BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PEF
The Pentecostal European Fellowship (PEF) was formed in 1987 during the Pentecostal European Conference (PEC) in Lisbon (Portugal) as a merge of two streams:
1) The EPF (European Pentecostal Fellowship), which had been launched in 1966 in Rome (Italy), developing into an annual fraternal gathering of Pentecostal leaders across Europe, under the chairmanship of the late Rev. Eric Dando (United Kingdom), later succeeded by Rev. Reinhold Ulonska (Germany).
2) The PEC (Pentecostal European Conference), which had begun in 1969 in Nyhem (Sweden), as an initiative of Pastor Lewi Pethrus (Sweden), who appointed Rev. Jacob Zopfi (Switzerland) as the chairman of PEC, a triennial conference held in numerous European cities since then.
The Board of PEF is called the Presidium, and every three years the General Assembly elects its Chairman and officers and appoints its regional representatives.
In 2005, the PEF adopted a Constitution and received legal recognition in Belgium as an international non-profit association. In the same year PEF opened its head office in the Brussels area, with Rev. Daniel Costanza (Belgium) serving as a full-time Coordinator and as Executive Director of PEF since 2013.
Over the last decade, in light of Europe’s great spiritual needs, PEF has strengthened its evangelistic efforts by mobilizing young people around Europe for city-wide outreaches in the capitals/major cities of Europe. After Helsinki (2000) and Berlin (2003), IMPACT outreaches have taken place in Brussels (2006), Oslo (2007), Madrid (2008), Vienna (2009), Stockholm (2010), Budapest (2011), Luxembourg (2012),Palermo (2013), Bratislava (2014), Lugano (2015), and Skopje (2016).
1987-2001: Rev. Jacob Zopfi (Switzerland)
2001-2013: Pastor Ingolf Ellssel (Germany)
2013-2016: Dr. Arto Hämäläinen (Finland)
2016 – : Rev. Pelle Hörnmark (Sweden)