AMBS statement regarding MCEC misconduct charges

Published: October 20, 2020

Today, Oct. 20, 2020, Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) is reporting the conclusion of an investigation that has resulted in the termination of John D. Rempel’s ministerial credentials due to ministerial sexual misconduct and ministerial misconduct early in his professional career while he was employed at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario. We were deeply saddened to learn about the charges and the subsequent findings by the investigative team of MCEC. John was a professor at AMBS from 2003 to 2012. We lament the harm that he caused to former students at Conrad Grebel University College and pray that the outcome of this investigation can contribute to their healing.

We were contacted by MCEC leaders, who informed us of the investigation and inquired whether AMBS had received any reports of misconduct by John while he was employed at AMBS. In support of MCEC’s investigation, we reviewed John’s employment records at AMBS and checked with former administrators. We found no instances of reported misconduct at AMBS in our review.

As the MCEC investigation reveals, many incidents of sexual misconduct are not reported at the time they occur. In keeping with AMBS’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures, AMBS leaders are open to receiving any reports of sexual misconduct that may have occurred among members of our learning community at any time. If you were harmed by any AMBS-affiliated individual, please contact us. We will listen carefully to you and prioritize your needs in discerning an appropriate response. Reports can be made to Academic Dean Beverly Lapp by emailing [email protected] or by filling out our online reporting form.

David Boshart, President
Beverly Lapp, Vice President and Academic Dean

See also: Communication from MCEC: Oct. 20, 2020: MCEC terminates ministerial credential

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