MWC by sharing prayer requests.

Jeremiah Choi

In addition to his leadership as MWC General Council delegate for Hong Kong Mennonite Church and service on the Peace Commission, Jeremiah Choi has taken the role of regional representative for Northeast Asia. He is trained in music composition, majored in pastoral care in seminary and has written songs for the church in Chinese. He began serving as a pastor in 1989, helped start Hope Mennonite Church and currently serves as lead pastor of Agape Mennonite Church in Hong Kong. He and his wife, Wendy Lee, have two children.

Jumanne Magiri Mafwiri

Jumanne Magiri Mafwiri adds regional representative for Eastern Africa to the ways he serves the church with his professional skills of health management. He serves Kanisa Mennonita Tanzania as a deacon and board member and as an MWC General Council delegate. He has also trained community health workers in Kenya and Congo. Mafwiri and his wife, Nyamisi Yango, have six adult children.

Freddy Iban Barrón Tapia

Pastor, executive church leader, school director, theologian and automotive mechanic Freddy Barrón dons another hat as regional representative for the southern cone (Latin America). He serves Iglesia Evangélica Menonita Boliviana as a local pastor and national vice president. He is director of SAC mission school and co-director of IMFOLID, a Mennonite leadership development institute, along with his wife, Margrit Kipfer. Barrón and Kipfer have two married daughters and a younger son and daughter.

Communications team

The MWC communications team has hired Elina Ciptadi Perkins as interim chief communications director. Former AMIGOS representative for Asia (a precursor to YABs, Young AnaBaptist Committee), she was raised in MWC member church Gereja Kristen Muria Indonesia (GKMI) and currently works in communications from Singapore. Perkins joins Karla Braun on the team while Kristina Toews is on maternity leave. Alexandro Marthin continues to serve as social media coordinator in a volunteer capacity from Indonesia.

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