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As the mission agency of the MB church in the U.S. and Canada, our mandate is to help multiply disciples, churches, and missional leaders in 68 countries around the world. 

Why Multiply?

you are called to multiply

"I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last." — Jesus (John 15:16) 

From God’s very first assignment to us, "Be fruitful and multiply," to the commission of Jesus to go into all the world and make disciples, it’s clear that you were made to multiply. God has placed a desire within you to do something with your life that will matter for eternity. There is nothing that our broken world needs more than Jesus, and you have a meaningful role to play in helping others come to know him. Yet we face opposition. There is an enemy who uses fear, deception, and distraction to disconnect us from each other and our mission.

let’s plant churches together

Jesus prayed "… that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that you sent me, and loved them." 

Jesus desires for us to join together with him and each other to become united in love and purpose. We can’t multiply on our own, but fruit grows when Spirit-led teams live on Jesus’ mission. We call these teams ‘churches’ and the world needs more of them!

growing in partnerships

At Multiply, we inspire, equip, and encourage the body of Christ to multiply healthy disciples and churches. We praise God for over 150 years of global mission engagement and a vast network of fruitful partnerships worldwide. Our strategy is to facilitate church planting locally, nationally, and globally, simply because church-planting teams produce the most fruit. As we make disciples and start new teams in over 40 countries, our passion is to help everyone get involved in a church plant and find their unique fit.

growing in partnerships

At Multiply, we inspire, equip, and encourage the body of Christ to multiply healthy disciples and churches. We praise God for over 150 years of global mission engagement and a vast network of fruitful partnerships worldwide. Our strategy is to facilitate church planting locally, nationally, and globally, simply because church-planting teams produce the most fruit. As we make disciples and start new teams in over 40 countries, our passion is to help everyone get involved in a church plant and find their unique fit.

that the world may know Jesus

find a team
"The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few."
— Jesus (Matthew 9:37)


God is at work in the world, and he is inviting us all to join him in his mission. We’d love to connect you with church-planting teams in your own neighbourhood and across the globe, where you’ll find many opportunities to serve, give, and pray. Whether you join an existing team or start a new one, the world will come to know Jesus as we work together.

Would you partner with us?

Give what God has placed in your hands and allow it to be multiplied by Jesus!

Last year, 132 churches were planted (a new church every three days).

Last year, more than 3,000 people were baptized in new church plants.


We believe that, as the body of Christ comes together, thousands of churches will be planted and millions of people will encounter Jesus.

What we Believe

Multiply is Gospel-centered, Spirit-led, and mission-focused. Our beliefs are evangelical, centered on the Bible and focused on Jesus. We work with leaders from many denominations and we focus on the person and work of Jesus Christ. 

1. God

We believe in the one true God, the source of all life, who reigns over all things as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and lovingly cares for all creation. God the Father planned the redemption of humanity and sent Jesus Christ the Son to be the Savior of the world. Jesus proclaimed the reign of God, bringing good news to the poor and triumphing over sin through his obedient life, death, and resurrection. God the Holy Spirit empowers believers with new life, indwells them, and unites them in one body.

2. Revelation of God

We believe God has made himself known to all people. Beginning with creation and culminating in Jesus Christ, God has revealed himself in the Old and New Testaments. All Scripture is inspired by God and is the authoritative guide for faith and practice. We interpret Scripture in the church community as guided by the Holy Spirit.

3. Creation and Humanity

We believe God created the heavens and the earth, and they were good. Humans, God’s crowning act, were created in the image of God. Sin has alienated humanity from the Creator and creation, but God offers redemption and reconciliation through Jesus Christ.

4. Sin and Evil

We believe sin is individual and corporate opposition to God’s good purposes and leads to physical and spiritual death.

5. Salvation

We believe God saves all people who put their faith in Jesus Christ. Through his obedient life, sacrificial death, and victorious resurrection, Christ delivers people from the tyranny of sin and death and redeems them for eternal life in the age to come. All creation eagerly awaits its liberation from bondage into the freedom of the glory of God’s children.

6. Nature of the Church

We believe the church is the covenant community called by God through Jesus Christ to live a life of discipleship and witness as empowered by the Holy Spirit. The local church gathers regularly for worship, fellowship, and accountability and to discern, develop, and exercise gifts for ministry.

7. Mission of the Church

We believe the mission of the church is to make disciples of all nations by calling people to repent, be baptized, and love God and neighbor by sharing the good news and performing acts of love and compassion.

