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Chaplain Bonnie Holcombe

Chaplain Bonnie

Chaplain Bonnie

  • Title: TLR Founder and Executive Director
  • Goals: To make a difference in these women's lives.

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Bonnie is a licensed ordained minister and has been in the ministry for the past forty years. She now serves as President of Fishnet Ministries, International a broad based non profit organization committed to serving the marginalized in our society.

Bonnie has lived in Hawaii since 1987, when she came to serve with her late husband, Bishop/Chaplain Gary Holcombe, who served as overseer of the South Pacific Islands. They worked and trained leaders, and organized new churches throughout American/Western Samoa, Tahiti, Fiji and Hawaii.

Bonnie has ministered on the streets, traveled in full time evangelism, served in the pastoral ministry and served as missionary to Thailand for eight years, where both of her children were born. While in Thailand, she and Gary were granted an audience with the Crown Princess of Thailand for their work with/for refugee children.

She has conducted retreats, children’s revivals and is a conference speaker for local, state, national and international conferences. Bonnie is a published author and is currently pursuing her master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary

Today, Bonnie is the facility chaplain for the Women’s Community Correctional Center in Kailua, Hawaii. She is founder and executive director of the only multi-faith based treatment program in the state, The Total Life Recovery Program, “Na Wahine O Kupono” (Women of Excellence).

Chaplain Bonnie was invited to present the Total Life Recovery Program on the national stage during the National Juvenile and Female Offender Conference, in 2009 and 2011. The TLR program was propelled further on the national stage when Bonnie became Hawaii’s 2010 Jefferson Award recipient for her prison work.

Today Bonnie works to bring to fruition the dream of a faith-based work furlough transition home to provide a continuum of care that will further reduce recidivism in Hawaii’s female offenders.

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She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. Proverbs 31
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