April 12, 2021

Meet Dr. Marvin Lorenzana

Written by  Micah Brickner

In October 2020, the EMM Board of Directors announced Dr. Marvin Lorenzana’s appointment as the ninth president of Eastern Mennonite Missions. We’re grateful for Marvin and the extensive leadership he’ll bring to EMM.

From 2013 until the beginning of 2021, Marvin worked with Mennonite Mission Network as minister for discipleship initiatives. In that role, he functioned as a coach for church leaders who are interested in developing a culture of intentional disciple-making within their local congregations.

In 2009, Marvin founded the Mennonite Hispanic Initiative, a ministry of Virginia Mennonite Missions that seeks to develop Hispanic church leaders with a mindset for local missions and planting new missional communities within Virginia Mennonite Conference.

His previous experiences have included serving as director of the multicultural student services office at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), director of learning, exploring and participating at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and advisor for Latinos with multicultural students at EMU.

Marvin has also served as youth pastor, associate pastor, senior pastor, and church planter with assignments in New Orleans, El Paso, Tex., Miami, and more recently in Harrisonburg, Va.

Born in Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras, he felt a calling from God in 1994 to become a missionary to the nation with the second-largest Hispanic population in the world — the United States.

Marvin has a bachelor’s degree in management and organizational development from Eastern Mennonite University, a Master of Divinity degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Asbury Theological Seminary where he was a Beeson scholar.

For his service as EMM president, Marvin will be recognized as an ordained minister in LMC. He and his wife, Mariana, recently moved to Lancaster, Pa.

This article appears in the Spring 2021 issue of Missionary MessengerSign up to receive more inspiring stories like this one in our magazine.

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