Rev. Dr. R. Edgar Bonniwell
Dr. Ed Bonniwell is a native Virginian, was raised on the East Coast and is a graduate of: Asbury College, BA; Princeton Theological Seminary at Princeton University, M.Div. and Th.M.; and Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary, D. Min. and Th.D. Dr. Bonniwell is the founding Pastor of the Faith Christian Fellowship Church. In 1995 the Lord gave him a vision, leading to the formation of the Miami Valley Christian Academy in Newtown, Ohio. Dr. Bonniwell was also the visionary founder of Kingswell Theological Seminary, and served as Chancellor for eight years. He is a member of the Arlington Group, an association of national pro-family organizations. Dr. Bonniwell is also a contributor to the Global Pastor’s Network, having developed several courses for preaching which are sent via satellite television to over five and one-half million Third-world Pastors. His wife Faith is a graduate of Asbury College, and they have two adult children, Christy and Jonathan, who love and serve the Lord.
Pastor Bill Jenike
Associate Pastor/Administration (retired: Sept. 2012)
William F. Jenike, a native of Hillsboro, Ohio, is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, B.A., M.A. A founding Elder of Faith Christian Fellowship Church, his pastoral, preaching and teaching gifts led to his ordination in 1988. Until his retirement in September, 2012, Pastor Bill was the head of operations and administration for the church; he remains active in church ministry to present day. Pastor Bill was formerly in executive administration at The University of Cincinnati. Bill and his wife, Jewel, have four children and nine grandchildren.
Pastor Russ Coburn
Associate Pastor/Pastoral Care
Russ Coburn is a native of Dayton, Ohio and served in the Army Air Corp in World War II. He is a graduate of Indiana University. For many years he served as Treasurer of a large corporation, and for the last forty years (until his retirement) he has worked as a charter life insurance underwriter. Pastor Russ has served on many executive boards over the course of his career and serves as the Lay Pastor of the Faith Christian Fellowship Church. His wife Marilyn is a highly gifted musician and directs all special music at the church, as well as occasional special choirs. They have two adult children: their daughter Pam is an international opera star who now works as a professor of voice at DePaul University, and their son Carl is the managing partner of the public accounting firm Clark, Schaefer, Hackett & Co. Pastor Russ, ever the consummate athlete, has achieved the goal of National Champion in the sport of aerial tennis on various occasions. As an associate Pastor, he is involved in shepherding, hospital visiting, teaching and administration of the church. A vocalist himself, music is one of the great loves of his life. Pastor Russ is an avid reader and student of Scripture.
Pastor Rodney Dukes, Associate Pastor
Preaching & Teaching
Rodney Dukes was born in Louisville, Ky. and grew up in Atlanta, Ga. He is a graduate of Southeastern University, B.A., Theological Studies. He was awarded an honorary D.D. degree by American Bible College & Seminary based on his life and ministry accomplishments. Rodney began preaching and musical ministries regularly at age 15, and continued throughout high school and college. He was elected as senior pastor and began his lengthy pastoral career one week after college commencement and two weeks before his wedding. That forty-five year journey included serving four churches in three different states. He continued full time pastoral ministry until his retirement, and is still involved in ministry part-time.
In addition, Rodney is a gifted pianist/vocalist and has ministered extensively in and out of the USA. He has released a CD of worship music. In 2010 he became a part of the Faith Christian Fellowship Church family and desires to be a complement in promoting the ministries of FCFC under the leadership of Pastor Bonniwell. Rodney and his wife Lucy have been blessed with a wonderful family including two daughters, two sons-in-law and two awesome teen-aged grandchildren, Joel and Anna.
Pastor Justin Wilson
Justin Wilson was born and raised near Indianapolis, Indiana. He was an active member of an evangelical Quaker church where his father James served as pastor. At the age of thirteen Justin accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, thus beginning his life as a disciple. He was blessed with a Spirit-filled youth pastor who helped guide him to remain faithful during the challenges of the teenage years. Pastor Justin is a graduate of: Xavier University, B.S.Ed.; Miami University, M.A.T., Biological Sciences; and Trinity Theological Seminary, M.A., Pastoral Ministry. While at Xavier, Justin worked with campus ministry to provide spiritual outreach to college students. He is a teacher with the Princeton City School District, where he serves as a seventh and eighth grade science teacher.
