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Per and Beth Almquist
An avid sports fan, Per (pronounced “Pear”) believes that the pleasure of playing and watching sports is one sure sign that God exists. Per is a military brat who grew up all over the US, while his wife, Beth, is a native New Englander. Both greatly enjoy even the harsher aspects of Maine’s weather – though their three boys enjoy the snow even more than Mom and Dad do. Beth is a music teacher and the local story lady who enjoys her music, stories, and being spoiled as the only girl in the lives of her four guys at home. Per has studied at the Johns Hopkins University, Covenant Theological Seminary, and the University of Missouri. Beth has degrees from Johns Hopkins and Covenant Theological Seminary. They moved to Maine in early 2005 after serving at Covenant Theological Seminary for a number of years. They were called to Maine to serve at Christ the Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Portland in order to prepare themselves and the church for planting a second church in Maine. They moved farther north away from the rest of the country to Lewiston in the fall of 2007 to see God take the next steps in making his kingdom more visible in Maine.
Pastor Hong Key Chung
Our presbytery has a strategic partnership with Romania to plant churches throughout that country. Through prayer, financial support, and short and long term mission trips our partnership is helping extend Christ’s kingdom in Romania. Missionary Hong Key Chung has helped to plant three churches in Romania. He has now started a new work in the city of Cluj. Pastor Chung and his wife Ester have been missionaries to Romania since the mid-nineties, when they felt called by God to this struggling country. From their meager start on the streets of Bucharest, not knowing a word of the Romanian language, they have since planted a Presbyterian Church in that city, ordained the first national Presbyterian Pastor, and nurtured many adults and children in their walk with Christ through youth programs, home visitations and evangelism. In recent years, Pastor Chung has been focusing his energies in the Northern city of Cluj where God has opened doors for him in the political world, among the media, and with other Church leaders. A Conference on Family and Society has evolved from these contacts, as Pastor Chung began to see the need for reformation in the existing Orthodox Church of Romania. One of the aims of this conference is to help those with influence to learn the leadership skills necessary to move Romania out from under the continued communist way of life.
Joseph and Katie Pensak, Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Burlington, VT
Rev. Joseph Pensak, Organizing Pastor and his wife Katie and three daughters
Nadine (8), Lucie (4) and Maelle (8 mo.) moved to Burlington in July 2011 after ten years of ministry in New England, both in Boston and Northeastern Connecticut. Ages are 2013. Joseph is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, located on the North Shore of Boston, and has been involved in entrepreneurial ministry work since 1998, when he co-founded an ESL (English as a second language) camp in Istebna, Poland. While in seminary, Joseph interned at Christ the King Presbyterian in Cambridge, MA, beginning an ESL program among the Brazilian immigrant community there. After graduating seminary in 2004, Joseph became the founding campus minister for a new RUF (Reformed University Fellowship) chapter at the University of Connecticut, where he served for seven years. In 2007, Joseph co-founded Bifrost Arts (www.bifrostarts.com), an ecumenical sacred music organization committed to providing new music, resources and training for the renewal of worship in the church. Feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John and Megan Meinen, Reformed University Fellowship at the University of Vermont
John is the campus minister for RUF at the University of Vermont (UVM) and assistant pastor at Redeemer Burlington.
He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, class of 2004. After spending a year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA in the San Francisco Bay Area, volunteering with BRAC and the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, encountering Christ in the slums of Nairobi and the war zones of northern Uganda, leading backpacking trips for Outward Bound, and participating in a year-long fellowship program in the DC area, John entered Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he earned a Masters of Divinity (M.Div.). He and his wife, Megan, share a love for the outdoors, board games, film, live music, good conversations over a home-cooked meal, and more.