Church Planter Feature: Mark and Brenda Rempel
Our featured church planters this month are Mark and Brenda Rempel, lead pastors at twentynine:eleven church in Tempe, AZ.
The couple has been in full-time ministry for more than 22 years, and both of them have poured into the lives of thousands of students and adults across the country and abroad. During this time, they spent a season serving as youth pastors and another as executive pastors, helping students and young professionals develop an attitude of worship and gratitude in their everyday lives at school and in the workplace.
Mark is a published author and blogger who is passionate about using creativity to draw people to his hero, Jesus Christ.
Before planting twentynine:eleven, Mark and Brenda served at Rockford First in Rockford, IL, and Desert Springs Church in Chandler, AZ. Brenda is currently a licensed social worker in Arizona and Mark has worked with the Chandler Fire Department as a volunteer crisis responder.
The vision for twentynine:eleven Church (29:11) began in the backseat of a van in western Africa, where it came to Mark as he was ministering in a country bound by idols and witchcraft. Thinking about his home in Phoenix and the community there that was suffering and bound by their own struggles and idols, he felt God give him the words to pen the vision behind 29:11 entitled, "The Church I See."
Returning to the United States, Mark and Brenda began their journey to plant a unique church that focused on authenticity in a culture of facades. Starting in their living room on Saturday nights, they focused on worship and connection, quickly outgrowing the house.
When looking for a larger location, the team desired a more diverse worship community. The 29:11 team eventually found their prayers answered in the form of an old plaza in an urban area that had previously hosted a charter school.
Utilizing the skills of those who had made 29:11 their home, they rebuilt the inside of the plaza space, creating a new venue that included a coffee shop, kids ministry areas, and a worship experience room. Three years later, they outgrew that space and expanded into the 7,000 square ft. building next door – beginning services on Sunday mornings for the first time alongside their flagship Saturday nights.
With a multi-generational culture of creativity, 29:11 Church is reaching people through original worship, community, and outreach that is presented in a unique way every week.