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Jonathan & Kari Ziman

Jonathan & Kari Ziman

Although they come from opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, Jonathan and Kari share the same passion for reaching the world with the love of Christ. Jonathan was born and raised in London, England, but moved to America when he was 17 to attend Emory University, in Atlanta, GA. Kari was born and raised in Wheaton, Illinois, and attended Wellesley College for four years before working as a teacher overseas in Japan. Jonathan and Kari met on the first day of class at a graduate program at the University of Chicago, where he made quite an impression with his shoulder-length hair and quirky accent. They soon became friends, and after graduating together were married not long after in August 1998. God has since blessed them with four beautiful daughters: Eliana, Michaela, Brielle, and Shiloh. They live in Wheaton, Illinois with their hyperactive Border Collie, Skye. 

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About Jonathan Ziman
Jonathan was born to British parents in London, England, and lived there until he was 17. After moving to America and attending Emory University, he enrolled in an MA program at the University of Chicago. It was there that he met Kari and became a Christian. Although initially planning to pursue a PhD in English, after God got a hold of Jonathan’s heart his life took a different direction. He wrote his final thesis on CS Lewis’ book, The Screwtape Letters, and was asked to present his findings at the 1998 International CS Lewis Conference, held at Wheaton College. He was the only person presenting who did not attend Bible college or have a seminary degree!

Although sensing a call to ministry, through prayer Jonathan discerned the timing was not right. So, after their marriage in 1998, Jonathan and Kari moved to California, where he worked for the next seven years in electronic publishing at Stanford University. While there, he served on the leadership team with Bible Study Fellowship, and contributed to a number of Christian Bibles and books as a freelance writer and editor, including: Jesus Among Other Gods Video Curriculum and Study Guide (ECPA Gold Medallion Winner 2002), The Apologetics Study Bible, Strive: A Study Bible for Men, The One Year Bible Proverbs Devotional, The One Year Bible for New Believers, and The Gospel of John (a special resource for new believers published by Alpha USA).

In 2005, with two young children in tow, Jonathan and Kari moved back to the mid-west, and he began an MDiv program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Upon graduation, he got a job as a pastor at Wheaton Bible Church, a large church in the West Suburbs of Chicago, where he served for seven years, working with the adult ministries team doing leadership development, training, teaching, pastoral care, as well as leading the Alpha Course (an evangelism ministry) and Single Purpose (a ministry for single adults 35 and older).

In 2014 Jonathan began to sense God was moving their family once again, this time across town to a small non-profit ministry equipping parents and supporting marriages. After almost a year of prayer and conversation, Jonathan and Kari joined Rob and Amy Rienow on staff with Visionary Family Ministries in September 2015.

You can listen to a selection of Jonathan’s most recent sermons on Sermon Audio.


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