Mark and Brenda Edens
Raised in a “pioneer family” in Homer, Alaska, Mark Edens is called to advance God’s kingdom in Homer. Mark is passionate to see everyone experience the goodness of God, live by hearing and obeying His voice, be transformed by the power of the gospel of Jesus, and release God’s kingdom into every personal sphere of influence.
Mark and Brenda devote themselves to building and nurturing healthy marriages and families through teaching classes, organizing marriage and family conferences, and personal counseling.
Mark received a Bible Diploma from the Alaska Bible Institute in 1980 and received a degree in Pastoral Ministry and Biblical Studies from Northwest College of the Assemblies of God in 1986. Brenda, raised in Minnesota, met Mark at Bible school and they married in 1983. Mark maintains a commercial fishing operation in the summer, highlighting his desire for marketplace ministry. Brenda enjoys being a domestic engineer as well as Mark’s personal assistant. She has a gift for hospitality. They are blessed to have three grown children and three granddaughters.
Lanny has been pursuing an increase in the tangible presence of God for many years. “One Encounter with the living God changes everything for the human heart. I love to create a landing strip for the Holy Spirit, and with personal transformation the door is opened to community transformation.” Lanny also loves to teach from the Word and is passionate to facilitate younger leaders into their destinies in the Kingdom. “Personal encounter with the Holy Spirit is very important, but so is focused, intentional discipleship. A thriving community needs both.” He also strongly believes that joy is serious business in the kingdom, and that we should “never take joy lightly.”
Lanny was raised in California and Carol was raised in the Washington DC area. They met while working in Yellowstone National Park, became followers of Jesus while there and were baptized in the Firehole River in Yellowstone in 1979. They married in 1980, and moved to Alaska in 1984. Lanny graduated from Alaska Bible Institute in 1988, and then became an instructor there. Lanny has worked in the construction trades for many years and Carol is an administrative assistant for a statewide homeschool support program operated by a public school district and homeschools their youngest son, who is in high school. They have seven children and seven grandchildren. Lanny says that Carol brings wonderful support to them as a team, and greatly adds to his ability to flow in ministry.