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.
President Kompelien works with EFCA leaders domestically and internationally toward the realization of seeing God raise up disciplemakers who with the gospel will transform 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.
Rev. Kevin Kompelien was elected president of the Evangelical Free Church of America in 2015. For the previous nine years, he served as the international leader for the Africa division with ReachGlobal (the international mission of the EFCA) and as a senior leader of the mission.
A graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1983), Kompelien served over twenty years as pastor of two EFCA churches. In addition, he served on the North Central District Board chairing the church planting committee and on the Central California District Board (now EFCA West). In June 2019, President Kompelien was presented with an honorary Doctor of Divinity dregree by Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. A native of Thief River Falls, Minn., Kompelien and his wife Becky have been married for 38 years. They have four grown, married children and seven grandchildren.