The Stark Family

Corey and Meredith Stark

Corey Stark is the Director of Short-Term Training Programs and a Senior Leader at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, where he resides with his wife Meredith and daughters Samantha and Justice. The Starks' life vision is to be "burning and shining lamps", having hearts that are fully alive in the love of God. Their life mission is to awaken hearts to the revelation of Jesus Christ. They desire to call forth and equip a generation of forerunner messengers to prepare the way of the Lord through bold proclamation, combined with a lifestyle of unceasing prayer, fasting, deep commitment to the Word of God and radical allegiance to the Jesus of the bible!

Raising Up Burning and Shining Lamps!

John the Baptist was described by Jesus as a "burning and shining lamp" (Jn. 5:35) who was the greatest man born of a woman (Mt. 11:11). He was meant to be a model, revealing what God desires in the heart, radical dedication and uncompromising lifestyle of His messengers. John described himself as a friend of the Bridegroom (Jn. 3:29), who was sent as a prophetic voice, anointed with the spirit and power of Elijah (Lk. 1:17) to prepare the way of the Lord (Isa. 40), and make ready a people to receive Jesus at His first coming (Mt. 3:3). Today, God is raising up many messengers all over the world, who like John, are called to be burning and shining lamps that give understanding and prepare the nations to respond in wholehearted love to Jesus at His second coming (Dan. 11:32). 

In the bible, a persons "lamp" speaks of the ministry assignment that God has entrusted to them in order to bring the light of His truth to others (Mt. 25:1-12; Lk. 12:35). The "burning fire" reveals the active, present-tense, first commandment love for God that burns like a fiery seal upon the heart (Song 8:6), while the "shining light" describes the good works done for others that effortlessly flows from a burning heart of fire that is alive in the love of God (Mt. 5:14-16).

We Invite You to Partner with Us

As a forerunner family, we desire to work with others in the Body of Christ, both locally and abroad, to build the church (Mt. 16:18) and engage in the great commission (Mt. 28:18-20), while preparing the nations to receive Jesus at His second coming. Our assignment includes:

1. Proclamation of the Word of God.

2. Impartation of the gifts and ministry of the Holy Spirit.

3. Activation of the saints in their specific work of ministry through practical hands-on training.

When you partner with us through your friendship, prayer and financial giving, both the sender (you) and the sent (us), reap a harvest together.

Together we can accomplish great things for the Kingdom of God and His glory!