Len and Linda Buttner
Len was born in East London, South Africa and in June 1997 migrated to New Zealand with his wife Linda and their two daughters, after receiving a prophetic call from the Lord. Len had been a Senior Director of a Textile Company, where he worked for 20 years. In South Africa Len served as an elder with a large New Testament Church called East London Christian Centre.
“Len served the church …in a distinguished and wise way as an Elder. Apart from the above Len was involved in ministry with our apostolic team planting churches and ministered with great sensitivity.
The church has a ministry called “Healing the Sick” where people from all walks of life come to bring the sick to be prayed for. Len led a team and ministered very effectively in the gifts, deliverance and healing. The church ran “Project Dignity” which was a self-help, teaching and training facility for under-privilege people. Len served as a Trustee on the committee.
The Church ran a “School of Prophecy and Worship” in which Len played an integral part in working with the apostolic team in developing the school in the two main trusts, training and practical.
The School is based upon the biblical “school of the prophets” linked with God’s promise to restore the Tabernacle of David to the church and the Nations.
Len was one of the teachers at the Bible School which was part of the “Sharpened to Serve” Diploma Course at the Church. At the school we saw Len’s gifting in the prophetic anointing mature with proven insight into the lives of the students and the congregation. Len has a heart for the church to be established in the prophetic and to teach the Body of Christ to hear the Shepherd’s voice and to have a love relationship with the Lord as the Bride of Christ.”
Chris Venter Senior Minister
Since arriving in NZ Len has been a part of Elim Christian Centre, Auckland and also serves as board members and part of the oversight of several ministries in and around Auckland. In March 2005 Len stepped out in faith and resigned from full-time employment as Managing Director of a textile Company in Auckland to pursue his Calling in God. In January 2007 Len and Linda felt there was a new season in their ministry and founded Eagle Ascend Ministries, an itinerant prophetic ministry with a mandate to equip, empower and encourage the church to fulfill their God-given destiny through their gifts and callings.
Len and Linda have been married for 40 years and have two married daughters with 4 beautiful grandchildren.