Brenda Montoya was born on July 8, 1984 to Ana and Jose Montoya in Dallas, TX. Montoya is of Mexican descent. She grew up in Texas with her four brothers and sister Alicia Montoya. She was a very bright child and excelled in many areas in school including Mathematics and Literacy. At the age of 6, she learned how to read and write Spanish and English leading her to have a strong desire to be a teacher at a very young age. However, she soon realized she had an even greater desire to help the needy. Montoya described her life changing experience at the age of 7 when she saw an infomercial about an African child who was in poverty and she found herself sobbing, feeling the need to adopt him. It was then that she realized she had a love for people.
HER CALLING INTO MINISTRY
Montoya was raised a Catholic and was a very devout child. However through the years, she became very lenient in attending church. As a teenager she was peer pressured by her friends to do things she would normally not do. She began to have a rebellious attitude towards her teachers and parents at home. But upon seeing how much peer pressure could potentially harm her, she quickly decided to stay away from her friends. High school became a better learning environment for her where she was able to improve her grades and be a better student. Upon graduation, Montoya left to North Lake College to complete her basic studies. There, struggling to find her career she was left with a sense of emptiness. Coincidentally, she met a young Christian girl at her college that changed her perspective in life. Her curiosity for God began to grow and her sense to find her calling became even greater. She was motivated to not give up in life. At the age of 20 she had a set back in her relationship with her boyfriend who did not correspond to her love. Montoya was left depressed and empty. She learned that her relationship was going no where and through a dream saw that she would be miserable with him. Soon after she broke up her relationship and believed that she had a greater purpose to fulfill in life. In search of a career and a fulfilling life, she attended a Christian service where she gave her life to Jesus. Her conversion took place in March of 2006 and then later on that year while in Bible School she got baptized.
PRAYER AND INTERCESSION
While a student at Christ for the Nations, Montoya prayed every morning for her loved ones and for her school. She continued to pray and intercede when the Gordon Lindsey House of Prayer was opened at her school. As an overseer of the house of prayer, she experienced healing and revival in her life. Many times she felt the anointing to liberate students from bondages and to bring healing to their bodies. She also believed God for a great awakening that would come to Dallas.
RESSURRECCION Y VIDA
At the age of 22 she became a youth leader at Resurreccion y Vida where she began to preach and teach Sunday School to teens and young adults. She would also preach to the congregation occasionally. Brenda Montoya was known for her fervent prayers and prophetic intercession in her local church and everywhere she prayed. She had a great desire to see young people have a relationship with Jesus and be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
MUNDO DE FE
At the age of 25, she began her leadership position at Mundo de Fe with a lot of enthusiasm and love for her students. She was a youth leader of a small group of 6th grade girls where she ministered, and she also taught Sunday School to 4th and 5th graders. While at Mundo de Fe, Montoya went to IHOP Atlanta where she completed a three month internship under Hazen Stephens’ leadership. He helped her learn and practice the different gifts of the Holy Spirit. While the young intercessors would pray in the night hours of midnight to 6 AM, they would experience the supernatural. Montoya was known for her prophetic prayers that were anointed by the Holy Spirit. During their Summer Teen Camp, she prayed and believed God for the outpouring of his spirit. Montoya prophesied to the teens and healed many. She also anointed them with the gifts of the Holy Spirit and many testified of the miraculous. Montoya used this experience in her ministry to her students at Mundo de Fe. She later went to IHOP in Kansas City to be equipped to intercede in the local church and to move people to pray in their local churches. When she returned from Kansas City on August 2012, Montoya experienced healing in her 5th grade class. She instructed the children to lay hands on a child who was injured, and he got healed. Unfortunately, when reported to her youth pastor, he did not encourage the healing testimony to be known and thus leaving Montoya very discouraged of her healing ministry. Revival did not come through her like foretold in Dallas. The pastors of her church later then found out about Montoya’s prophetic gift, and used Montoya during their youth services to pray and prophecy. Montoya once prophesized to the congregation of 1,000 people. In the year 2013, she went on a long fast that tragically affected her health.
Montoya currently assists Iglesia Cristiana Emanuel. She also enjoys volunteering outside the church. She periodically volunteers at Ashford Hall Nursing Facility where she ministers and sings to the elderly with special needs. She is often deeply moved by their healing testimonies. She also helps feed the poor and needy at Salvation Army. Salvation Army has a very special place in her heart since they helped her and her family every Christmas when she was very young. Montoya described her experience at Salvation Army as one of the most fulfilling ministries she ever had. Another of her favorite places is Children’s Medical Center where she has volunteered in the past. She would play with the children who were ill and needed encouragement. Her love for children also encourages her to give to the mission field and to be a missionary to Mexico.