Meet the staff of mhm

Richard Thiessen

Executive Director

Richard has been Executive Director of the Museum since April 2014. He grew up in Chilliwack and was Library Director at Mennonite Brethren Bible College / Concord College from 1990 to 2000, and Library Director at Columbia Bible College from 2000 to 2014. He also serves as Managing Editor of GAMEO, the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. He has a passion for gathering and telling the Mennonite story.

Jenny Bergen

Museum Educator

Jenny has always felt a strong connection to her Mennonite heritage, and enjoys digging deeper into the Mennonite story. With a background in Education, and a passion for continual learning and strengthening community relationships, Jenny will be joining us as Museum Educator in October of 2019.

Jennifer Martens

Office and Volunteer Manager

Jennifer joined us as Office and Volunteer Manager in July 2016. She was recently employed as a Library Technician at Mennonite Educational Institute Schools for 19 years and the Fraser Valley Regional Library since 2013. Jennifer enjoys reading, history, organizing, facilitating projects and working with volunteers and teams. She has a keen interest in community culture, food history, genealogy and cross-generational relationships. Her favourite activities are spending time with family, making handmade cards and shopping for gifts, books, paper, art supplies, fabric and yarn.

Mary Ann Quiring

Receptionist and Office Assistant

Mary Ann Quiring has been interested in the Mennonite story for many years. She enjoys reading and spending time working on genealogy. She is excited about the facilities that house the Mennonite Heritage Museum and the opportunity to connect with researchers and visitors alike. Mary Ann is married to Ernie Quiring and enjoys spending time with their 7 grandchildren.

Coffee Shop Manager

Coffee Shop Manager

Ernie Thiessen


Having excelled at many careers in his life, Ernie has found his dream job and calling by contracting out his cleaning services through his company, J.E.T.T. Holdings, Inc. Self motivated to serve in this capacity, he provides support for several clients including the Mennonite Heritage Museum. With a green thumb and remarkable ability to beautify, he donates his time and resources to keep the tall planters at the front doors of the museum looking welcoming to visitors. In his off-work hours, he can be found at the piano composing music, in the yard doing gardening, working on home improvements (or watching reno shows like "Home Sense") and watching Hallmark movies with his wife of 35 years. Ernie has a special interest in cars, having owned more than 40 vehicles over the years, and a love for people, having many close friends and enjoying their company and the stories that older generation friends have shared with him over the years of times gone by. Ernie's family life is full with his wife, Janette and their two children; both with families of their own. He says of his 6 grandchildren, "they make everything all worthwhile."

Lilian Batista

Coffee Shop Assistant

She grew up in South of Brazil in a very Mennonite Cozy Home where she lived the true Anabaptist culture, learned German at home and Portuguese at School, and moved out to Canada in 2015. Here in the Fraser Valley, she spent her working time serving customers in a very friendly, patient and respectful manner making new friends. She also likes to speak with people and make them feel at home. She enjoys and loves her husband and two kids. Living in Canada is a dream come true for her and she's making this place her new home.