Jonan has 14 years of pastoral ministry experience in the Philippines before migrating to New Zealand in 2011.
His parents are both pastors. They are members of the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches. He is the second of three sons.
After finishing his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree in 1989, Jonan underwent training in process documentation research and work in this area for six years. He covered process documentation work in national irrigation, local government, and rural and urban poor development.
In 1996, he responded to God’s calling to become a pastor. He worked with Ajuy Baptist Church while finishing his Bachelor of Theology. He helped establish the church’s school ministry project.
Jonan became the Resident Pastor of the New Testament Baptist Church, Iloilo City, in 2002. His previous urban poor development experience enabled him to minister with the squatter communities around the old Iloilo Airport.
In 2005, he took the opportunity to work with Central Philippine University (CPU), a Baptist university that American Baptist Missionaries founded. While working with CPU, Jonan helped start the Creekside Baptist Church in 2006.
He is married to Jewel, and they are blessed with a daughter, Jadyn.
In 2011, the family migrated to New Zealand. They arrived in Auckland and joined Glenfield Baptist Church in North Shore.
Pursuing their resident visa, the family moved down to Timaru in 2012. They joined Wilson Street Baptist Church, where they pioneered the Multicultural Response Ministry in 2013. Jonan and his family became New Zealand citizens in 2018.
Realising the need for a pastoral ministry toolkit, Jonan started writing the Ministry Appreciation and Participation Toolkit in 2017.
Jonan pursued ministry work in a bi-vocational capacity. In 2013, he started as an independent contractor for Waugh Infrastructure Management, and in 2019, the company employed him.
Praying for growth and direction, they were thrilled to see the possible expansion of the ministry in churches around the area, they joined the Gleniti Baptist Church.
In June 2021, the Gleniti Baptist Church adopted the Multicultural Response Ministry and appointed Jonan part-time.
Please read the related story for further information –> Multicultural Response Ministry Finds New Home at Gleniti Baptist Church.