New Editor of Purpose Magazine

Instead of a regular article this week, I’m excited to share the following press release from MennoMedia. This is a new part-time role for me alongside my other writing, blogging, and role as Resident Author with Valley CrossWay Church. I’ll be back in two weeks with an article on women in ordained ministry.

April Yamasaki of British Columbia
new editor of Purpose Magazine

News release
March 12, 2019

HARRISONBURG, VA—April Yamasaki has been selected as the new editor for Purpose magazine, a monthly magazine published by MennoMedia that offers stories of inspiration and promise.

Yamasaki is an ordained minister with 25 years of experience in pastoral ministry. She currently serves as Resident Author with Valley CrossWay Church in Abbotsford, B.C., and speaks widely in other churches and ministry settings. She’s a member at Emmanuel Mennonite Church.

April has written and published widely on spiritual growth and Christian living—both online and in print publications, including Christian Century, Christianity Today, The Redbud Post, Godspace, VisionLeader, and Rejoice! Her published books include Sacred Pauses, Ordinary Time with Jesus, and Four Gifts.

April has a master of arts in theological studies from Regent College, Vancouver, B.C., and a bachelor of arts from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.

Staff Release
Mennonite Media


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Ordained minister with 25 years' experience as lead pastor of a mid-size, multi-staff church, now resident author with a liturgical worship community. Writes online and in print publications. Often speaks in churches and other settings. Author of On the Way with Jesus, Four Gifts, Sacred Pauses, and other books on Christian living. For more, see and

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