Jhonattan Bonilla

Jhonattan Bonilla

Church Planter

Life Story

I was born and raised in Colombia, South America, but I’m also Canadian. I grew up in a traditional Catholic context, but I did not know God or have a personal relationship with Him at all. God met me in 1994 through a physical healing. After this encounter, I was desperate to learn about God. I fell in love with the Lord, but I did not know Him, so I began looking for other believers in Colombia to grow in the faith.

In 2005, living in Toronto, the Lord walked with me through a deep process of sanctification inviting me into vocational ministry. I served as a youth pastor and later led a church plant in the outskirts of Toronto until 2017.

I went through some difficult times in ministry that almost led to me quitting, but in 2018, I learned about Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas. At CFNI, I focused on a bachelor’s degree in Practical Ministry with a Pastoral Major, and I was ordained as minister through Kingdom Global Ministries. 

Little did I know, after spending nine months at Hope Bible Chapel in Burlington (Canada), Pastor Robbie Simons would send us to The Village Church. We have been plugged in as a family since 2019. The Spirit of God has helped us understand God’s story and the gospel using TVC as equippers. The Lord has set us free from the condemning power of sin, guilt, and legalism.

My love, wife, and friend, Sandra (also a Colombian I met in Canada), has been kind and faithful to me. We have three electrifying, outgoing, smart, and loving sons: Samuel, Matías, and Noah. As a family, we have found grace and mercy in the Lord, and our goal is to live out the gospel of Christ, to intentionally walk with unbelievers and believers, to see the beauty of the Lord, to faithfully serve, and to love God and people within the local church context. We are so excited to be part of this loving, local church.

Hope for The Village Church

I pray that this community can continue to build a space where many can come to find rest, hope, and transformation into the image of Christ. My hope is that we can continue to multiply and create a domino effect of faith, especially among the Hispanic/Latino population in North and South America.