8. Christian Baptism

We believe baptism by water is a public sign that a person has repented of sin, received forgiveness, died with Christ, and been raised to new life through the power of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is also a public declaration of a believer’s incorporation into the body of Christ as expressed in the local church.

9. Lord's Supper

We believe that in obedience to Christ, the church observes the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of his atoning death and to celebrate forgiveness, new life, and the fellowship and unity of all believers.

10. Discipleship

We believe Jesus calls people who have experienced the new birth to follow him in a costly life of service to God. The power of the Holy Spirit transforms believers from the unrighteous pattern of the present age into a life of joyful obedience with God’s people.

11. Marriage, Singleness, and Family

We believe that singleness and marriage are honored by God and should be blessed by the church. God instituted marriage as a lifelong covenant between a man and a woman for the purpose of companionship, encouragement, sexual intimacy, and procreation. Children are gifts from God and should be nurtured by parents in the ways of God.

12. Society and State

We believe that God instituted the state to promote justice and to maintain law and order. Christians’ primary allegiance is to Christ’s kingdom. Believers are called to witness against injustice, exercise social responsibility, and obey all laws that do not conflict with the Word of God.

13. Love, Peacemaking, and Reconciliation

We believe that God in Christ reconciles people to himself and to one another, making peace through the cross. We seek to be agents of reconciliation, practice love of enemies, and express Christ’s love by alleviating suffering, reducing strife, and promoting justice. The bond and fellowship among followers of Jesus transcends all racial, social, and national barriers. 

14. The Sanctity of Human Life

We believe that God is Creator and giver of life and highly values each person. Procedures designed to take human life are wrong. We oppose all attitudes that devalue human life, especially the defenseless lives of the unborn, disabled, poor, aging, immigrants, and dying.

15. Stewardship

We believe the universe and everything in it belong to God the Creator and that we have been entrusted by God to manage its resources. All God’s gifts, including money, time, abilities, and influence, are to be received with thanksgiving, used responsibly, and shared generously.

16. The Lord's Day, Work, and Rest

We believe God’s act of creation provides the model for work and rest. In work, we use our abilities to glorify God and serve others. In rest, we express thanks for God’s provision and trust in God’s sustaining grace. In worship, we gather to commemorate the resurrection through worship, instruction, fellowship, and service.

17. Christianity and Other Faiths

We believe God’s atoning work in Jesus is the only means of reconciling people with God. God has not left any without a witness to the Creator’s goodness and power. Christians treat people of other faiths with respect but urgently proclaim Christ as the only way of salvation.

18. Christ's Final Triumph

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will return triumphantly at the end of this age to destroy all evil powers, condemn all who have rejected Christ to eternal punishment, and unite believers with Christ to reign forever with God in glory.

Executive Team

Vic Wiens

Vic agreed to fill the role of Interim General Director for a 12-month term until August of 2022. Vic is one of our veteran missionaries whose usual role is Multiply-ICOMB Liaison. Following the conclusion of our initial round of the General Director search, the Board asked Vic to extend his term of service.

Carin Van Den Berg

As the Director of Human Resources, Carin oversees all aspects of HR and Team Health, including Member Care, HR Administration and training, equipping and resourcing of long-term workers. She represents the people and culture aspects of the agency.

Saji Oommen

Saji serves as Director of Global Catalysts. He works out of the U.S. to catalyze prayer and projects to activate people into missional living locally and globally.

Larry Neufeld

Larry gives leadership to the operational support and resourcing of missionaries and global projects that North American churches support. He also gives leadership to the Mobilization Team and Media Team that seek to facilitate healthy partnerships with North American churches and to equip young leaders for a lifetime of mission.

Jeff Friesen

Jeff serves as the Director of Finance.  His areas of responsibility include financial and legal compliance and reporting, insurance, and asset management. Jeff holds a CPA, CGA designation.

Doug Penner

Doug is the Director of Global Mission and works closely with our regional team leaders. He coaches and encourages our global workers and national leaders, and creates strategic initiatives that help us reach the nations with the gospel of Jesus.

Global Lead Team

Doug Penner
TEAM Lead

Emerson Cardoso
Central & South America

Bob Davis
East Asia

Johann Matthies
Europe & Central Asia

Nasser al’Qahtani
Middle East & North Africa

Louise Sinclair-Peters
Southeast Asia

Doug Hiebert
Sub-Saharan Africa

DH
South Asia

Galen Wiest
United States

Vic Wiens
ICOMB

Executive Team

Vic Wiens

Vic agreed to fill the role of Interim General Director for a 12-month term until August of 2022. Vic is one of our veteran missionaries whose usual role is Multiply-ICOMB Liaison. Following the conclusion of our initial round of the General Director search, the Board asked Vic to extend his term of service.

