Monday, April 14, 2008

Alumnus Rev. David Maffett accepts position as LBT executive director

Rev. Dr. Glenn Schaeffer, board chair of Lutheran Bible Translators of Canada (LBTC) on behalf of the Board, staff, and ministry partners, is delighted to announce that Rev. David Maffett of Halifax, Nova Scotia, has accepted the call to serve as executive director. Rev. Maffett, a long-time resident of Canada and native of Ohio, attended Concordia College (now University), Ann Arbor, Mich., where he completed the pre-seminary program, and later married Carla from Dresden, Ontario. Immigrating to Canada, he completed the Master of Divinity program at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, Ontario. He graduated and was ordained in 1987.

Upon David’s graduation and ordination, the Moffetts were placed by LCMS World Mission as evangelistic missionaries in Togo, West Africa, and served there for 12 years. During that time, God blessed them with two sons, Jonah and Micah. In Togo, the Moffetts planted churches, trained leaders, and worked very closely with a Wycliffe Bible translation team. For most of those years, David was the field supervisor, helping to establish the Lutheran Center for Theological Studies (CLET) in Dapaong, Togo, which trains French-speaking pastors from seven African countries. After initially teaching at the CLET for two years, David has returned several times since then to teach two-week intensive courses.

The Maffetts returned to North America in 1999 and moved to Fort Wayne, Ind., where David entered the Master of Sacred Theology program. In 2000, he accepted a call from the East District of the Lutheran Church—Canada as a mission developer in Nova Scotia, where he established Faith Lutheran Church in Dartmouth and has served to the present. He has also assisted Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario, with theological education in Quebec.

LBTC looks toward this new opportunity to grow in God's kingdom under Rev. Maffett’s leadership. LBTC exists to bring people to faith in Jesus Christ through Bible translation and literacy work.

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