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  • 16 Sep 2019 1:29 PM | Michelle R Oyer (Administrator)

    This month we share two Evana church plants starting up within the coming year. Hear how God led two couples to step out in faith and reach the unreached right here in the U.S.A. Check it out HERE.

  • 13 Aug 2019 1:09 PM | Michelle R Oyer (Administrator)

    This month we look at World Gospel Mission and their outreach to Native American youth in Arizona with missionary Jon Birkey. Also, Evana explores the migrant crisis at our border and what we as the church can do about it. We've even created a facts sheet for more information about the border crisis. You won't want to miss August PULSE.

  • 18 Jul 2019 10:34 PM | Michelle R Oyer (Administrator)

    This month we look back at our first ever regional conference hosted by the Ohio Evana churches. Regenal 2019 was a time of connecting, and for some it was life-changing. For more about the event check out this month's newsletter here!

  • 10 Jun 2019 10:53 AM | Michelle R Oyer (Administrator)

    In this month's issue Wes Furlong, Director of Church Development shares what's been going on behind the curtain in church development and what new programs and support Evana has planned for our churches next. We're excited about the ways we can nurture your churches and support your pastors with these new resources!

    Also, look out for a new FREE media resource coming your way. It will be available to members of Evana personally. Check out Rightnow Media in this month's PULSE.


  • 15 May 2019 10:25 PM | Michelle R Oyer (Administrator)

    Our May newsletter is here! Don't miss the new Executive Director's letter on what's next for Evana and for us as believers. Also, read the story of what Evana is using that once belonged to an international radio program. View or download here. 

  • 09 Apr 2019 9:57 AM | Michelle R Oyer (Administrator)

    As we celebrate Easter and the resurrection of our Lord, here are some of John Troyer's reflections on the resurrection he has seen within Evana. Don't miss it! Also, catch up on the happening here at Evana and events coming up.

    PULSE for April

  • 19 Mar 2019 9:58 AM | Michelle R Oyer (Administrator)

    February held our 4th annual Flourishing, Evana's pastor retreat. It was a time of renewal for our leaders and we are excited about what God is doing in their lives! For the rest of us, here's a peak at what our pastors were doing in sunny Florida.

    Evana's March Newsletter
  • 12 Feb 2019 4:22 PM | Michelle R Oyer (Administrator)

    Read a story of one pastor's recent experience stepping out of his comfort zone in another country and what God is teaching him through his time there. Also, get an update on the current executive director's future plans after Evana. You won't want to miss it! View here.

  • 22 Jan 2019 11:22 AM | Michelle R Oyer (Administrator)

    Get to know our new executive director and board chair in this month's issue of PULSE! View or download it here.

  • 21 Jan 2019 7:42 AM | Evana Network (Administrator)

    Evana Network, an evangelical Anabaptist network of churches across the United States and Canada, has announced the appointment of Matt Hamsher as the new executive director. Hamsher had previously served as board chair for Evana and is finishing up his role as lead pastor at Longenecker Evangelical Anabaptist Fellowship in northeast Ohio.

    Board secretary Virginia Leichty said of the board’s decision, “It was clearly evident that Matt has a deep faith in God and a desire to follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance. He demonstrates a calm, respectful demeanor with people, including those with whom he disagrees. He also has a deep understanding of Anabaptists. He has a broad range of connections among diverse Christian leaders and seeks to find what we have in common.”

    Evana Network began in 2015 and has grown to 45 churches in the eastern United States and Canada. It has also formed partnerships with eleven mission and educational institutions, developed resources and tools for church revitalization, and bridged relationships between evangelical Anabaptist denominations.  Hamsher will be sharing his vision for the future of Evana at Flourishing, an event for pastors and church leaders, in Fruitland Park, FL, February 15-19. Registration is still open for that event until the end of January.

    When asked why he accepted the role, Hamsher said, “I have felt a sense of God's call throughout this process.  Even though I had initially decided against applying, it kept coming up in my prayer time and then was confirmed by the encouragement and words of others at critical times in my discernment process.” Matt hopes to connect the past, present, and future as he moves Evana forward. He brings a listening ear and a leadership capacity to connect with Anabaptists from diverse backgrounds. He concluded, “I am excited to serve as Executive Director at this critical time in our history because of the opportunities that lie in front of us.” Hamsher is married to Kristina Hamsher and they have two children.

    The search process began in the summer of 2018 when John Troyer, the current executive director, announced his plans to step down in the first half of 2019. The board formed a search team consisting of Terry Diener, search team chair and board member; Gene Yoder, consultant; Larissa Moore-Willard, board vice-chair; Virginia Leichty, board secretary; Sonya Miller, board member; and Carl Wiebe, pastor at Kidron Mennonite. They looked at a number of applications from both inside and outside the network, and Hamsher was selected from three finalists. The full board unanimously accepted the recommendation and made the appointment.

    Larissa Moore-Willard had been serving as vice-chair of the board and will now give board and delegate leadership as the new chair.  “I’m going into this with God’s vision,” she says, “to lead the board and stay the course.” Moore-Willard is a church planter and pastor and is known across the network for her prophetic gifts, her commitment to prayer, and love for the church.

    Troyer will continue in his current role through April, and he and Hamsher will be working closely together. “I’m grateful for the way God brought all of this together with the transition,” Troyer said, “Evana has always been larger than any one person, and I see that in the ways lives have been changed, churches have been revitalized, and communities are being transformed. One of our greatest strengths has been the growth in cohesion and mission in our churches.” Wes Furlong, director of church development will be continuing his work with Evana’s City Flourish initiative and the Vital Impact Assessment.

    You can find more information about Evana Network at evananetwork.org, City Flourish at cityflourish.com and the Vital Impact Assessment at vitalimpact.church.

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