John and Priscilla Kunkle, missionaries to Texas/Mexico Border Ministries in McAllen, Texas, are not new to missions. John was born in Bolivia, South America, and grew up there with his parents, Joe and Ellen Kunkle. It was during that time that John accepted the Lord as Savior and was sanctified to serve as a missionary pilot. Priscilla was born in Haiti, but grew up on the American Indian Field in Arizona, with her parents Leslie and Mary Ruth Madsen. Priscilla also accepted the Lord as Savior and sanctifier at a young age. John and Priscilla met while attending Vennard College in Iowa and were married in 1995.
John and Priscilla served in Bolivia from 2002 with the Wings of Peace ministry until its closure in 2008. Upon their return to the U.S., they were presented with the opportunity to serve temporarily on the Mexico border as pastors of a Hispanic church in Laredo, Texas. They answered that call and moved with their four children, David, Jonathan, Tianna, and Anthony, to Laredo in 2009. The church now has a new pastor from Honduras, and John and Priscilla have sensed God leading them to make another change. A desperate need in McAllen, Texas, for teachers and workers at Taylor Christian School and Taylor Community Center prompted them to offer their services there. They have been reassigned as missionaries to the Texas/Mexico Border Ministries, which reaches out to the local Hispanic community through Christian education and community service.