March 19, 2015

Eastern Mennonite Missions hires new discipleship trainer

Written by  Linda Moffett
Angie Breneman joined EMM as Discipleship Trainer on March 2, 2015. Angie Breneman joined EMM as Discipleship Trainer on March 2, 2015. Photo by Tammy Evans.

SALUNGA, Pa. – Angie Breneman began serving as Discipleship Trainer at Eastern Mennonite Missions on March 2, 2015. Breneman will work at equipping congregations in discipleship and mission, with a special focus on youth and young adults. She will also coordinate pre-field orientation, training, and post-field de-briefing for short-term workers.

“When I heard of this role at EMM, it seemed that the job entailed the very things that God had put on my heart – helping people grow in discipleship and mission, working with youth and young adults, and discovering with churches what it means to engage in mission here,” Breneman said. “God leads our lives so much better than we can; I can see how my experiences of mentoring young adults in discipleship and mission in Southeast Asia have been preparing me for what God is doing among us here in the U.S.”

Breneman said she has learned that young adults have a beautiful enthusiasm and energy to invest in God’s kingdom. “This is a gift that can be called forth, guided, and channeled to impact the broader work that God is doing in a region,” Breneman said. “Young people have much to offer the Body of Christ, and often need people to encourage them to step out in faith and obedience, as well as to support them along the way and offer a safe place for processing and personally discovering God’s truth and love.”

“Angie brings a wealth of experience and a strong skill set in helping people to know Jesus better, whether they have been walking with Him their whole lives or are only meeting Him for the first time,” said Troy Landis, EMM discipleship coach. “We are excited to see how God will open up doors for her gifts to be used to help equip people for ministry, both around the world and here in our local communities.”

“I am excited to connect with youth, young adults, and our local churches,” Breneman said. “I have a passion to see young people and others growing in discipleship and sharing the love of Jesus. As we seek God for what it means to be disciple-makers who engage in mission here, I am also excited to see transformation happen in the lives of individuals and communities.”

“When this position became vacant, we saw an opportunity to adjust the role to include a stronger element of serving and resourcing the congregations that have generously supported EMM with people and funds over the years,” said Nelson Okanya, president of EMM. “We look forward to how Angie’s extensive experience and heart for discipleship will strengthen the congregations she serves.”

Breneman served on a 2000-01 YES team to Southeast Asia and on a 2004 GO! assignment to Morocco. Later she served as a mission intern and then transitioned into a long-term assignment in Southeast Asia.

A native of Elizabethtown, Pa., Breneman has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Millersville University, Millersville, Pa. She is a member of West End Mennonite Fellowship in Lancaster, Pa. She lives in Lancaster.

Breneman succeeds Ryan Durbin, who served as discipleship training coordinator for the past two years. Durbin and his family returned to their home state of Ohio where his wife Lizz accepted a ministry position. Durbin plans to pursue additional education.