MC USA celebrates historic installation of Glen Guyton, first African-American ED

8.27. 2018 Written By: Mennonite Church USA

Glen Guyton was installed as executive director of Mennonite Church USA on Aug. 18 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana. The service celebrated the beginning of his tenure as ED, which began May 1.

Guyton is the first African-American to serve as executive director of MC USA. His installation marks a significant moment in the denomination’s history.

Bishop L.W. Francisco III and Titus Peachey, two spiritual leaders whom Guyton credits as teaching him what it means to be an Anabaptist Christian, led parts of the installation. Peachey reflected on walking with Guyton as he discerned a decision to leave the military as a conscientious objector.

“It is a profound act of faith and discipleship to speak and act on the powerful truth of the gospel growing inside you, in the midst of the hierarchy and culture of a powerful military system,” said Peachey. “But God’s Spirit and the wider church community gave you the courage to stand on your faith and persist.”

“I can’t think of anything more truly Anabaptist,” he said.

Francisco, pastor of Calvary Community Church, Hampton, Virginia, where Guyton initially joined the Mennonite church in 1993, led the installation charge.

“I believe Glen was fashioned for such a time as this. His life’s journey has equipped and prepared him for this assignment,” said Bishop Francisco. “We must participate alongside our new executive director. He and the staff cannot do it alone. We did not call him to do our job. We did not call him to do our ministry. We called him to seek the heart of God. We called him to bring us back to a place of revival.”

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