Rev. Kevin Kompelien to serve as sixth president of the EFCA
Trinity CommunicationsJune 25, 2015
Last week at the EFCA One conference, Rev. Kevin Kompelien (MDiv ’83) was elected president of the Evangelical Free Church of America. Credentialed delegates of the 130th conference business session affirmed the Board of Directors nominee. This election is the culmination of a prayerful and extensive search process initiated in 2014 when former President William Hamel announced his retirement. Kompelien will begin his presidency on June 18, 2015.
The Evangelical Free Church of America is a movement of 17 districts supporting over 1,500 churches across the U.S. Each week, more than 370,000 people attend EFCA churches. 737 missionaries serve the international mission of the EFCA in over 80 countries of the world. Affiliated universities include Trinity International University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School both in Deerfield, Ill. and Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia.
For the past nine years, Kompelien has been the international leader for the Africa division with ReachGlobal (the international mission of the EFCA) and a senior leader of the mission. A graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1983), he served over twenty years as pastor of two EFCA churches. In addition, Kompelien served on the North Central District Board chairing the church planting committee and on the Central California District Board (now EFCA West). A native of Thief River Falls, Minn., Kompelien and his wife Becky have been married for 34 years. They have four grown, married children and five grandchildren.
With the gospel as the foundation of the EFCA, President Kompelien is committed to building a culture of disciplemaking furthering the EFCA’s mission of multiplying transformational churches among all people. His desire is to establish disciplemaking pathways and multiply generations of disciplemakers so that genuine gospel transformation occurs in the lives of individuals, families, churches, and communities. In addition, Kompelien desires to see godly, well equipped men and women of all ages and ethnicities serving as leaders in our churches and in our communities so that ministry expands and flourishes.
“We must see the United States through missionary eyes so that we don’t miss the opportunity to reach an ever more secular and religiously diverse American population. This includes reaching large cities and growing ethnic populations, and employing new methodologies for church multiplication.” Kompelien is confident that the EFCA will not reach this country unless the EFCA partners with like-minded movements and allows the gospel to take priority over denominational identity.
In the days to come, President Kompelien will work with EFCA leaders domestically and internationally toward the realization of our vision of seeing God raise up one million disciplemakers impacting millions with the gospel and transforming entire cities and regions globally. This will be possible if pastors and leaders maintain a prayerful posture of deep dependence upon the Lord and work together in collaborative coalitions. As we depend on the Lord and humbly work together for kingdom purposes, Kompelien believes God will do great things. We celebrate this important time in EFCA history and look with anticipation to the future.
Please pray for this momentous presidential transition and for the entire EFCA movement.