About

Meet pastors Arlan & Barbro

Arlan Askew was called of the Lord to minister to the nations and plant local churches. He was a Bible student at Seattle Bible School in Seattle, Washington when he met his wife, Barbro, who was a recent immigrant from Sweden.
Arlan and Barbro were married in 1967 and Arlan continued his schooling at Portland Bible College in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from Bible College, Arlan was a teacher at Portland Bible College for seven years, after which time he and his family moved to Bend, Oregon with a church planting team to plant a non-denominational church.
Arlan and Barbro lived with their children in Bend for 10 years. During that time, they became affiliated with the Vineyard movement and John Wimber. Arlan began accompanying John Wimber and others in the Vineyard on ministry teams to numerous countries around the world. The focus of the ministry was on training leaders and lay Christians to do the works of Jesus with a strong emphasis on bringing God's people into an experience of the love of the Father and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Arlan and his wife Barbro have been pastoring the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Westside in Portland, Oregon since 1990. Since the renewal (the visitation of the Holy Spirit manifesting the power, glory, and love of God, pouring out of Toronto, Canada) broke out in early 1994, God has used them to spread the fire in their own city and in other countries around the world including Brazil, Mexico, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Estonia, and Mozambique. They have a passion to see the church filled with God's love and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Arlan and Barbro have raised six children, 4 boys and 2 girls, and now have several grandchildren.