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Obituary Lord to influence them.” he “worked to energize people.
A ‘quiet rock’ Gerd Bartel, moderator of
MC B.C., called Schmidt a “quiet
rock.” Bartel told Canadian
He was always looking for where
the church could look to the next
level of involvement.”
George Schmidt, Mennonite that Schmidt “was Schmidt was diagnosed with
Nov. 21, 1938 – Feb. 9, 2009 able to bring people together, pancreatic cancer late in 2008.
create wholeness and share Colleagues at Columbia were
By Amy D ueckm an issues. He was a person who was Schmidt able to share their appreciation
B.c. correspondent all about being faithful, coming of his life with him at a special
ABBotSFord, B.c. alongside people, and always said ‘yes’ time of affirmation several weeks before
when he was needed.” he died.
Schmidt had chaired the Evangelism and George Schmidt is survived by his wife
T he death of George Schmidt, 70, of pan- Church Development Committee for the Karen, three children, seven grandchildren
creatic cancer on Feb. 9 will be keenly past three years, and Bartel recalled that and two siblings. Λ
felt by many in Mennonite Church B.C.
Schmidt was active in MC B.C., serving CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
most recently as chair of the Evangelism
and Church Development Committee.
He had also served for many years as a Mennonite Savings and Credit Union is a progressive and
faculty member and dean of students at visionary organization founded on values of stewardship,
compassion, and mutual aid. From our modest beginnings
Columbia Bible College, and had been as a ‘shoe-box’ operation in 1964, we have grown in size
president of one of its forerunners, Bethel to 120 staff members who are dedicated to serving the financial needs of
Bible Institute. our 16,200 Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and Amish members, with dollars
He devoted his life to Christian serv- under administration rapidly approaching three quarter of a billion dollars.
ice on several fronts. An active member The Opportunity:
of Level Ground Mennonite Church
(formerly West Abbotsford Mennonite Accountable to, and guided by the Board of Directors, you will provide