Mark and Glenda


Mark was raised in northeast Arkansas and Glenda in Columbus, Ohio. Following their marriage in 1989, they ultimately chose to make Columbus their home. While successful in business management, both began to feel a pull towards deeper things. Under the guidance of Pastor William Sciscoe, they developed a children’s ministry based on doctrinal teaching, which culminated in the co-authorship of two training books entitled Growing with God. In 2002, God placed a definitive call to Finland upon Mark, and their life’s path began to change. While serving as AIM in Estonia (2005-2006), with the purpose of obtaining training for overseas ministry, the Alphins applied for appointment to Finland; in September 2007, their missions dream became a reality. Their first years in Finland have proven that they are a good fit within the culture. Their love for the Finnish people runs deep, and they are learning the language while building a foundational work. In 2014, the country of Iceland was also added to their area of responsibility. As pioneering missionaries in the “Land of the Midnight Sun,” they are committed to penetrating the taciturn Nordic cultures in order to see thriving groups of believers built within the region.

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