Director of NBA XPLOR
Rev. Bonnie Osei-Frimpong serves as the Director of NBA XPLOR for the National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Bonnie joins the NBA team with experience serving several Disciple ministries, including the Division of Overseas Ministries, Disciples Peace Fellowship, and Week of Compassion. Most recently, she worked with Church World Service Indonesia and the American Red Cross. Her work throughout all of these agencies has focused on developing and implementing programs to support education policy, disaster response, citizenship formation, economic justice, and HIV/AIDS prevention and response programs.
Getting to Know Bonnie
NBA's vision statement is "creating communities of compassion and care." What does this mean to you?
Community and compassion are two words that have helped to define my vocation, and are reflected in every significant area of my life. I am thrilled to be working with NBA’s XPLOR project to cultivate hearts for care among young adults. XPLOR Residents are in formation to pursue and sustain a lifetime of service and justice work. My role is to support and challenge them throughout this experience, as I was supported by others in my own formation.
What do you do outside of work?
I live in a cooperative community where my family shares the cooking and cleaning responsibilities of running a household of 25 members. Living cooperatively opens up time for me to read, write, and play with my young daughter. My favorite activity right now is to study television dramas to get ideas for the show that my husband and I want to produce, called “Disciples,” a prime-time drama centered around the staff and volunteers who run a Midwestern church.
What are you known for?
I’m known for running, taking vacations by bicycle, appreciating a good sermon, and loving a good, old-fashioned hymn sing.
When was the last time I laughed out loud?
The last time I laughed out loud was watching my one year old daughter successfully climb from the floor to the chair to the kitchen table to go after the pens that I had just taken from her and put out of her reach. Or so I thought.