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J Ron Byler

AKRON, Pa. – In its June meeting in Washington, D.C., following a standard review process, the board of directors of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. reaffirmed J Ron Byler in his ongoing position as the organization’s executive director. Byler has served in this role since August 2010.

Byler, of Goshen, Ind., oversees all MCC U.S. programs and operations and, together with his Canadian counterpart, all MCC international work. He also leads the network of MCC regional office executive directors and works closely with the supporting denominations of MCC U.S.

“The board is profoundly grateful for Ron’s service to the broader church though MCC U.S.,” said Ann Graber Hershberger, of Harrisonburg, Va., chair of the MCC U.S. board. “We especially appreciate his attention to deepening the relationship with the supporting denominations of MCC and with Mennonite World Conference. Ron’s spiritual sensitivity, appreciation of diversity, and willingness to engage in deep learning to serve more effectively are gifts that will continue to enhance the mission of MCC U.S.”

“I think MCC is one of the best church-based relief and development agencies in the world,” said Byler. “I am especially gratified by how peacebuilding undergirds all of MCC’s work around the world with partners and by how MCC is strengthening its connections to the church in the U.S. and Canada and with the global Anabaptist church and other churches as well.”

Byler is a member of Eighth Street Mennonite Church in Goshen. He is married to Mim Shirk. They have one adult son, Jesse.