Kent is the oldest son of three boys and was raised on an irrigation farm in southern Alberta. Brenda is the youngest of six and was raised on a dryland farm in southern Saskatchewan. In 1980, Kent moved to Medicine Hat to begin a new job and met Brenda when he opened up a bank account at the bank where she was employed. After a brief courtship, they were married in October of 1981.
Early in 1995, God confirmed a call on their lives to serve in missions. They became Wycliffe Canada members later that year. In August 1996, the Royers moved to Cameroon, where they began their first assignment serving at the African Orientation Course (AOC). Initially they provided administrative support to the AOC staff and learned what it meant to live and thrive in Africa. They soon learned to love Africa, especially working alongside their African co-workers.
After their first term in Cameroon, Kent and Brenda were asked to take on the directorship of AOC. They often say they had the best jobs in all of Cameroon, because they not only got to work alongside so many quality people who were beginning their careers in missions, but they also loved the African team that worked alongside them. They enjoyed the many opportunities to travel and meet Cameroonians from all parts of that diverse country.
Kent and Brenda have three adult children and three grandkids. Tellisa and her husband Jim live in Medicine Hat, Alta., where they are raising Elias, Liana and Jaine to know and follow Jesus. Curtis and his wife Karla live in Rocky Mountain House, Alta., where Curt works as an emergency medical technician and Karla works and teaches as a seamstress. Landon is married to Katelyn and they reside in Langley, B.C., where Landon is a manager of a men’s clothing store and Katelyn teaches elementary school.
Currently, Kent and Brenda work at the Canada Institute of Linguistics (CanIL) on the Trinity Western University (TWU) campus. CanIL is the linguistics department of TWU as well as the training arm of Wycliffe Bible Translators and other Bible translation organizations. Kent serves as director of finance and operations, while Brenda serves as donor relations manager and spends a good part of her time with community life activities. Again, they say they have the best jobs—working alongside young adults whom God has called to serve the remaining language communities around the world that are still waiting for God’s Word in their own language.