Jacquie Hoekstra is gifted with an ability to study scripture from many different angles. Her diligence to research history and background helps her readers see the broader picture and brings them to a fuller understand of scripture and a deeper relationship with Jesus. She has walked closely with the Lord for over twenty-five years, but it wasn’t always this way.
Jacquie was seven years old when she had her first suicidal thought. She was raised in a religious home and had a personal relationship with Jesus from a young age, but it was a relationship which was not mentored or discipled. In her teen years she experienced a depth of turmoil in her family life which spiraled her into a season of self-medication and a life of chaos.
Jacquie continued to experience suicidal thoughts throughout her teen years and into her mid-twenties. She kept ending up at the same dead end no matter how she tried to change her life. She decided to end it once and for all when she was twenty-five. Just as she was about to fulfill the dark desire, the very sweet presence of the Lord she had known as a small child entered the room.
“Give Me another chance” she clearly heard Jesus say to her. She asked Him to send someone to show her the way and committed to do the right things she knew at the time. Within a few weeks she was at a Billy Graham Crusade where she accepted salvation and gave her heart fully and completely to the Lord.
In the years since, Jacquie has passionately sought a relationship with Jesus. She returned to school and earned an AA degree in Biblical studies and a BA in Theology. She has served in her home church in many different capacities, most prominently in youth group and women’s ministries. She was ordained in the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel in 2008. After twenty-five years of growing in grace and serving, she feels she is just getting started. Jacquie’s passions are the Word of God and discipleship.
Jacquie lives in Vancouver, Washington with her husband, Martin. They are empty nesters who enjoy the outdoors in the great northwest, making their yard a bird sanctuary filled with floral colors. Besides time in the Word, Jacquie enjoys photography, antiquing, time spent with friends over a good cup of coffee, or sitting in the yard with the birds and a good book.