Anabaptist Communicators


Anabaptist Communicators is organized to facilitate and enhance communication, professional enrichment, fellowship, and development among those working in communication in separate, but related denominations.

Members include but are not limited to broadcasters, freelancers, writers, editors, filmmakers, videographers, artists, graphic designers, journalists, web designers, marketers, publishers, educators, administrators, and students in communication or related programs.



2016 Conference

Overcoming "More with Less": New Realities in Communication



October 27-28, 2016. 


Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas.
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Wednesday, Oct. 26

  • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. — (optional) Art exhibit — “Revelations in Wood: The Sculpture of John Gaeddert, 1950-2015”
  • 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. — (optional) Museum exhibit – “Memory Matters: Works by Gesine Janzen”
  • 8 p.m. — Wine and cheese reception (RSVP required) & early check-in @ Kauffman Museum

Thursday, Oct. 27

  • 8 a.m. — Registration @ Administration Building, Chapel
  • 8:30 a.m. — Welcome and meditation
  • 9 a.m. — Keynote address: “Page-Turning Content in a Thumb-Stopping World: Sharing Our Messages in a Changing Communications Universe” by John Longhurst, director of resources and public engagement at Canadian Foodgrains Bank
  • 10 a.m. — Break
  • 10:30 a.m. — Concurrent workshops
    • $50 Sneakers
    • Panel: Entrepreneurial Spirit
    • Pushing Past the Rejection Letters: Strategies for Successful Grant Writing
  • Noon — Business meeting & lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. — Off-Site Visits
    • Dyck Arboretum
    • Flint Hills Design
    • Mennonite World Review, Newton Now, The Mennonite
    • Next Element
    • Prairie View
    • MCC
  • 3:30 p.m. — Break
  • 4 p.m. — Panel: Dynamics of Social Media
  • 5:30 p.m. — Affinity Group and Networking Dinner

Friday, Oct. 28

  • 8 a.m. — Coffeebar
  • 8:30 a.m. — Meditation by 
  • 9 a.m. — Concurrent Workshops
    • A Kodak Moment, or What Business Are You In?
    • Them’s Fightin’ Words: Nonviolent Communication and the Internet
    • How to do more with less without being tacky
  • 10:15 a.m. — Break
  • 11 a.m. — Keynote address: “Relatively Conscious” by Mark McCormick, exec. dir. of the Kansas African American Museum
  • Noon — Networking lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. — Concurrent Hot Topics
  • 2:30 p.m. — Break
  • 3 p.m. — Closing reflections by keynote speakers
  • 4 p.m. — (optional) Museum exhibit – “Memory Matters: Works by Gesine Janzen” OR Art exhibit — “Revelations in Wood: The Sculpture of John Gaeddert, 1950-2015”


John Longhurst is Director of Resources and Public Engagement for Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end hunger.

Has been involved in communications and marketing since 1981 as a reporter, editor, and director for international NGOs, a mission agency, a denominational magazine, a university, a community peace and justice center in Dallas, TX, and a book publisher. In 1998, he organized Faith and the Media, Canada's first national conference on how the media reports about faith in that country. Since 2003, he has been the Faith Page columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press, as well as being published in a variety of other newspapers and magazines. Since 2007, he has been part of the organizing team behind Going Barefoot, a bi-annual communications and marketing conference held at Canadian Mennonite University. He taught media relations at the University of Winnipeg and for Volunteer Manitoba, and is author of the book Making the News: An Essential Guide to Effective Media Relations. He maintains two blogs: On Faith Canada, a collection of his writing on religion, and Making the News, a blog about the future of media, communications and marketing. John is a member of River East (Mennonite Brethren) Church in Winnipeg, but currently is skewing Anglican. 

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Mark McCormick is executive director of The Kansas African-American Museum (TKAAM) in Wichita. Before taking that post in 2013, he wasdirector of communications for the Kansas Leadership Center, a writer, editor and columnist for the Wichita Eagle and a religion writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal. Pulitzer Prize-winning nationally syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts said of McCormick: “If it is a reporter’s job to tell you what happened, it is a columnist’s job to tell you what it means, to plumb the news and nonsense of daily life and distill from it that nugget of wisdom that tells you something you didn’t already know or takes something you thought you knew and forces you to see it with different eyes. In his years as a columnist for the Wichita Eagle, Mark E. McCormick fit that definition to the proverbial tee. He was an inventive writer and a thoughtful seeker of truth. You came away just a little bit better for having read him.”

McCormick collaborated with NFL star and Wichita native Barry Sanders on an autobiography that made the New York Times bestseller list. McCormick is featured in the “beat reporting” chapter of the journalism textbook Writing and Reporting News, A Coaching Method, and in the documentary Roots and Branches: Preserving the Legacy of Gordon Parks, about Wichita State University’s quest to acquire the collected works of another Kansas native, and a trailblazing photographer, writer and filmmaker.

A graduate of the University of Kansas, McCormick is a trustee at two schools of journalism (at KU and at WSU), has been professional-in-residence at the University of Oklahoma, and is a member of the Alpha Nu Boule chapter of Sigma Pi Phi.

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