Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) acknowledges the announcement by Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) regarding the termination of the ministerial credential of John D. Rempel of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, on the basis of ministerial sexual misconduct.

John D. Rempel served with MCC in the Philippines from 1986–87 as a service worker in the area of religious and theological education, and from 1995–2003 as liaison at the United Nations in New York City. He also volunteered with MCC in efforts leading to that role, beginning in 1991.

MCC grieves for all those harmed by sexual misconduct. As an organization, we are committed to dismantling oppression and speaking out against gender-based and sexual violence, recognizing that all people are created in God’s image, and are valued and loved by God.

We applaud the courage of victim-survivors who come forward to share their stories. We seek to listen to their voices as they call us to do better in caring for all people, sharing Christ’s message of love and reconciliation in the midst of a broken world.

We invite anyone who wishes to report an incident of sexual violence by an MCC staff member, including Mr. Rempel during the times he served with MCC, to contact MCC Human Resources at safeguarding@mcc.org.