Kirby de Lanerolle and Fiona
Founders of WOW Life Church
Kirby de Lanerolle and Fiona started WOW LIFE (WOW aka “Works of Wonder”) in response to the wondrous works of God in a community of believers.
Kirby de Lanerolle and Fiona’s lives are exactly that…Kirby’s grandfather was a Methodist priest and parents business people who were charismatic church planters. Kirby was very close to his grandfather who encouraged him to lay hands and pray for healing from the age of 7.
Kirby de Lanerolle is currently 43 years old and has walked in influence and impacted both the government and corporate world. At 22 Kirby founded Ambassador Tea, a tea export and packaging company that won the medium scale export award for value addition. Kirby was a partner and instrumental in setting up the $25 million “state of the art” Alokozay Tea plant in Jebel Ali, UAE in 2003. They also partner and own a large food fish farm in Sri Lanka pioneering the hatching of sea bass for the first time in commercial quantities.
Kirby was one of the youngest to hold an official government position that had to be ratified by the cabinet of ministers. He was involved as the youngest Executive Advisor to a Cabinet Minister when he was just 28 years old and served on the Board of the National Aquaculture Development Agency (NAQDA) and was the National Project Coordinator for Aquaculture Development for the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Kirby was also the Adviser for the cabinet minister of special projects and is an all island justice of peace.
In 2011 Kirby together with his wife Fiona founded the Warehouse Project, an NGO that serves urban community development needs. The Warehouse Project became a model and inspiration for people of all walks to do what they can to get involved and serve their community. It facilitated creative solutions for urban community problems through music, arts, entrepreneurship and mirco-financing and ensured that all those in need were serviced regardless of race, religion or creed.
Their dedicated service earned them the respect of leaders and other religious organisations who honored the heart of reconciliation that was administered by the project initiative to bridge religious and racial gaps. Kirby was later awarded a national accolade by the Buddhist prelates as “Deshaabimana” for his service, a title rarely given to Christians.
The Minister of Social Services subsequently appointed Kirby as the Executive Advisor to the Ministry of Social Services. Whilst serving under the Ministry of Social Services Kirby conceptualised, initiated and saw the materialisation of the establishment of the National Volunteering Secretariat funded by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) – which he later became Working Director of. He also served as a member on the National Council for Persons with Disabilities appointed by the President of Sri Lanka. In 2012 Kirby was instrumental in envisioning and setting up the “V Awards” – the most prestigious national award for volunteering and was Co-Chair of the National Volunteering Steering Committee. On launch of the program Kirby was honored as the Chief Adjudicator for the V Awards for 2 consecutive years.
Excelling also in the field of sports, Kirby is a Gold medalist at the Junior National Level Championship for Rifle Shooting in 1995 and has won medals for Boxing, including Gold at provincial level and Bronze at the 2005 National Sports Festival. He did this at the ripe old age of 33 🙂
In 2012, through the revelation that “man shall not live on bread alone…” he accomplished the seemingly impossible feat of completing a half marathon without eating for 2 months, sustained only by the holy communion. This feat was featured in the local media. The power of the lords communion was demonstrated through signs and wonders.
Kirby has been appointed by the INA diocese (Indian National Apostolic Diocese) as the chief overseer for the Sri Lankan chapter, the Apostolic Diocese of Ceylon. He has been nominated for the Bishopric office in 2015. INA Diocese is the largest and only government sanctioned Diocese for independent churches with over 11,000 churches in India.
The WOW LIFE video/podcast has over 270,000 downloads to date. They have been hosted and ministered along side Prophet Kobus van Rensburg, Patricia King, Prophet Undi Williams and Joshua Mills.
These forerunners have been featured on NatGeo and TedX and many other media channels for their unique ministry. They have influence beyond the church, even into the new age world as well as corporate and government world.
They minister in the prophetic and teaching office with forensic prophecies, healing, unusual signs & wonders confirming the Word!
Rev. Dr. Kirby currently holds the position of Coordinator to the Ministry of Christian Religious Affairs for free and independent churches in Sri Lanka.