700 Club Presents Jack's Testimony
American Bible Society Presents Jack's Testimony
Jack Hakimian is a family man, entrepreneur, pastoral counselor, evangelist, and bible teacher.
Jack Hakimian brings a combination of cultural diversity, scholarship, street knowledge, and compassion to his work.
His greatest asset is his faith and dependency on the Lord Jesus Christ, who saved his life while serving time in the L.A. County Jail in 1992.
Jack has a Master's Degree in Cross-Cultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Pastoral and Biblical Studies from Life Pacific College.
He is certified to teach and counsel from the Bible by the Evangelical Training Association.
He found and serves as a Pastoral Christian Counselor with Impact Family Christian Counseling Network.
He has been doing cross-cultural community work since 1992 in the African, Latino, Anglo, and Armenian communities of L.A. and Miami.
The diversity of education and experiences has made him uniquely qualified for urban multi-cultural ministry.
As a half Armenian and half Liberian immigrant, he fled Monrovia, Liberia Africa in 1979 due to Liberian coup d'état brought on by corruption in the government.
When he arrived in America, he experienced a culture shock. His first day at school, a kid called him a "nigger" and wanted to fight him. This brought Jack into survival mode.
As a young boy, he was an exceptionally talented athlete and was being groomed to play college and professional football. Running the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds, he was a star tailback and quarterback achieving honorable mention in Riverside County CIF Football Division.
As a result of needing to be accepted and survive in the new American culture, he joined the Piru Blood street gang of L.A.
From ages 14-19, he was in and out of correctional institutions and spent a total of three years incarcerated.
At age eighteen, he was almost killed several times and served six months in the L.A. County jail for selling crack cocaine.
It was there that he had a life-changing experience with Jesus Christ and received a call to help others as a Kingdom servant.
700 Club captured and aired his testimony on national television.
With a newfound perspective on life, he reunited with his family. He began to grow in his kingdom lifestyle as God began to reshape his perspective on family, society, and economics.
He went from a human-centered morality to a God-centered ethical viewpoint. He believes God has given to all humans basic laws of love to live by if we are to be "blessed" as individuals, families, and a nation.
He went from the perspective that the government can solve our local problems to one that believes solutions are best found through the family, church, and local community for-profit and nonprofit leaders.
Places where God can move directly upon people's hearts and minds. Where freedom can be modeled and taught experientially.
These Christian views of personal rights, freedom of thought, family bonds, free-market enterprise and virtue embedded in the human heart by God (Romans 2:14-16) is what motivates his cultural commentary, counseling, evangelism, discipleship and kingdom activism.
The prosperity his immigrant family had achieved in just thirty years in America was a living example that, in cooperation with God, hard work, and self-discipline-financial success is possible.
During his early period of faith, Jack enrolled in college and later graduated school. While in Seminary, he began to develop entrepreneurial skills in web design, marketing, and business development.
Jhael has a B.S. in Education from Miami-Dade College and is actively engaged in our communities fighting for economic freedom and holistic prosperity. As she engages South Florida in Christian Counseling ministry, her ambition is to see families made whole through the Word of God.
Together Jack and Jhael facilitate personal counseling sessions, discipleship small groups, and workshops on Holistic Christian Growth.
They believe the family, church, and private sector enterprise is the key to solving the social ills of our society. God is the only person who can forgive sins and change hearts!
Clearly, it is this rich tapestry of not only background and education, but also experiences, failures, and triumphs that have shaped and prepared Jack for the extraordinary task of ministry and healing in South Florida. We give God the glory for what He has done!