Mark and Dalene and their daughter Emma are church planters based in France who have pioneered a missional faith-community in the strategic city of Grenoble. They and their team are reaching both the many unreached people groups and the secular Europeans seeing them reconciled to God and to each other on the local campus of 60,000 students, as well as among the marginalized through Project Rescue and an outreach to refugees and migrants. This center of ministry serves as a training hub for new entrepreneurial pioneers coming to Europe to gain experience and then be sent out to reproduce more communities of faith among the least reached in the hardest places on the continent. Mark and Dalene also serve as strategic leaders on the Europe Leadership Team, privileged to have been tasked with developing a region-wide training and mentoring program for Europe. Dalene also leads the team that develops all new AGWM personnel in spiritual formation.
Mark and Dalene served as assistant pastors on the West Coast before beginning their overseas ministry in 1993. They pastored a filipino congregation in Hong Kong and pioneered university ministry on the campuses of Bangladesh's three largest cities for 14 years. They have been serving in France since 2010.
EMMA likes reading, fashion, photography, playing guitar, Indian food and hanging out with friends.
DALENE likes baking, renovating furniture, mentoring, Mexican food and Jane Austen flicks.
MARK likes coffee, baseball, history books, documentaries, slam poetry and Cajun food.
Grenoble is known as the capital of the French Alps; the Silicon Valley of France; a science and physics research hub; and a university city of 60,000 students. It has always played a part in bringing social, political and religious transformation in France. This role is characterized in four main areas:
Revolution: It is called the birthplace of French Revolution because of an event in 1788 called the Day of the Tiles. The citizens of Grenoble protested the corruption of the monarchy by spontaneously climbing onto their roofs and raining down heavy tiles on the heads of the king's troops. This act of civil disobedience inspired the people of Paris to later storm the Bastille to extend the revolution throughout the country.
Revival: Hundreds of thousands of Protestant Huguenots were either martyred in and around Grenoble or condemned to death by the regional parliament based here. Pastors and their wives were hung, decapitated, died in prison or served life sentences on galley ships. The region has not yet seen the extent of promised revival that springs from the blood of the martyrs. But we know it is coming and we see encouraging signs of its advent every day.
We are tapping into these inherent historical qualities, asking the Lord of the Harvest to once again use Grenoble to be a catalyst in bringing about massive social and spiritual transformation in the nation and throughout Europe.
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In 2014, we and our team planted a faith community. Our non-traditional service, designed to welcome those who may never set foot in a church, meets every Sunday evening. Our vision is to reach the 32 unreached people groups in France and the millions of unchurched French secularists and see them reconciled to Christ and each other. We are called to be a City of Refuge that offers a place of extraordinary hospitality, belonging and honor to asylum seekers, immigrants, and foreigners. We also are called to be a City on a Hill that shines out to the European community the testimony of the revolutionary love and miraculous reconciliations and unity that Europe is so desperate for, but are really only possible through Jesus Christ.
Grenoble University is home to 60,000 students from all over France, Europe and the world. Our ministry of Remix Student Group is reaching these French, European and international students through offering one-on-one language exchanges, cultural interviews, English classes and events that promote community and affirm cultural diversity. We also have a weekly coffee-to-go table on campus and do creative evangelism. Our service for Christian students, Reverb, meets on Thursday nights.