Jackie Bonkoski has been a daughter of God since she was 13 years old. She is the wife of her wonderful husband Chris and mother of two little girls Arya (8 and Caitlin (4). She grew up in Southern California and graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a BA degree in Liberal Studies and a teaching credential. After teaching for four years in California and Mississippi she felt that she needed to step away from teaching for a time to reflect and the Lord impressed upon her heart that she was to join the United States Air Force. At 26 years old she was one of the oldest at boot camp but the Lord was faithful as she was faithful to Him in following His lead.
The five years she got to spend in the Air Force her and her family were beyond blessed. It was not all roses, but she was so thankful for that opportunity. She loved her job and the people she worked with as they were stationed in Germany, allowing them to travel the world. The Lord also used them in great ways to be able to witness to many Americans and Germans, helping lead their German Oma (Grandma) to Christ. While she was serving her country she was able to acquire her Masters in Curriculum and Teaching which has broadened her horizons as to how to lead children in the classroom, although she was waiting for clarity as to when she would be able to put her new knowledge to use. Her time in the Air Force came to a close when some medical issues arose for her and she was no longer able to serve, bringing her and her family back home to California in October of 2015.
Upon her return she dove into a Doctoral Certificate program for Educational Leadership, gaining invaluable knowledge on leading others in an educational setting. Furthermore, due to their time in Germany and their church that they served with there, as well as that of BBC of which they have been serving for the past year, the Lord has strongly impressed missions on the hearts of her and her family. Therefore, she has currently ventured into the Intercultural Studies program at Biola in order to learn more about reaching out to other cultures so that they can serve Christ wherever He may lead them. Currently, as the Lord has opened the doors for her to become the Children’s Ministry Director here at Brea Baptist Church, she feels blessed and honored that she can put the skills and knowledge of which the Lord has prepared her with to serve the children and families of BBC. She is looking forward to prayerfully leading this ministry and being of service to each of you.