Doug Penner

Doug is the Director of Global Mission and works closely with our regional team leaders. He coaches and encourages our global workers and national leaders, and creates strategic initiatives that help us reach the nations with the gospel of Jesus.

Saji Oommen

Saji serves as Director of Global Catalysts. He works out of the U.S. to catalyze prayer and projects to activate people into missional living locally and globally.

Jeff Friesen

Jeff serves as the Director of Finance. His areas of responsibility include financial and legal compliance and reporting, insurance, and asset management. Jeff holds a CPA, CGA designation.

Carin Van Den Berg

As the Director of Human Resources, Carin oversees all aspects of HR and Team Health, including Member Care, HR Administration and training, equipping and resourcing of long-term workers. She represents the people and culture aspects of the agency.

Larry Neufeld

Larry gives leadership to the operational support and resourcing of missionaries and global projects that North American churches support. He also gives leadership to the Mobilization Team and Media Team that seek to facilitate healthy partnerships with North American churches and to equip young leaders for a lifetime of mission.

Global Lead Team

Doug Penner
TEAM Lead

Emerson Cardoso
Central & South America

Bob Davis
East Asia

Johann Matthies
Europe & Central Asia

Nasser al’Qahtani
Middle East & North Africa

Louise Sinclair-Peters
Southeast Asia

Doug Hiebert
Sub-Saharan Africa

DH
South Asia

Galen Wiest
United States

Vic Wiens
ICOMB

Board of Directors (click to expand)

Board of Directors



Maryanne Berge has served as the Mission Pastor at Forest Grove Community Church in Saskatoon, SK since 2007, working closely with Multiply to develop strong relational partnerships in Panama and Mexico. Maryanne has a passion to see the local church engage in mission and to foster healthy, mutual relationships with the global Church. She has served on the Matthew Training Center Board in Mexico since 2011 and is a certified coach with CMI. Maryanne and her husband Scott have four adult children and one granddaughter.

Aaron Halvorsen 
has been serving as Lead Pastor of Community Bible Church in Olathe, Kansas since 2015. He has an MDiv from Western Seminary in Portland, OR, and served as administrative assistant for several professors, and academic and ministerial programs in the greater Portland area. Aaron was a lay elder for Trinity MB Church. Aaron and his wife Maggie are serving the church and raising their family, continually living in God’s grace, mercy, kindness, patience, truth, and love.


Bill Seinen has recently retired from his manufacturing business and has extensive expertise in operations and finance. Bill and his wife Marian have been members of North Langley Community Church for over twenty years, where he has served several terms on its board of elders in the areas of finance & facilities, including as co-chair during a major renovation and expansion project. Currently Bill serves on the stewardship and development committee. Bill and Marian live in Langley, BC, and have four adult children and three grandchildren.



Wendi Thiessen has served as an elder at The Meeting Place (TMP), in Winnipeg, MB, as well as on the MBCI Board and Executive Committee. Her work experience includes being Corporate Treasurer at Great West Lifeco, Assistant Vice President of Corporate Finance, with involvement in acquisition financing as well as treasury-related projects. Wendi and her husband Richard have three sons and, in her retirement, she has been volunteering with the urban poor, working on a variety of local and international projects.


Vivian Wheeler serves as Director of Church Operations at Birch Bay Bible Community Church. She and her husband Jay owned and operated a dairy business for twenty years, and Vivian worked in music education for fifteen years. They have been actively involved in church leadership, serving on various boards. Vivian grew up at Birch Bay Bible Community Church and served in various ministry roles there until 1991, when they moved to Central Washington, before returning to Birch Bay in 2006. Vivian and her husband Jay have three grown children and six grandchildren.

Kathleen Sherman serves as the Missions Director of Mosaic (MB) church in Littleton, Colorado, where she has been involved in mission care and short-term mission coordination for the last twenty-seven years. During these years she has also managed a financial services business, taught Junior High Life Science, and coached Volleyball. Kathleen also served on the Board of Front Range Christian School for seven years. She and her husband Dave have two daughters and three grandchildren. Kathleen first became acquainted with Multiply when Mosaic joined USMB in 2015, and her passion is well aligned with that of Multiply: to see the Gospel reach every tribe and nation in the world.

