Saturday, February 15, 2020
My name is Marc Brannan, and I am getting the honor to marry the amazing Lexi Mendl. I am so grateful my mother introduced me to Remnant Fellowship Church, and I also owe a huge thank you to everyone here who has helped me to build a relationship with God. You all have been such an example for me to look up to, you have helped me get through hard times, and you have come to me with such loving words to keep me on the right track whenever I was discouraged.
I grew up in church, but as I got older, my beliefs started fading away, as was clear from my actions throughout high school. I thought I had it all…but I was just going for a feeling to fulfill my heart. Everything came into play—from pride, leading people down the wrong path, overdrinking, drugs, and basically, just not being pure. I was also very into sports and had always wanted to play at the college level, but an injury took that chance away from me. However, I do not regret that injury and would not change a single thing that happened, because it played a crucial part in my visiting this Church. My mother was interested in visiting Remnant Fellowship and was looking for someone to come along with her on her trip. I was wearing a sling and was out of school because of shoulder surgery, so I thought I would check out Nashville while she visited the Church. I am so glad I came. What immediately stood out about this place compared to everywhere I have been before is the love, the guidance, the passion, the pursuit, the will to put God above all, the fight for God, and the peace it brings. It has taught me God is above everything and taught me that you CAN separate yourself from the world, you CAN live out being a true Christian, you CAN have fun being selfless, you CAN turn everything in life around to be about pleasing God, and most importantly, you CAN make it to Heaven following this Truth that we get the opportunity to hear every week.
Every moment spent with Lexi has been so peaceful and SO FUN! From being with our families, singing in the car, traveling, and serving the Church, there is not a single moment my heart is not completely grateful that I get to live the rest of my life with her right by my side. She is such an upright, selfless, loving, and God-fearing woman.– Marc
While growing my love for God and developing a true relationship with Him first, He presented me with the best blessing of my life: Lexi Mendl. We first met at a Remnant event—it was a cold February wedding, and at the prompting of a good friend, I went over to Lexi and introduced myself, offering her my jacket to help her keep warm. We then went to fellowship with some other youth afterwards, and we have never stopped hanging out. Every moment spent with Lexi has been so peaceful and SO FUN! From being with our families, singing in the car, traveling, and serving the Church, there is not a single moment my heart is not completely grateful that I get to live the rest of my life with her right by my side. She is such an upright, selfless, loving, and God-fearing woman. I value Lexi’s relationship with God, and I can’t wait to see what He does in our marriage.
I am so thankful for my family, friends, leadership, this message—and most of all God—showing me outstanding love, forgiveness, guidance, and passion for this Truth. I know I am so undeserving of marrying into the Mendl family and receiving the love I have from everyone. I can’t wait for the future, walking this out, and not taking one second of this amazing life for granted!
My name is Alexis Mendl. I am 23 years old, and I have had the amazing honor of being able to grow up in this message of love for God first. I am forever thankful for Remnant Fellowship Church, Gwen Shamblin Lara, this body of believers, and my parents Rick and Jenni Mendl, for raising me, guiding me, and fighting for me to have this personal relationship with our Almighty God.
My parents joined Remnant Fellowship in 1999 when I was 2 and a half years old.
My mother, Jenni Mendl, had been doing Weigh Down since 1996 and KNEW that Gwen’s message was not only healing her from her excess weight, but was helping heal her life in every area. I am forever grateful that my parents joined Remnant in the very beginning, and I am thankful to them and the rest of the original members for how hard they fought alongside Gwen in the early days of the Church. Their passion and devotion birthed such an appreciation and deep love for this place within my heart, and it makes me want to get up every day and defend the decisions of God and defend the walls of this Church.
However, despite all that I was seeing each day, my relationship with God actually became very stagnant in my high school years. I put on extra weight, I was anti-authority, and I wanted the praise of man over God’s amazingly peaceful approval. I had grown comfortable and complacent, thinking that I had “been in the message this long, I am safe and secure.” After God saw fit to humble me in my college years, I quickly learned that God had not been the #1 focus and love in my life. God allowed me to be humbled, deeply convicted, and filled with a desire to change. I was so blessed by the guidance and love of my parents, church leaders, and friends such as Elizabeth Hannah, Jessica Walters, Jennifer Martin, and Gwen Shamblin Lara to help me along the way. Without their love and help, I would not be here today, and I would not have the honor of marrying Marc Logan Brannan.
Marc is absolutely incredible. His rapid change blew me out of the water. As someone who has been raised in this message, and for a period of time, had taken it for granted, to see Marc dive in headfirst and RUN with this was humbling and convicting. I strive to run this race for Heaven at the pace that he does. – Lexi
I flipped my focus through this time of humbling—I got back on track with my weight and loved getting under authority and devoting my time to serving the Kingdom. God quickly came back in and blessed me with the most FUN major and career. I am a paralegal, and God has given me the perfect opportunity to use the gifts HE has provided, as I am able to help many brides and their families on their wedding days with the legal paperwork, and it has been so fun!
It was actually at a wedding in February of 2019 that I not only had the chance to help one of these amazing couples with the needs of the day, but I met Marc for the first time. His kindness and humble nature convicted me from our first interaction.
Marc is absolutely incredible. His rapid change blew me out of the water. As someone who has been raised in this message, and for a period of time had taken it for granted, to see Marc dive in headfirst and RUN with this Truth was humbling and convicting. I strive to run this race for Heaven at the pace that he does! He never stops looking inward. He never stops doing the right thing. He is not one to hide out when conviction comes, and He is humble enough to own his mistakes. I pray to be like him in this. I am absolutely in love with this man.
Marc proposed to me in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in October of 2019. God truly outdid Himself that day with the beautiful water, the clear sky, and the pristine beach. We were taking what I thought was a walk before dinner with our parents and two of our dear friends, when I turned around to see why everyone was so much further behind us. I noticed that everyone had their phones out filming us, and when I looked back to Marc, he held me and told me how much he loved me and how much he looked forward to growing closer to God together, and he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. That was the easiest “YES!” I have ever said in my life! I am so thankful for this Church and our families, and MOST importantly, for GOD ALMIGHTY for bringing us together. I am so excited to see what God does with our marriage as we continue to remain willing vessels for His spirit and His will!