Mandy (Carpenter) Brown comes from a missionary family and is an “MK Squared.” Her grandparents, Mack and Bobbie Carpenter, served as missionaries for over 50 years in countries throughout Southern Africa. She also spent her childhood as an MK immersed in the culture, language, and ministry of her family’s work in Zimbabwe and Swaziland (now Eswantini). As most other third culture kids she learned at an early age to function as a member of two different societies and cultures.
As a young person, her family retired from the field and she spent her teen years in Madisonville, KY. She is thankful that through those years she was often able to travel with her father on short mission trips, and never wanted to miss an opportunity to do so. She even got to spend a summer between college semesters in South Africa working at the Bible School there.
Mandy attended Indiana Bible College from 2001 to 2003 where she met and became engaged to David Brown. Early in 2003, David moved to Rock Island, Illinois to plant a daughter work church. He and Mandy were married in December of 2003, at which time she joined him in his work in Rock Island. It has been fifteen years, and there is now a thriving multicultural and multi generational church in their city. They have two awesome kids, Jonathan (twelve) and Sophia (nine).
David has served as the Illinois District Youth president for the last three years. This position has given them even more opportunity to be involved in Global Missions through raising funds for SFC and as chaperones on multiple AYC trips (South Africa, Nicaragua, Zambia). These opportunities have solidified their love for and dedication to missions, as well as for equipping young people to succeed in the Kingdom of God!