16th May 2013 (No Comments)
Brief History of the P.E.F.
The Pentecostal European Fellowship (PEF) came into being as the merge between the EPF and the PEC during the 1987 PEC in Lisbon (Portugal).
The EPF (European Pentecostal Fellowship) was started in 1966 in a meeting that was convened in Rome (Italy), which developed into an annual fraternal gathering of Pentecostal leaders across Europe, under the chairmanship of the late Rev. Eric Dando (United Kingdom), later succeeded by Rev. Reinhold Ulonska (Germany).
The PEC (Pentecostal European Conference) began in 1969 in Nyhem (Sweden), as an initiative of Pastor Lewi Pethrus (Sweden), who appointed Rev. Jacob Zopfi (Switzerland) as the chairman of PEC, a triennial conference held in numerous European cities since then.
In 1987 the two streams EPF and PEC formed the PEF, and Jacob Zopfi served as its Chairman until 2001, followed by Pastor Ingolf Ellssel (Germany) who served as Chairman of PEF until March 2013. The new Chairman of PEF is Dr. Arto Hämälainen from Finland.
In 2005, the PEF adopted a Constitution and received legal recognition in Belgium as an international non-profit association. In the same year PEF opened its head office in the Brussels area, and appointed Daniel Costanza as full-time Coordinator of PEF.
Today, PEF has 54 national members in 36 countries, plus other associate members and fraternal contacts, representing some 4 million Pentecostals in Europe. Since 2011, PEF is also a member of the Pentecostal World Fellowship (PWF), representing our global Pentecostal family.
Over the last 10 years, PEF has strengthened its evangelistic vision by mobilizing young people around Europe for city-wide outreaches in the capitals of Europe. After Helsinki (2000) and Berlin (2003), IMPACT outreaches have taken place in Brussels (2006), Oslo (2007), Madrid (2008), Vienna (2009), Stockholm (2010), Budapest (2011), Luxembourg (2012) and Palermo (2013).
The next Impact outreach will take place in Bratislava, Slovaquia, in June 2014.
While the vision for a greater spiritual impact on Europe is carried by PEF, it is implemented in different arenas through its branches: PEM, PEFY, EPPA, PEF-W, PEF-SM, PEF-African churches, PEF-Kids, and other networks, including our cooperative fellowship with EPTA (theological institutions).
To God be the glory for what He has done and what He will continue to do through the PEF!
PEF Executive Director