Anthony and Lea Edgmon work in the town of Alpedrete, a town that has more than doubled in population in the last decade. When the Edgmons and Johnsons began their work, no evangelical church of any kind existed. That is no longer the case. The Alpedrete Church is growing.
The Alpedrete team opened an Outreach Center in December 2005, beginning with activities for children, women, and families. The Outreach Center served Alpedrete and helped strengthen ties to the community during its ten years of existence. The Alpedrete Church continues its community involvement through drama and music presentations, ministry in a nursing home, and working alongside local social services.
The first regular worship service was held on Sunday, February 5, 2006. Since then, a vibrant congregation with a desire to reach others with the gospel has grown in Alpedrete. The church seeks to reach out to friends and neighbors in the community but also has been very involved in giving to send the gospel around the world. The Edgmons are currently working to train leaders in the church and prepare them for their role as part of a church-planting movement in the country of Spain.
Anthony was saved at the age of five and baptized in 1976 in Pine Bluff, Ark. Through the influence of his mother, who is very missions-minded, Anthony developed a burden for missions. He answered the call to missions while a student at Welch College in Nashville, Tennessee.
Lea was led to the Lord by her children’s church teacher. She answered the call to missionary service during her sophomore year at Welch College.
Since his graduation from Welch College in 1994, Anthony has served as associate pastor at Calvary Chapel FWB Church in Hollywood, Fla. He served as a student missionary to Panama during the summer of 1994. He was also active in music at Welch, including four years on the Rejoice ministry team.
Lea graduated from Welch College in 1996 with a degree in Elementary Education and Missions. She has been active in children’s ministries for several years and was part of the Go and Be Team that traveled to Côte d’Ivoire in 1993.
The Edgmons were appointed as career missionaries to Spain in April 1997. They arrived on the field in October of 1998. Following language study, they worked in the areas of teaching and preaching in the Villalba work.
Anthony and Lea have two children: Emily Hope, born August 9, and Marc Andrew, born April 7.
Anthony—Cross Timbers FWB Church, Nashville, Tennessee
Lea—Lyon Park Fellowship, Arlington, Virginia
Updated December 14, 2017
- Pray for Anthony and Lea as they train and equip local believers to reach others with the gospel.
- Pray that hearts would be receptive to the Gospel in this society that increasingly rejects God.
- Pray for efforts to plant churches among the 10 million people who live in towns where there is no Gospel witness.
- Pray for Anthony and Lea as well as Tim and Kristi Johnson as they work with the Alpedrete Church to train leaders and lead the church in planting a new work.
- Pray for Anthony and Lea as they parent Emily and Marc in this cultural context.
- Pray for the small federation of Free Will Baptist Churches in Spain. We need more leaders in each work – Alpedrete, Galapagar (formerly Villalba) and Alcalá de Henares.