Board Members Bios:
Karin Jones, Founder and President
Karin was born in Frankfurt, Germany and came to America twenty two years ago as a newly married. She settled down in Orange County with her family in 1995.
Her vision for "On a Wing and a Prayer Ministries", was inspired by her own personal experience at a battered women's shelter, as well as her passion for the homeless and forgotten population of Orange and Los Angeles counties. She volunteered as a leader for the specific recovery group for abused women at Saddleback Church, Lake Forest Campus, as well as homeless breakfast outreaches, and she assisted the singles ministry at Free Chapel. In addition, Karin volunteered at Chino's prison for a year.
Fueled by her dream to help others in need, she furthered her education and obtained certification in Gerontology Activity Leadership. Karin has an Alcohol and Drug Certification as well as a Human Services Certification completed in 2017. She is working on a Mental Health Certification which will be completed by the end of 2017. She is pursuing a Bachelor in Human Services.
Karin worked for Hospice Touch assisting the dying and their loved ones, as well as organizing and further developing her vision of a shelter that can meet the needs of the growing local homeless population. Through working with battered women, she learned the importance of giving these hurting people the care they require to become productive and independent. Karin has a plan and business idea for the misplaced to provide a safe place for families. She wants to give them the care and abilities needed to be successful on having the tools toward self-actualization. There is a Chinese proverb that says: “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” She believes to “reach for the impossible.”
Karin's own personal experience with overcoming the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis actually motivated her to help others live the best lives they can and never ever give up hope.
David Stone, Vice President and Director of Logistics
David currently works for Premier Seals as a Receiving and Q/C Inspection Manager. His mission is to serve the homeless community, and through education and using his own experience, inspire displaced persons to work on new job skills and get healthy so they can re-enter society and become productive members. In order to serve the homeless and under privileged, he will use his own experience of being homeless and drug addicted. Currently he is 13 years clean and sober.
He is passionate about and loves serving the homeless and underprivileged; he sincerely feels he has a complete understanding of compassion for their needs, wants, and hopes. Through the love of Christ, he seeks to inspire others to find God's plan for their lives.
Min. Eric K. Parchman, Vice President and Director of Ministry
Min. Eric K. Parchman was a former Correctional Officer, Parole & Probation Officer, and a Substitute Teacher. He has been in ministry for 12 years as a Homeless Outreach Evangelism, Hospital Evangelism, Street Evangelism, and Convalescent Home Evangelism. He has a strong love and compassion for the lost, unforgotten, and the underprivileged. He believes that God has a purpose and plan for everyone.
He is a graduate of Saddleback College and California State University, Long Beach. He has studied, at Southern California Community Bible College and Evangel Cathedral Bible Institute where he has received numerous certifications in the field of Biblical Studies.
Eric K. Parchman was ordained as a Minister in 2008 and was involved in many outreach ministries in the state of Maryland. After relocating from Maryland to California, he became an active member at Free Chapel Church in Orange County, CA where he was a former small group leader for the Men's Ministry.
Since that time, Min. Eric K. Parchman has been actively involved with On A Wing A Prayer Ministries since 2011, as a volunteer and a speaker. He has spoken at various homeless shelters, events, and churches in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.
On July 9,2017, Min. Eric K. Parchman was ordained and appointed Associate Pastor at Kingdom Hearts Christian Fellowship Church in Westminster, CA.
His purpose in Ministry is to proclaim the Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world.
Sonja Felder, MST, EA, Director of Finance
Sonja has extensive knowledge and experience with accounting, finance and tax for businesses as well as individuals. Over the years, she has worked for prestigious companies such as Delta Air Lines, Robert Half International and local CPA Firms. She has assisted small businesses with accounting and tax advising and assisting them with their businesses while helping them to maintain compliance with federal and local governments.
She currently holds the position of President of Felder Financial Group, Savutax Consulting Group and The Cover Club. She is also an adjunct professor with the University of Phoenix in Southern California where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in accounting and finance.
She is currently part of the Leadership with Free Chapel Church serving on the Altar Team and leading a monthly small group.
Sonja is an Enrolled Agent and holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Dillard University and a Master’s Degree in Taxation from Florida Atlantic University.
Marcia Caine, Secretary
Marcia has been a legal assistant and paralegal in Orange County for the past 26 years.
Her heart for the homeless came from working on a case with her former employer in which he represented a number of homeless men and women in an action against the City of Santa Ana for disposing of their belongings. Marcia had a lot of interaction with the clients, and her eyes were opened to their situation. Marcia’s opportunity to serve in ministries for the displaced came when a group of members from her choir, the Saddleback Gospel Praise Choir, formed a group to travel and sing for various homeless outreaches, one of which was the On a Wing and a Prayer Ministry.
Marcia continues to sing with the choir and Praise Ensemble on a weekly basis, and also serves as a volunteer leader at Saddleback Church’s Food Pantry Distribution Center every Saturday morning.
Her desire is to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus, helping to bring the Gospel to every man and woman she meets, caring for the lonely and forgotten, lifting people’s spirits, and hopefully helping to change their lives in some way.
Tammy Anderson, Volunteer Coordinator
I was born in Los Angeles. My family raised me up in church; it seems almost from the incubator forward. When I was in my twenties, I started to rebel. I begin to experience meth and smoking cigarettes. This eventually led to becoming homeless and living in shelters. After a long time of struggles, I ended up at The Salvation Army. There God started to work on my issues and used the staff from The Salvation Army to mould me and make me whole again.
Today I’m 12 years clean and sober. I have become a Commercial Driver for the county and assist seniors. With my experiences on the street and enrolling in college, I plan to further my desire and vision to become a drug and alcohol counsellor to give the lost and hurting a hand up, showing them that they can get through their predicament just like I have.
I became involved with On a Wing and a Prayer Ministries on an Easter Sunday Service at a shelter assisting the homeless. This has been many years ago, and I knew this was my way to give back. I’m now a volunteer coordinator with this ministry. I hope to give my all to help people struggling and living at the shelters where God is leading this ministry to help them.
Art Van Wie, Web Developer
Art currently works at Crossline Church in Laguna Hills, CA. He is on their facilities team and helps out at the Crossline Food Pantry in Operations. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science minor in Math. Also, he has an Associates Degree in Mathematics. He attended several schools such as Oklahoma University, Rose State College, University of Central Oklahoma, and Saddleback College. He has worked as a Programmer Analyst for the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Computer Science Corporation, Diversified Software Development, and Cutler/Williams.
He had the first full band to play at the homeless shelter in LA from 2011 to 2014. He has a heart to help the homeless since he himself was homeless for eleven months due to an illness. He looks forward to spread the gospel through media ( like this website ) by creating new ideas and updating information.