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CMU Welcomes Pastor-in-Residence Ken Peters

Pastor-in-Residence Program, introduced n the 2010-2011 academic year, continues this year, welcoming Ken Peters as the third Pastor in Residence…

October 31, 2011…Ken Peters, pastor at Saanich Community Church in Victoria since 2010, has arrived on campus as CMU’s campus Pastor-in-Residence, October 31 to November 4.   

Canadian Mennonite University’s Pastor-in-Residence program is designed to encourage out-of-province pastors to come live in residence, participate in the life of the CMU community and share their faith experiences through CMU chapel sessions. 

“In two chapels, I will chronicle my own spiritual pilgrimage in a talk entitled From Love to Love, and speak into our intercultural missional context, Redefining out Neighbour,” says Peters. “In the forum, I’ll be addressing Unspoken Conversations Surrounding the Atonement.  Some students may also have opportunity to hear me speak on An Anabaptist Sensitivity to the Use of Power in Preaching.” 

Peters will share stories on spirituality with students, staff and faculty. Marilyn Peters Kliewer, CMU Dean of Student Life, notes that the aim of the Pastor-in-Residence program is to encourage spiritual growth in members of the CMU community, while also helping to build and maintain stronger relationships with our churches.

Peters, serving in his 25th year of pastoral ministry, has had experience working in churches with a variety of denominations. Previous pastoral ministry include his roles as lead pastor at Killarney Park MB in Vancouver (1995-2010), associate pastor at Memorial United Methodist Church in Clovis, CA (1993-1995), and associate pastor at Coaldale MB in Coaldale, AB (1985-1992) where he was ordained in 1990.

Peters earned his Diploma in Agricultural Management from BCIT (’79), a BRS in Theology from MBBC and a BA in Religious Studies from U of W (’85), an M. Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from MBBC (’95) and wrote his thesis entitled Interculturalism: A Preferred Praxis for Ministry in Multicultural Contexts to graduate with his Doctor of Ministry from Carey Theological College in 2009. 

Peters has involved himself in denominational work throughout his pastoral ministry, serving on the Alberta boards of Education and Church Extension, the Canadian Board of Evangelism, the Planning Teams for Banff  ’86 and ’89, the BC Board of Pastoral Ministries and most recently eight years on the Canadian Board of Faith and Life from 2002-2010.

His work history extends beyond pastoral ministry, having worked for the Bank of British Columbia and for construction and agricultural firms in the Langley, BC area.

Ken and his wife Yvonne moved to Brentwood Bay in May of this year. With three adult children out of the home, Ken and Yvonne take time to enjoy cultural celebrations, travelling, and quiet walks.

Peters shares many common interests with those in the CMU community and will fit right in during his time spent here in residence.  He is an avid gardener and enjoys cycling. With the presence of the CMU Farm and the bike co-op on North campus, he should feel right at home. 

“As a MBBC/MBBS grad, I was never schooled on the current campus but look forward to sensing how the historical DNA lingers on in and through conversations in the classroom, hallways, and campus culture,” says Peters, who received his BRS in Theology and his M. Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from MBBC (now CMU) in the ‘90s.

“I hope to bring encouragement to students that God is present in and through all experiences and uncertainties.”  Peters also looks forward to observing and listening to how CMU students integrate shared convictions of Christian faith and the natural provocations associated with exploration of ideas.  


October 31 – November 4

Monday Forum @ 11:30 A.M. (Chapel)
Unspoken Conversations Surrounding the Atonement
With Ken Peters, Pastor In Residence

Tuesday Chapel @ 11:30 A.M.
From Love to Love:  A Faith Story
With Ken Peters, Pastor In Residence
Music by Rudy Schellenberg

Wednesday Night Worship @ 9:30 P.M. (Conference Room, South Campus)
Led by the Faith in Life Committee

Friday Chapel @11:30 A.M.
Who really is my neighbour?
With Ken Peters, Pastor In Residence
Music by the Chamber Choir

Issued October 31, 2011