Tim + Jill Bruno
Tim and Jill Bruno meet at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. Tim graduated with a Bachelors of Art in Educational Ministries and Jill received her Bachelor's in Youth Ministry. They were Married December 20th, 1997. In the year 2000 they moved to Grand Rapids, MI. It was in Grand Rapids that they had two childern. May Bruno (now Eberz) was born July 28th, 2000 and Gabriel Bruno was born July 3rd, 2002. During this time Tim served as a Jr. High intern at Chaple Pointe in Jenison, MI.
In September, 2002 a few months after Gabriel was born, the Brunos moved to Anchorage, AK where Tim served at Hillside Baptist Church as a Youth Pastor. In the year 2007 the Bruno’s moved to Soldotna, AK to do ministry at College Height Baptist Church for the next 8 years. During this time Tim received a Master’s in Evangelism and Church Planting from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. In 2014, Tim and Jill took the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Sierra Leon, with their friend Sylvia Renalds. “We went to Sierra Leon to help Pastor Musa, a church planter, minister to orphans and widows.” says Tim “We also ran a Vacation Bible School, taught through the book of Ephesians, I preached at a local church and I even got to preform a marriage.” “It was a life change experience and how we learned about the ABCU.”
“We took over a church plant in Ocean View, Hawaii in 2015.” says Tim. In 2018 Tim’s cousin passed away and Tim and Jill became parents to her daughter Emma.”It was a big change for our family and must have been a shock for Emma.” “She moved from Iowa to Hawaii into a family she hardly knew she had.” Jill state, “Hawaii was a wonderful place to live but it was expensive.” “Both Tim and I were working three jobs, we had a new daughter and Tim’s Mom was struggling with dementia.” Jill was offered a job as the Childern’s Ministry Director at a church in Duluth, MN. So the Bruno’s moved in March of 2020 at the beginning of COVID.
Gabriel and Tim spent eight weeks at ABCU in Liberia at the beginning of 2021. Tim served as a professor and Gabriel work with Samaritan's Purse. “Jill joined us the last three week we were at ABCU.” say’s Tim. “God used that experience to direct our hearts towards ABCU.”
The Bruno’s currently serve at Riverside Chapel in Forbes, MN. They plan on going full time to serve at ABCU in January, 2025.