In 2003 God called Justin to preach and teach the Gospel. Before joining Faith Christian Fellowship Church in 2007, Justin served as an associate minister at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Glendale. Through his diverse church and educational experiences he is constantly inspired by the many ways God expresses Himself. He believes in the gifts of the Spirit and understands there is great breadth and depth to the methods God communicates through His people.
Pastor Justin has a constant desire to become a better disciple so that he is better equipped to make disciples. His duties at F.C.F.C. include preaching, teaching teen and youth classes, working with the children’s ministry, and organizing retreats and special events. His prayer and vision is that every young person will make the decision to accept Christ, become active members of the church community, and build upon a God-centered foundation that will lead to a life of fruitful service. Pastor Justin is blessed to share life with his wife Cherise. Together they are raising their son Ashton, who keeps life interesting in their Forest Park home. The family is blessed to walk together as they follow Christ.
Reverend Louise Yakubisin
Director of Children's Education
Rev. Louise Yakubisin is a native of New Jersey and is a graduate of: Montclair University, B.S. Ed., M.Ed; and Bexley Hall Episcopal/Trinity Lutheran Seminary, M.Div. She taught family relations and child development courses at the high school level for ten years in New Jersey. After moving to Ohio, she took a few years off from work outside the home until her children were old enough to go to school. In 1990 Louise opened a child care center in Blue Ash. The center is still in operation and cares for children from infancy through grade school.
In 1997, God powerfully touched Louise’s heart and she gave her life to Jesus Christ. As she began seeking a deeper relationship with God, she was told by clergy that she had a call for ministry on her life. After much discernment, she decided she must pursue the call by attending seminary.
In addition to her education, Rev. Louise interned at St. Patrick’s Church in Lebanon, St. Mary Magdalene Church in Maineville, and she worked as a chaplain at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. Joining Faith Christian Fellowship Church in the summer of 2011, Rev. Louise was formally ordained by the Evangelical Church Alliance in February, 2012. Mike and Louise have two daughters: Jennifer holds a Masters in Education and works at the child care center with her mother, and Katherine is finishing medical school. Both daughters are married and Rev. Louise has four grandsons.
Reverend Jeannie Lee
Jeanne Lee is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, B.S. Ed., B.A. Art; she also holds a degree from Rhema Bible College. Jeanne specializes in the areas of spiritual warfare and deliverance. She was called to ministry in 1982; she experienced an intervention of the Holy Spirit during a church service, resulting in accepting the calling as a teaching minister. Before coming to FCFC, she was involved as a salvation counselor with the First Christian Assembly.
Jeanne is a published author, writing the book Spiritual Warfare I; Introduction to Warfare in 1998. She also has an active ministry in her home, and has been instrumental in guiding countless numbers to salvation in Jesus Christ. Jeanne joined Faith Christian Fellowship Church in 1988 with her husband Ed (who was called home to Heaven in 2010). They have six children (one of whom is deceased) and one grandchild, who is also deceased.
Reverend Ursula LaSorella
Ursula LaSorella was born and grew up in the Bronx, New York. After graduating from high school, she worked for a few years on Wall Street with several stockbrokers. She married and had children, but realized her life and marriage were not what she had thought they would be, and she did not have a happy life. One day, about three years after she married, she was invited to a Bible study by a neighbor. After initially resisting, she decided to go. She came to realize that alone, she could not cope with the pressures of marriage and having a strong willed child. God touched her heart and she had an intervention with the Holy Spirit, which led her to give her life to Jesus Christ in 1973.
Once saved, Ursula had a deep hunger to know more about God and everything that He was. Although she did not attend college, she has spent almost forty years of her life in intense study of the Word of God, attending conferences, Bible studies and seminars. She came to realize the gifts that the Holy Spirit had given her, and began to move in them, reaching out to everyone she came into contact with, preaching the Gospel to all who would hear. She became a strong evangelist. On May 17, 2009, Ursula was ordained, and is a teaching minister with Faith Christian Fellowship Church. Her quest to know all she can about the Lord continues to this day, and she is a wonderful example of God’s power in a person’s life.
Ursula is also an accomplished professional artist. Many of her paintings are on display at the church. She does not feel called to full time ministry, but rather to preach and teach the word of God. This is her specialty. She currently volunteers at a senior center, giving her the opportunity to bring God’s word to the residents. She and her husband Bill reside in Florida during the winter months. They have three sons and five grandchildren.