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Brad and Krischa McKenzie

Status: On the Field
Location: Europe
Field: Germany
Ministry: Church Planting

Bio

Brad and Krischa McKenzie have ministered full‑time in Germany since 1992. Krischa grew up near Tübingen, Germany, in the ministry of her parents, Jürgen and Joan Matthia. Brad's father was a pastor who encouraged Brad toward missions by reading from missionary biographies and taking an active interest in missionaries.

Brad and Krischa met in music theory class at Bob Jones University in 1980. After marrying in 1985, they entered into short‑term ministry in Tübingen, Germany, for 13 months (1986‑1988) before joining GFA. Brad was ordained at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Greenville, SC, and then they returned to Tübingen.

Together with Kevin and Carol Matthia, they began a two‑year ministry in youth and music before answering the call of the Lord in 1994 to plant a church in Magdeburg (former East Germany).

Kevin and Carol also felt led of the Lord to go to Magdeburg and served with Brad and Krischa for more than 15 years before moving to Camp Impact, where Kevin is now camp director.

Work in the formerly communist region has proven to be slow. Although the church functioned as a church for 25 years before chartering, it now has an ordained national co-pastor who presently shares with Brad the responsibilities of the church while maintaining a full-time job.

Presently the ministry has about 20 adults and 20 children attending regularly. Due to the influx of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa, some attention has been given to people seeking asylum in Germany, both saved and unsaved.

Brad has for years supported Kevin in the camp ministry, preaching frequently and ministering in the camp music. He is the editor of a camp songbook that was released in January 2008 and has gone into additional printings and a second version.

In recent years Brad has been asked to play an advisory role for one church that in all the years of its existence had not yet appointed biblically qualified men to leadership roles within the church. Another church is just organizing, and here again Brad has been called upon to help them choose a pastor from among their men. A third situation involving home Bible studies in a nearby city has the potential of becoming a church plant. Brad is serving increasingly as a guest speaker in church leadership meetings and church retreats.

The McKenzies have 10 children: Dalene, Danae, Derek, Devon, Donia, Doreen, Dustin, Danika, Donovan, and Danielle.

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