Vince Balakian comes from a background of farming in California’s Central Valley, where his enterprise, Fruit Patch, Inc., quickly grew into a large marketing company with worldwide sales and multiple growers in countries in the southern hemisphere, including Australia, Brazil, Chile and South Africa. Since leaving this business, he has partnered with Multiply and his home church of Reedley MB to organize Vision teams of North American pastors sent to learn from the global churches in Thailand, Lithuania, and Turkey, and has helped organize short-term mission teams to these and other global locations. Vince has a passion for church-to-church partnerships and seeing multi-generational mission teams serving together and learning from one another.

 His full story can be read here


Board of Directors

Maryanne Berge has served as the Mission Pastor at Forest Grove Community Church in Saskatoon, SK since 2007, working closely with Multiply to develop strong relational partnerships in Panama and Mexico. Maryanne has a passion to see the local church engage in mission and to foster healthy, mutual relationships with the global Church. She has served on the Matthew Training Center Board in Mexico since 2011 and is a certified coach with CMI. Maryanne and her husband Scott have four adult children and one granddaughter.

Aaron Halvorsen has been serving as Lead Pastor of Community Bible Church in Olathe, Kansas since 2015. He has an MDiv from Western Seminary in Portland, OR, and served as administrative assistant for several professors, and academic and ministerial programs in the greater Portland area. Aaron was a lay elder for Trinity MB Church. Aaron and his wife Maggie are serving the church and raising their family, continually living in God’s grace, mercy, kindness, patience, truth, and love.

Bill Seinen has recently retired from his manufacturing business and has extensive expertise in operations and finance. Bill and his wife Marian have been members of North Langley Community Church for over twenty years, where he has served several terms on its board of elders in the areas of finance & facilities, including as co-chair during a major renovation and expansion project. Currently Bill serves on the stewardship and development committee. Bill and Marian live in Langley, BC, and have four adult children and three grandchildren.

Wendi Thiessen has served as an elder at The Meeting Place (TMP), in Winnipeg, MB, as well as on the MBCI Board and Executive Committee. Her work experience includes being Corporate Treasurer at Great West Lifeco, Assistant Vice President of Corporate Finance, with involvement in acquisition financing as well as treasury-related projects. Wendi and her husband Richard have three sons and, in her retirement, she has been volunteering with the urban poor, working on a variety of local and international projects.

Vivian Wheeler serves as Director of Church Operations at Birch Bay Bible Community Church. She and her husband Jay owned and operated a dairy business for twenty years, and Vivian worked in music education for fifteen years. They have been actively involved in church leadership, serving on various boards. Vivian grew up at Birch Bay Bible Community Church and served in various ministry roles there until 1991, when they moved to Central Washington, before returning to Birch Bay in 2006. Vivian and her husband Jay have three grown children and six grandchildren.

Kathleen Sherman serves as the Missions Director of Mosaic (MB) church in Littleton, Colorado, where she has been involved in mission care and short-term mission coordination for the last twenty-seven years. During these years she has also managed a financial services business, taught Junior High Life Science, and coached Volleyball. Kathleen also served on the Board of Front Range Christian School for seven years. She and her husband Dave have two daughters and three grandchildren. Kathleen first became acquainted with Multiply when Mosaic joined USMB in 2015, and her passion is well aligned with that of Multiply: to see the Gospel reach every tribe and nation in the world.

Vince Balakian comes from a background of farming in California’s Central Valley, where his enterprise, Fruit Patch, Inc., quickly grew into a large marketing company with worldwide sales and multiple growers in countries in the southern hemisphere, including Australia, Brazil, Chile and South Africa. Since leaving this business, he has partnered with Multiply and his home church of Reedley MB to organize Vision teams of North American pastors sent to learn from the global churches in Thailand, Lithuania, and Turkey, and has helped organize short-term mission teams to these and other global locations. Vince has a passion for church-to-church partnerships and seeing multi-generational mission teams serving together and learning from one another.

 His full story can be read here

History

The MB Story

HISTORY: During the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, “Radical Reformation” movements arose all across Europe. Initially seen as a threat to the established Protestant and Catholic Churches, thousands were imprisoned, drowned, beheaded, or burned at the stake. Menno Simons was one of the few leaders who was not martyred, and his followers (“Mennonites”) adopted a stance of pacifism and withdrew to settle in isolated colonies in Russia. Over time, the colonies grew affluent, self-focused and complacent. In 1860, a few Mennonites experienced a renewal in their passion for Jesus, desire to reach their neighbors and their experience of the Holy Spirit. They became known as the “Brethren” and, later, the “Mennonite Brethren.”
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SPIRIT & WORD: The Brethren were dissatisfied with only hearing the Word of God and worshipping on Sundays. They began to meet independently during the week in small home groups for prayer, Bible study and fervent worship. Manifestations of great joy and enthusiasm accompanied the movement in its early stages. This was not generally understood, and the movement was suppressed by the leaders of the Mennonite colonies.

