J Janzen has been a part-time co-pastoral elder at Highland since January 2008. He gives oversight to the teaching times during worship gatherings, helps to coordinate small groups, and provides leadership support to Highland’s service and witness locally and elsewhere.

From 2000 to 2005 J traveled across Canada as a radio producer and storyteller for Family Life Network in Winnipeg, Manitoba ( Since then J has served as instructor at Columbia Bible College (, interim editor of the MB Herald (, and instructor with Canadian Mennonite University’s Outtatown program (

In addition to his work at Highland, J is editor of Rejoice!—a daily devotional magazine co-published by the Canadian and U.S. Mennonite churches and the Canadian and U.S. Mennonite Brethren churches. (

As a result, J regularly serves as a guest speaker at worship services, church retreats, and Bible camps. A common remark is that J reminds people of Stuart Maclean.

J earned undergraduate degrees from both the University of Winnipeg and Concord College. He holds a Master of Christian Studies degree from Regent College. His thesis, “A Complicated Peace: The Problem of Passivism in Canadian Anabaptist-Mennonite
Peacemaking,” explored ways in which various perspectives on violence, force, pacifism, nonresistance, and love have undermined Canadian Mennonites efforts at peacemaking.

When J isn’t at work, he prefers to be traveling with his wife and four children, or pushing his kids on the swings at Stanley Park as he enjoys the sights of the sun setting over English Bay.

To contact J you can email him at