Meet our Pastors!
Pastor Jessica Konker and Pastor Chris Konker are thrilled to be your co-lead pastors at Northminster Presbyterian Church. They long to love the Lord with all their heart, to adore him in prayer, worship and through studying his Word. They long to serve Jesus and the church by loving others and making disciples.
Chris and Jessica have over 11 years of pastoral experience and have been serving for 9 years as pastors at Mandarin Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, Florida. They have been working with adult discipleship, small groups, equipping and connections ministry. Jessica and Chris are very excited to be moving back to the West coast! They are excited to fulfill their calling to preach, lead, build relationships, teams and equip others. Co-leading a church together is something they have been praying and dreaming about for some time. They want to help people KNOW Jesus’ love, GROW in God’s family, and GO serve and make disciples for God’s kingdom.
Jessica grew up in Seattle and went to Seattle Pacific University where she received degrees in studio art as well as in Christian Education. She served at several Presbyterian churches with youth and college ministry in the Seattle area until going to seminary at Princeton Theological Seminary. Pastor Jessica grew up in a multi-ethnic family; her Dad immigrated to America from China and she has a passion for cross cultural ministry and seeing the church as a place for people from all cultures and ethnicities to gather and worship together.
Although born in Seattle, Chris grew up in Dallas, and majored in History at Bard College in New York. After a few years teaching history at a Christian school in Dallas, he felt called to ministry. He also attended Princeton Theological Seminary and guess who he met there…
Jessica and Chris met, dated and were married their final year of seminary. Jessica (who is 5 feet 0 inches tall) loves that Chris (who is 6 feet 2 inches) can reach things on top shelves for her and Chris loves that she is travel size. They have two kids Charlie (6) and Gracie (2.5) whom they adore. They love being outside, hiking, going to the beach, walking, running, or chasing their kids around the house. Jessica loves chai tea lattes, listening to leadership podcasts, deep conversations with friends, reading books about how to deepen the impact of the church, and her guilty pleasure is eating gummy candy and fruit snacks. Chris loves music, movies, making up silly songs, playing tennis and reading; he normally has 4-5 books he is reading at one time and has mastered the art of reading while walking. Jessica and Chris love date nights at Outback Steakhouse, talking about ministry and spending time together. They are excited to partner with Northminster Presbyterian Church in making an impact in the city of Bakersfield for God’s Kingdom and glory.
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