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MVGB Ministry and Field Development: Viv and Jean Penfold

Biography

Viv & Jean Penfold are based in Stockport, Cheshire in the UK.  They have three daughters and four grandchildren. Both Viv & Jean come from a background in education but have been in full time Christian ministry for over 25 years. They are part of the leadership team of Missionary Ventures Great Britain and Europe and of 360 Life Church, Stockport.

Jean was the pioneer manager of the Stockport debt counselling centre run in conjunction with UK charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP), and Viv’s ministry has mostly been in missions, evangelism, church planting and leadership development. (The first church plant was in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria where they pastored together for almost 10 years. During this time churches were planted out from there in Millom and Lancaster). Viv also served as the Director of Church Planting for Assemblies of God (AOG) North West Region for 10 years and later as the Regional Superintendent.  Throughout the whole of this time Viv & Jean were heavily involved in overseas missions, especially in India, Africa, Europe and North & Central America under their ministry banner ‘No Limits’. 

Viv and Pastor DB Abraham

Viv & Jean have been associated with Missionary Ventures for over 15 years and during that time the major thrust of the work has been concentrated in India, mostly in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Viv worked with D.B. Abraham for almost 20 years and in that time they saw over 700 churches planted.

Together with Missionary Ventures the New Life Bible College was established in Hyderabad and over 100 pastors and church planters were trained. Two Ministry Training Centres (Visakhapatnam and Tirupathi) have prepared young people for church planting and evangelism — especially amongst unreached tribal groupssuch as the Konda Dora and Yanadi. Eighty five churches have been planted by graduates of these Ministry Training Centres.

Viv & Jean now serve Missionary Ventures with responsibility for Ministry and Field Development. Recently the Lord has burdened them with the desperate spiritual needs of Europe, and together with Luther & Sandy Meier and Rob & Erika Carter a team has been launched with a  vision for multiplying disciples and planting churches there  -  “Mission Europe."

 

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