Pastor Brenda Engelking's childhood family was devastated by the tragedy of losing her father in an accident before her birth. Plagued by that trauma, Brenda's family struggled with addiction, violence, and mental illness that left Brenda questioning God's character and love.
Stirred by those childhood experiences, Brenda's passion for victims was ignited in college by radical feminism. She championed many causes through activism in feminist issues, domestic violence, sexual assault, and pornography. Her work on behalf of these causes garnered many honors and awards.
But by the age of 25, Brenda realized that she could not solve life's problems on her own – Brenda was empty inside and needed a savior. Brenda encountered Jesus Christ and learned about the freedom that comes from accepting God's truth and discovered the power of taking personal responsibility for choices. This decision helped her break free from the lies she had believed about herself and to rest in the truth of who she was created to be in Christ Jesus -- a precious daughter of God!
Equipped with a BA in Criminal Justice and determined to help others move forward from a victim mentality, Brenda began her professional career working with victims of domestic violence, chemically dependent and homeless veterans, and by providing housing services to low-income and mentally ill persons. In 2004, Brenda moved to Central Minnesota where she worked with Anna Marie's Battered Women's Shelter, the Stearns County Felony Domestic Violence Court, and trained law enforcement in domestic violence issues. Now, as a credentialed minister through the Assemblies of God, Brenda serves as the Care Ministries Pastor at the Waters Church in Sartell, MN.
The combination of Brenda's life experiences, professional career, and spiritual calling, have created the foundation of BKE Ministries as a means to empower others to break free from a victim mentality, to understand and recognize the importance of one's own choices, and to become all that God created them to be.
ABOUT BKE MINISTRIES
BKE Ministries is a non-profit ministry empowering people to break free from a victim mentality by recognizing God's truth and understanding the importance of one's own choices in becoming all that God created them to be through teaching, consulting and mentoring.