While in high school, Khris developed a love for missions and went on several mission trips to Mexico. He was hooked!
He was drawn to Southwestern Assemblies of God University and while there, he met Sheryl. They fell in love, got married in 1993, and both had a heart for the ministry. They worked in several capacities with youth, children, college & career, outreach and as an associate pastor.
They have two teens Hallie and Luke. Hallie loves to do all kinds of crafts, she enjoys reading and running. Not to mention her heart to serve others especially children. She excitedly took her first mission trip to Honduras in 2016. Luke, the typical boy, loves anything fishing, he enjoys roughhousing and sports especially baseball. His passion is fishing! Luke created Bassbrosdaily Luke and Josh YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmziRwde98IUaKNDCi8fPNw
Over the years, Khris continued to go on mission trips with different ministries in various countries. Both Khris and Sheryl traveled to Kenya, Africa in 2006 where they both fell deeper in love with missions and their hearts became intertwined with mission-minded people in Ohio. They quickly left Texas and moved to Ohio where they have been connected with Pastor, Kenneth Harbaum.
The Pennel’s went to Honduras in 2014, and worked with the missionary children who attended the Honduran Fellowship Mission Conference. They uncovered the realization that missionaries need help stateside, as well as overseas and desired to provide a home and be a hub to help.
After much prayer, discussion and recalling dreams, they decided to step into mission work. Thus, Hedge International Dayton was formed from a deeply embedded dream to serve others internationally and to be a part of missions here and abroad. In addition, Missionary Kids Crave was birthed and created to spread gifts of love to missionary kids who serve.
Our mission is much the same seeking, believing and praying for divine encounters, opportunities and divine appointments for the right fit to jump on board and see Shepherds Hook Inn come to fruition, much like a fine resort. Plus, develop a village for missionaries to live in.