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McKinstrys In Spain


We are Mark and Heather, international church pastors in the greater Barcelona area of Spain. We have two adult daughters, Ashley and Allie, who are attending university in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our story began back when we were teens and God called both of us into the ministry and to the mission field in Europe. From 1993 until 2016, God led us to serve as youth, education, and missions pastors in three amazing churches, aiming us for our future work in Europe. We’ve been blessed to pour our lives into thousands of young people, couples, and families stateside. While gaining valuable experience and maturity, our passion for the people of Spain and Europe has increased. God has been preparing us and we are driven to love and serve the people of Spain. Our primary task will be working alongside of John and Brandi Carrano to plant an international church in Girona, Spain, just outside of Barcelona.

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LEARN. By submerging ourselves in the culture, learning the language and befriending locals, we will gain a deeper understanding for the needs of the people. We want to understand God’s heart and plan for the city.

SERVE. Together we will meet the needs of the city as we develop a faith community, exchange knowledge, and disciple leaders. We want to embody and communicate the gospel to the people of the city.

GROW. We desire this church to become self-governing, self-supporting, and self-multiplying so that it may further impact the city and region for generations to come. We want to replicate a growing, New Testament church.


The Barcelona metro area is a beautiful region filled with millions of amazing people, yet they are plagued by deep wounds, relational brokenness, and spiritual disinterest. But this is changing, a new generation is emerging in Spain. Right now, there is an increasing wave of curiosity and desire for spiritual connection and transformation that many are witnessing in the flourishing Christian faith community of Barcelona. We will partner with the existing church and leadership to plant a church amongst a people where there is little or no access to church in Girona, Spain. In Luke 15, Jesus spoke of leaving the 99 sheep who were safe in order to search for the one who had strayed from the fold. In Spain, the statistics are reversed and we are partnering with the one to reach the 99. With God’s help and your support, we will see lives changed.