PERSECUTION & COMMUNITY: The Brethren met with criticism and rejection in the colonies and eventually became a separate, independent church. Mennonite elders opposed their independence and forbade them to meet. Persecution only served to strengthen the Brethren’s commitment, and they continued to meet in homes and in secret settings. Their community was characterized by a deep, warm affection and practical care for one another as family, and many were drawn to join them.  

MISSION: Facing mandatory conscription to serve in the Russian military and the pressure for ethnic minorities to conform to the dominant culture, many Anabaptists immigrated to North America. In subsequent migrations, Mennonite Brethren arrived as refugees, both to North America and other continents. Wherever they went, they eagerly planted new churches, united around a common mission to see the Gospel proclaimed around the world. In 1885, they formed the mission agency which is now known as Multiply. Since its founding, Multiply has sent out more than 2,400 long-term missionaries, and thousands more on short-term teams. Collaboration and relationship-building between the many global families of churches - called “conferences”- is facilitated by the International Community of Mennonite Brethren (ICOMB), formed in 1990.

VISION: With globalization and widespread immigration in this century, the world of mission has changed to encompass an “everywhere to everywhere” approach, in contrast to having Western missionaries lead in global evangelism and church planting. Multiply positions global workers in supportive roles alongside key national leaders, focused on building healthy partnerships with church networks in each country. Our tagline, together that the world may know, expresses our desire to partner with our MB churches and with the global Body of Christ, helping to make disciples, plant churches and expand the Kingdom of God through holistic ministry to the least-reached. 

The Multiply Story

In 2018, MB Mission embraced a new name: Multiply. The tagline of the new global mission agency was: together that the world may know. Still based in the Mennonite Brethren family, Multiply was called to facilitate church planting locally, nationally and globally. The vision was focused on making disciples, planting churches and growing partnerships.
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Rich History: Multiply has a rich mission history within the larger story of the Mennonite Brethren (MB) Church, which was the result of a fresh move of the Holy Spirit among Mennonites in Southern Russia in 1860. From the very beginning, MBs were characterized by a revitalized faith in Jesus and a passion for sharing the Gospel with others. This was seen first locally with their fellow Mennonites and Russian neighbours and then by sending missionaries to the ends of the earth, which first happened in 1889 when they sent missionaries to India. 

Due to persecution in Russia in the early 1900s, many MBs were scattered internationally and started new churches wherever they went. Eventually, in North America, their churches united around a common mission to see the Gospel proclaimed and churches planted around the world, so they formed MB Mission.

National Partnerships: In many global settings where MB Mission was working, more national leaders were taking charge and seeing fruitfulness like never before. In response to this, MB Mission began re-positioning their global workers in a more supportive role alongside national leaders. Increasingly, the new strategy was focused on building healthy partnerships with national church-planting networks.

A similar trend developed in North America as MBs continued to plant churches. In Canada, where church multiplication was particularly fruitful, MBs founded the C2C Network to resource their church-planting efforts across the country, which eventually expanded into the US as well.

One Mission: As MB Mission became Multiply in 2018, it was clear that the new agency was focused on one mission globally and that North America had become another region of that one mission. It was hoped that local and global mission would be brought closer together at a time when the world of mission was changing radically. Major people movements continued to shift the world’s population, with many from the least-reached people groups of the world moving to places where the Gospel was being proclaimed with freedom. As well, the church of the Global South had become a major mission force. The false dichotomy between the church and mission was being replaced by a growing understanding that God was on a mission and his missionary was the Church. Global mission was re-envisioned as being “from everywhere to everywhere.”

Togetherness: Along with this emphasis on one mission, Multiply’s passion to see the Church united and fully released into God’s mission was also becoming more prominent. The new tagline, “together that the world may know”, was inspired by the prayer of Jesus in John 17:20-23.

Although the new agency was MB-based, it was focused on serving cross-denominationally to facilitate church planting locally, nationally and globally. Practically, the agency’s vision was to equip every Christ follower to live and share the Gospel and to help every church get involved in planting churches, and to establish and grow effective partnerships to facilitate multiplication.

At the heart of Multiply is a basic belief: God is on mission, reconciling the world to himself, and he desires to accomplish this through his family, the Church.