Malaga, Spain

Planting a life-giving International Church amongst 1.9 million Spaniards, expats, and foreigners.

Our Story

We are Mark and Heather, international church pastors in Barcelona and future international church planters in Malaga, Spain. All that we are, all that we have, and all that we will ever be is because of Jesus Christ. He has put a dream in our hearts by inviting us to be a part of what He is doing in the lives of people in Spain. We invite you to take this journey with us, to read through the stories on this site, and to allow God to speak to your heart about what He would invite you to be a part of both here in Spain and right where you live.

Our story began back before we ever met, when Heather and I were teens, and God called both of us into the ministry and eventually to the mission field in Europe. From 1993 until 2016, God led us to serve as youth, discipleship, and missions pastors in three amazing churches in the US, and from 2017-2020 as part of the pastoral team at the International Church of Barcelona. We’ve been blessed to pour our lives into thousands of amazing people in very diverse and beautiful, Christ-centered communities. We have two adult daughters, Ashley and Allie. Ashley attends a medical college in the midwest and Allie makes her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her husband Joey. It's our privilege to love and serve the city of Malaga and to watch Christ do what only He can do; to bring hope, healing, and life to all who would put their faith in Him.

 

Our primary task will be to establish a vibrant, ethnically diverse, and life-giving international church in Malaga that lifts up the name of Jesus. We believe that God is in the business of doing impossible things. We believe that He is and will continue to reveal to people who are far from Him that He is close and that He will give life and hope to hearts that receive Him. We believe that God loves Malaga and that He has a beautiful purpose for this city and the people there. And we believe God may be inviting you to be a part of what He is doing there through giving, praying, or even going.

Our Role

LEARN. By submerging ourselves in the culture, connecting with locals, learning the language, reading and research, and most of all seeking the heart of God, we are gaining a deeper understanding of the Spanish and European ministry context and the needs of the people we are called to serve. We want to understand God’s heart and plan for the nation of Spain, the city of Malaga, and the region of Andalusia. We know that learning is a life-long attitude and we value spiritual, personal, and professional growth.

SERVE. Our plan is to serve a community of believers that will deeply love Jesus, each other, and the city of Malaga. Together, as Christ transforms our lives, we will reflect that work to those arounds us, meeting needs while pointing people to Jesus, the true life-giver. We will serve each other by developing a faith community, loving the people of the city, and discipling and empowering leaders. We want to clearly communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ to every person in the city of Malaga and the surrounding communities through a community of believers that embodies the gospel message.

GROW. We believe that healthy things grow, that the life of Christ brings heart transformation and astounding growth. We expect and desire this church to become self-governing, self-supporting, and self-multiplying so that it may further impact all people in the city and region for many generations to come. We want to replicate a growing, New Testament church, that is ethnically diverse, multi-lingual, and most of all, lifts up the name of Jesus while generously and radically loving the people around us.

Why Spain?

The greater Malaga metro area is a beautiful region filled with almost 2 million people, the vast majority of which have never received an adequate gospel presentation. They are plagued by deep wounds, relational brokenness, and spiritual disinterest. But this is changing, a new generation is emerging in Europe and Spain. Right now, there is an increasing wave of curiosity and desire for spiritual connection and heart transformation that we are witnessing here in Spain and other parts of the continent. Europeans that were once, in large part, offended by the church are now sincerely interested. Many here in Spain who first experience a life-giving church say, “I’ve never seen anything like this. If this is the church, I’m in!” And when they hear a clear, authentic gospel message, they say, “This is what I’ve been searching for all my life!”

We will partner with the Assemblies of God World Missions, the existing church in Spain, and the Fellowship of European International Churches to plant a new church in the center of Malaga amongst a people where there is almost no access to an evangelical church. Our four-fold strategy includes: 1) connecting to the city through regular service and compassion outreach, 2) building Christian community through weekly small group discipleship, 3) joining together in monthly worship and prayer nights, and 4) worshiping together as a whole church community on Sundays. 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, those statistics are reversed and we are literally partnering with the one percent to reach the 99 that have yet to be introduced to a God that loves them and His Son who died for all of us. With God’s help and your partnership, we believe we will see God change lives.

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