In January 2023, the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism (ISGA) welcomed Isaiah Friesen in the role of administrative assistant and communications coordinator. Friesen is a Goshen College graduate and has participated in Anabaptist communities in the United States and Latin America, including Casa de Paz (Guatemala) and Iglesia Menonita Celebra (Colombia).
Friesen has significant experience in Central America, including Study-Service Term in Nicaragua and teaching creation care courses at the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary (SEMILLA) in Guatemala. He has also worked in ecumenical creation care ministries in the U.S. He is currently a graduate student at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary.
Friesen is the primary voice of the ISGA Facebook page and assists with administrative tasks related to the ISGA website, the French- and Spanish-language digital libraries (BiNA and BiDA), and the AnabaptistWiki. “Being part of the global church has become an important part of my Anabaptist identity,” said Friesen. “My ISGA work includes many great opportunities both to stay connected to Latin American churches and to continue to learn about the stories and gifts of Anabaptist communities in other parts of the world.” Friesen’s contributions will strengthen the ISGA’s vision to enhance Anabaptist scholarship through global connection and storytelling.