In January 1988, Iann Schonken came to the United States from his country of birth, South Africa, to complete his college education in California. During this time of preparation, he served as an associate pastor in Ridgecrest, CA. After receiving his Master's degree in Religion (Church Leadership), he went on to assist various evangelistic ministries in over a decade of ministry, administration, traveling, and speaking. In 1996, he went full-time on the road as a traveling and crusade evangelist.
From 2002-2006, he assisted Pastor Benny Perez in launching a church plant in Las Vegas, NV. He co-authored MyPrayerpartner: A Systematic Approach to Prayer with his brother, Dr. Johann Schonken.
Iann Schonken has over thirty-five years of ministry experience and teaches the Word with great compassion for his audience. He always expects God to do signs and wonders in the lives of people. He became Lead Pastor at Family Fellowship Church in Oceanside, CA in 2006 and served in that capacity for about 10 years. While in Oceanside, he authored, Go Vertical: 21 Days To An Improved Prayer Life.
In 2016, he joined the executive pastoral leadership team at Visalia First in Visalia, CA. While in Visalia, he wrote another book entitled, The Art of Peace: 21 Days To A More Peaceful You. Iann published his fourth book in 2020 entitled, Simply Supernatural: Believing God For The Impossible Again. He published his fifth book entitled, A Person Of His Presence: Welcome God Into Your Busy Life in the same year. In 2021, he published two more books, namely, Stop Look Listen (To Your Heart), and Remarkable: Extraordinary Life Lessons From The Gospel of Mark.
Iann has been married for over thirty years to his wife Melodi, and is the proud father of three children.
WORK: Executive Pastor at Visalia First.
EDUCATION: Master's Degree from Vanguard University of Southern California.