Tina-Marie Axenty Foundations Team Oct 06, 2021, 1:12 AM Last Edit: Oct 07, 2021, 10:02 PM by Joyce Rees Mark & Allison McEwing, Prairie Vineyard, MB Moderator Regular Poster Posts: 53 Location: Kelowna Mark and Allison are pastors of Prairie Vineyard in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. God seems to lead them as they follow their passions and has always provided opportunities to serve him. Sharing the truth of Jesus and the intimacy of the Holy Spirit is what continues to inspire them. The call to follow Jesus began as a teenager for Mark, who remembers first encountering the Holy Spirit in Australia at the Uniting Church his family was attending. He returned to Canada (Brandon, Manitoba) as a young adult where he soon realized the call to discipleship was going to be all or nothing. As his desire for the kingdom of God increased, he felt drawn to move to Toronto, where he quickly connected with the Downtown Toronto Vineyard. He was there only a few months but God's heart for people had impacted him profoundly by the time he had returned to Brandon. Allison grew up in Dauphin, Manitoba and encountered Jesus through friends while earning her music degree at Brandon University. Mark and Allison's paths began to cross numerous times through close friends. They soon married in 2000 and joined Brandon Vineyard shortly after. In 2007 they moved to Portage la Prairie to join the Vineyard community and help with leading worship. Eventually in 2013, with the support of their leadership team, they transitioned to lead pastors. They love opportunities to encourage their neighbours with stories of God's faithfulness through life's struggles. While they all like to stay physically active, they value time together with their kids by sharing a movie, playing games, and camping. Together they own Portage Conservatory of Music, where they, along with other part time instructors, teach private music lessons to students of all ages.