Lisa & Michael Dimmitt moved from Los Angeles to Berlin in June 2017 to join a praying and worshiping community at Gnadenhaus (mercy house). Through prayer and worship, the team is seeking new ways to come alongside the church in the city as well as hosting outreach teams that come to the dorms in the house--including teams from YWAM and European Initiative and other friends of the house.
Lisa is a church and conference worship leader, songwriter, teacher and mobilizer in the body of Christ Internationally. She has lived in Switzerland, South Africa, Germany and England--ministering in over 20 nations through Youth With A Mission. Lisa was with YWAM for 21 years and has recently moved to the Los Angeles area in order to explore opportunities to serve and come alongside local churches and communities. She is currently with Mission Enablers International and the director of the Burn 24-7 San Pedro and South Bay. Lisa met Michael Lee Dimmitt at the start of the Burn in November 20, 2015 and eventually married Michael on September 3, 2016. He has been a part of helping run the Burn since it started
Michaelbrings over 30 years of experience in worship ministry and walking with Jesus his whole adult life, serving on teams, pastoring for a short time as an associate in a church plant, and a rich history of coming alongside the church in every aspect of service.
Lisa's passion is in seeing the body of Christ come together in unity while helping people hear the voice of God and find their place in the body. She loves worship and the presence of God as well as training people in God's ways. Michael is passionate about people and has a pastoral heart. He has always loved music and his first major in university was music and missions--something he is excited to finally pursue in his 50's.
Lisa was born in San Jose, California to parents who were born in Guatemala and Mexico. Through her family and experiences she has come to love cultural diversity, especially after living in London, England as a teenager, traveling to 25 countries by the time she was 16-years-old. Though she has a background in going to church as a toddler, she did't come to know Christ personally until she was in her late teens. Her first missions trips to Mexico helped give her a heart for the nations and as an outreach worship leader in Argentina in her early 20's, she began to see how worship can bring
Michael was born in the Seattle, Washington area but spent a lot of time moving around--especially as an adult in the Idaho and Montana area although he finally settled in California in 1999. He has a particular good apptitude with his hands and anything mechanical and started his own roofing business when he was living in Northern Idaho. He is new to full time ministry and in June embarks on his first missionary adventure.
Lisa's Experience and expertise:
Lisa joined YWAM in 1994 after receiving her B.A. in Journalism in 1992 and working the field two years. She quickly realized she would never be happy outside of her calling to reach the nations for Jesus. Two prayers propelled her early in Christian life "Be glorified on the earth, Lord!" and "Make me radical for you!"
Her first five years in YWAM, Lisa staffed and led schools of worship in Hawaii and Los Angeles from 1995-2000. She learned a lot about leading worship cross-culturally as well as serving faithfully in every aspect of training and management. She initiated the first ever training for staff and re-vamped the School of Worship curriculum during her years in Hawaii.
From 2000, Lisa shifted her focus to Europe where she was based in Germany and traveled around the continent of Africa for a prayer tour initiated by the International Prayer Centre for YWAM. Her understanding of how to pray in faith was significantly enriched during this time.
Lisa's goal was always to lead worship in multi-cultural settings so she began learning German and French during her time in Europe and began to lead worship in YWAM conferences and around Germany in conference settings. Lisa staffed and led discipleship schools in Lausanne, Switzerland from 2001-2005 and then moved to Berlin, Germany in 2006 where she focused more on weekly outreach and evangelism and discipleship of young people in the city. She also hosted outreach teams and started traveling Internationally, teaching in Discipleship and worship schools in Norway, other parts of Germany, Sweden and Hungary.
In 2010 Lisa moved to the UK where she joined YWAM in York, England. Within two years, she was established in the city and began several ministries including a prophetic ministry (www.belfrey.org), monthly trainings called The Gathering at St. Cuthbert's house of prayer which she also helped to pioneer. Lisa also pioneered the Burn 24-7 worship and prayer movement in York which gathers churches across the city in unity. You can read some of her featured blogs HERE.