Mike Penninga

Mike Penninga

Mike Penninga is first a foremost a son of God, a husband of Michelle, a father of 3, and a pretty good tennis player. A grad of Trinity Western University and ACTS seminary with a background in broadcast journalism, Mike has a passion for sharing the life changing news of Jesus Christ in understandable and captivating ways. He has been the lead pastor at KGF since March 2009.

proverbstitlescreenWe are inviting you to join us in seeking wisdom from God, the Source of all wisdom!  Proverbs has 31 chapters, and we’re inviting you you read and reflect on 1 chapter a day (even giving you weekends off!)  That’s only 7 minutes a day, but the payoff is huge!

We encourage you to keep this bookmark handy (Download reading plan here) in your Bible as a reminder, and to check off the days you have read.  And as you read, ask God to reveal His everyday wisdom to you more and more. 

It would add to the experience if you have a journal handy, to write down your observations and thoughts as you read.  We’re going to be sharing our reflections (and some of yours) on our website.  Are you in?  Great, let’s walk through this together!  (All messages online here:)

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As many of you are aware, Gardom Lake Bible Camp broke ground in June 2014 for a much needed expansion project which will double the size of the current Lodge, allowing for a new kitchen and chapel.  The expansion will mean Gardom Lake can feed as many as it can sleeps, 250, as well as be able to have everybody in one space for worship / teaching / large group gatherings.

Every summer, Gardom Lake welcomes 1,200 plus campers, many of them from a non-Christian background.  And every summer, hundreds come to know Jesus and many more grow deeper in their walk with him.  The ministry also welcomes guests throughout the year for various retreats and gatherings. 

KGF supports Gardom Lake’s ministry as one of our six key missions partners.  And this August, we are going to invite you to give generously so the camp can have the money needed to put the roof on this expansion.  Our goal is an ambitious one, the largest campaign we have ever undertaken.  But we believe the KGF family can do it if we pull together.  For Gardom Lake’s 40th year, and for this important building project, we are looking to raise $40,000!  That seems overwhelming, but the history of this church family seems to suggest otherwise.  (Video with Pastor Mike & Gardom Lake's Director Rikk Kieft here)

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Thursday, 03 July 2014 21:35

Summer of Wisdom @ KGF! Starts July 6th


Join us for a new 9 week summer series entitled "Everyday Wisdom" based on the amazing book of Proverbs. If you could use God's direction on your life, you'll benefit from this series. Sundays starting July 6th, 9am and 11am, and online here.  

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IMPACT  (KGF 60+ ministry) GARDEN PARTY on 8TH JULY 2014
10:00am to 12:30pm at the home of Mel & Val Newth 474 Okaview Road, Upper Mission, Kelowna

Devonshire Tea on the Patio. . . Stroll through their garden. . . Time to talk and fellowship with one another. . . Bring your lawn chair.  Invite a friend

Suggest you carpool with other friends who are coming.

More Information?  Contact Mel & Val,  (250) 764-2114

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We're going back to school this summer @ KGF to study and apply God's Wisdom for our lives!  Thanks Shari Laurie for this beautiful visual!

Join us starting Sunday July 6th, 9am & 11am (and online) for 9 weeks in Proverbs.  Yes, there will be homework, but the payoff will be amazing!  See you here.  

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Wednesday, 02 July 2014 15:02

Fun in the Sun Summer 2014 Event Calendar

This Friday is the first of many "Fun in the Sun" get-togethers for anyone who would like to enjoy the beaches and parks of Kelowna this summer, among friends! See the full summer schedule here.

Stay tuned for more exciting "Life Group" opportunities led by great people of KGF all summer long!

Bethany Schmaling - Kids Ministries Director

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Kevin Thiessen - July 2014I am excited and thankful to have an opportunity to be a Cabin Leader at Gardom Lake Bible Camp this summer. I've done it once before back in high-school at the camp I grew up going to as a kid. I've always wanted to do it again. It was a memorable and worthwhile experience the likes of which I am always craving more of.

However, I ended up being one of the blessed few young people who get themselves into a stable career right after high-school and I never again found myself with a summer free to spend in that way. So here I am over a decade later with a great reason to count my current work layoff as a blessing. I'm getting to do some of the things a person never makes time for in the natural flow of things. I'm certain God has given me this disruption with a purpose in mind and I look forward to watching it play out.

I'll be at Gardom Lake for two weeks, July 6-19. Please pray with me that God would be present in me and moving through me. May the Holy Spirit give me the words and the insights to make a difference in the lives of the kids and the other staff. May I be an example of the character of God lived out in the simple practical ways which I know can change people's lives.

More about Gardom Lake online, www.gardomlake.ca 

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There were so many great stories coming out of our series, “Center Point”, and this one had to deal with the massive “wagon wheel” prop that represented the importance of having your center right.  Thanks Frank for sharing!

Wheel Maker StatueHere is the small statuette symbolizing our family 'emblem'. It was difficult to photograph, the wheel maker is camera shy. As you probably know, during the Spanish occupation of Holland, first names were no longer tolerated by the authorities and names were associated with one's vocation at the time for these Huguenots.

If the axle was off-center or unbalanced the wheel would shake to pieces a lot sooner than a truly centered wheel.


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I received this from one of our parents, and asked permission to share it anonymously with you, because it's so good!  If you're interested in camp this summer, go for it!  More online, www.gardomlake.ca  Pastor Mike.  

IMG 9441Huge thanks for having the leaders from Gardom Lake Bible Camp on stage @ KGF on Sunday June 22nd.  Our younger son (6) watched and took it all in.  Then he asked to go to camp.  He has had such exponential growth! 

“Mr. Shy” knew some other kids from church but didn't know anyone in his cabin and said it didn't matter.  He made new friends.  He showed me where he went kayaking, where he swam to both docks, where he made crafts, where the turtle was.  He gave a spontaneous wrap-around hug to both his cabin leaders (am baking cookies and will pray them on for the summer!  Beautiful young men!)

We gave him a new Bible before camp started and he took it to camp.  He showed the cabin leaders and had them read his favorite passage

He wanted to say thank you as he said he didn't even know about camp.

Thank you from our little family!

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Worship music, testimonies & the Gospel of Jesus filled City Park on Sunday June 29th during KGF's third annual KGF ONE Celebration. It was amazing to see 600 people gather to lift up the name of Jesus in such a public environment. Thanks to everyone who made this day possible, and for those who shared in tech, worship, testimonies, setup / take down, bounce houses, face painting, and prayer. Wow, what a team, what a day, what a testimony that Jesus is alive and well and on the move!

More Photos here:

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