MennoMedia appoints new executive director and publisher

MennoMedia appoints new executive director and publisher

Amy Gingerich, new executive director and publisher for MennoMedia and book imprint Herald Press

HARRISONBURG, Va.—The MennoMedia Board has named Amy Gingerich as the new executive director and publisher at MennoMedia and its book imprint Herald Press, effective early 2018.

Gingerich has served as editor at Herald Press books and editorial director at MennoMedia since 2009. Under her leadership Herald Press has targeted its book publishing in two veins: one that helps describe Amish and Mennonites to tourist markets and one that helps Christians unpack implicit Anabaptist values such as community and discipleship. Recent bestselling Herald Press titles she has acquired include the Mennonite Girls Can Cook series, Anabaptist Essentials: Ten Signs of a Unique Christian Faith, Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism and Very Married: Field Notes on Love and Fidelity. Her work also involves oversight of Sunday school curricula, periodicals, and the forthcoming Mennonite hymnal to be released in 2020.

“We are convinced that Amy’s experience and track record with MennoMedia and Herald Press during the past decade are the best preparation for the agency’s needs for its next chapter,” said Lee Schmucker, MennoMedia Board Chair. “We were looking for someone who has a track record in creating Christian formation resources and publishing religious books as well as someone who understood Anabaptism and its potential markets.”

“I am honored to be asked to lead MennoMedia into the future. This is a challenging time for publishers but an equally exciting time as we hone our messages and create fresh content,” Gingerich added.

Gingerich’s appointment has already been approved by the boards of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada.

Prior to her work as editorial director, Gingerich was managing editor of the Gather ’Round Sunday school curriculum co-published by Mennonite Publishing Network and Brethren Press. She also worked as a newspaper reporter and editor in California for five years.

Gingerich lives in Hudson, Ohio, with her husband Ryan Claassen and their two children. She attends Friendship Mennonite Church in Bedford Heights, Ohio. She will continue to work primarily from Ohio.

MennoMedia is an agency of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada, publishing church and Sunday school curricula, hymnals, periodicals, religious trade books under the Herald Press imprint, and the Third Way website.

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Lee Schmucker
MennoMedia Board Chair
lee@schmuckertraining.com
316-258-4441

Melodie Davis
News manager
MennoMedia
melodied@mennomedia.org
540-574-4874

 

 

Resonate now one year into its work

News Release: September 19, 2017

Resonate now one year into its work
Various products in the collection come into focus

HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA—Members of the Mennonite Worship and Song Committee are now one year into their work toward a new hymnal.

At a recent meeting at Camp Friedenswald in Cassopolis, Michigan, the committee processed more than 220 songs and reflected on the past year of learning and working together.

“In the last year we established productive committee and subcommittee structures, and all those subcommittees have developed a clear sense of purpose,” said Bradley Kauffman, general editor.

“We did some important calibrating of our process at this most recent meeting, successfully testing models to evaluate contemporary worship music, global songs, new texts, and harmonizations—as well as discussing many songs from our existing collections.”

The 13-member volunteer committee, working under the name Resonate Team, is discerning content for the 2020 release of a suite of new worship and music materials to be published by MennoMedia in cooperation with Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.

“Being in a camp setting offered an immersive retreat space allowing our committee to share deeply together in work, in worship, and in song,” Kauffman added.

Amy Gingerich, editorial director at MennoMedia, brought a report about the various products that will be included in the new worship and song collection.

  • Pew edition: The new pew edition hymnal is projected to be about 30 percent larger than the current Hymnal: A Worship Book. In addition to music, great care is being given to worship resources for the future church and this volume will contain more resources than previous collections.
  • Projection edition: The same content that is in the pew edition will also be available to congregations in the form of a projection edition. Right now MennoMedia plans to have PDF and PowerPoint versions of the songs available in the projection edition, recognizing that technology needs continue to evolve and therefore other platforms may be found to be preferable by 2020.
  • Worship resources leader edition: A separate volume of expanded worship resources is being planned for pastors and worship leaders.
  • Accompaniment edition: The committee is pursuing various options for a keyboard accompaniment edition, and expects to offer increased musical accompaniments.
  • App edition: MennoMedia will contract to produce an app edition offering access to several products surrounding the worship and song collection. While the app itself will be free, customers must purchase the hymnal, the worship resources edition, or the accompaniment edition within the app to enjoy the content.

“We are excited about all these products, and the potential that each has to energize and enliven worship,” Gingerich said. MennoMedia will release final pricing and product details sometime in 2019.

Enjoy and share a video from the group’s recent committee work together. 

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact LeAnn Hamby at (540) 908-3941 or email LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.

Mennonite Worship and Song Committee first meeting Sept. 22-25

Photo News Releases
September 28, 2016

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16-09-21-parkview-mc-imgp1551-72dpiAdam Tice, left, gathers input from Karen Moshier-Shenk, a member of Park View Mennonite Church at the songfest prior to the start of Mennonite Worship and Song Committee meetings in Harrisonburg, Va. September 22-25, 2016. Tice noted that for him, as an ethnic Mennonite who never was actually a part of the Mennonite church until he got to Goshen College, “Hymnal: A Worship Book shaped my life and has made me a Mennonite. I find it energizing and exciting to be a part of this committee.” SaeJin Lee said of Bradley Kauffman’s leadership as project director: “I’m appreciating Bradley’s leadership and non-anxious spirit; he’s creating room for honest discussion of issues and is comfortable not having things all figured out.” Mike Erb added, “The diversity and experience each one brings makes me very hopeful and very energized for the task.” The new music and worship resources collection is planned for release in 2020.

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Members of the of the new Mennonite Worship and Song Committee take a break at their first meeting September 22-25, 2016 at Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, Va. Committee members include (first row left to right): Bradley Kauffman, project director; SaeJin Lee; Karen Gonzol, editorial assistant; Katie Graber;  Adam Tice, text editor; Emily Grimes; Sarah Kathleen Johnson, worship resources editor. Second row, Amy Gingerich, editorial director for MennoMedia; Cynthia Neufeld Smith; Mike Erb; Tom Harder; Darryl Neustaedter Barg; Paul Dueck; Benjamin Bergey, music editor, and Anneli Loepp Thiessen.

For more information: http://www.heraldpress.com/HymnalProject/ 

High resolution photos available upon request.
For more information on photo news release:

Melodie Davis
News manager
MennoMedia
540-574-4874
MelodieD@mennomedia.org

Photos by Merrill Miller