Originally from Danville, Indiana, Anne Baenziger grew up in the church, going through the motions until God took hold of her heart during a hard time in her life at the age of 16. She became dependent on him and realized her need for his grace, love, and mercy. Anne attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where her faith was stretched, tried, and challenged through small groups, chapel services, classes, and a semester spent in London, England. Jesus showed her, and still is showing her, what true salvation and redemption look like. She learned to trust God, and he conditioned her heart for the nations as she was involved in ministries and missional groups during her college years while earning an undergraduate history degree and ministry minor. God has called Anne to overseas missions, especially through her passion for Europe’s church history in light of its secularization and religious legalism. God is calling her to Ireland specifically, in this season of her life, to be a part of the Irish community, build relationships and assist in church plants, all in an effort to love others into God’s great kingdom!
Anne currently serves in two roles. One with Innovista Ireland where she coordinates and facilitates a leadership programme called RISE with teenagers in secondary schools to equip them to become a source of hope in their inner city Dublin communities. Anne also helps with communications and other bits for Innovista. Anne’s other role is with a project called Breathe. Breathe is a small group of people asking the question of 'where is God at work here and how can we join in?' Anne serves on the leadership team of Breathe helping to facilitate prayer meetings, monthly gatherings, discipleship, and pastoral care. Breathe is associated with the Methodist Church in Ireland through their Home Mission Department and the YMCA in Dublin city centre.