Pastor Irene Idu was born in the Dutch Caribbean Island of Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles. She experienced salvation as a teenage and developed a fervent desire for missions. In pursuit of a highly promising medical career, she left her family and moved to The Netherlands.
Despite her top performance in school, and a government placement in the highly competitive Dutch medical school, she continued to feel a strong call into the ministry. She finally obeyed this call and decided to dedicate her life fully to the Lord’s service.
Shortly after this, it became clear to her that she was going to spend the rest of her life with Emmanuel, a young preacher she met in Tilburg, Netherlands.
They got married on August 29, 1998, and served as senior pastors of Winners Church International, Netherlands, for several years, before founding planting Destiny Church International, on her Island of Curaçao, and then moving on to live in India.
Today, she is her husband’s chief partner in the ministry, and a dedicated mother. Pastor Irene enjoys helping women develop their unique qualities, in the spirit of excellence, as works to help them fulfill their life's purposes.
In addition to speaking to, and mentoring women, she loves to challenge and educate youths, towards early maturity and maximum effectiveness in life. Her straight-to-the-point-, and call-it-by-the-name approach, together with a strong ministry anointing often results in deep conviction, strong motivation, insightful inspiration, and deliverances when she speaks.
She challenges the church to fear God, work with passion, know the Holy Spirit, and to pay the price for the High Calling.
Her heart of compassion led her to set up an orphanage in Rwanda, shortly after the heinous genocide in that country. She is the founder of Women of Destiny, a conference-driven network designed to empower women, through proven principles of the Bible. She has served on the mission field for several years.
Irene continues to mentor women in private, and to write, while working along with her husband to oversee the growing number of churches under their leadership.
Irene and her husband, Emmanuel, are blessed with two daughters, Caroline, and Darielle.