Ana Isabel “Chiqui” Polo-Wood is an international author, teacher and speaker. Since giving her heart to Jesus at age 15 she has served in many areas of ministry in several nations. Chiqui lives with her husband, Kerry, in Lewisville, Texas. They love ministering together both locally and abroad. Chiqui earned her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from The King’s University, Los Angeles, California.
Chiqui was raised in Bogotá, Colombia, in the home of Pedro Polo and Alicia Fonnegra along with her two sisters, Adriana and Carolina. She came to know Jesus as Lord and savior at age 15, and since then has had a sense of calling to the ministry.
After graduating from High-School in her native Bogotá, she lived for a year in Hawaii, and for a year-and-a-half in Germany. She moved to Texas in 1989 and has lived in Texas for most of her adult life.
Chiqui completed an AAS Degree in Business Technology, and then her BA in Management and Economics in San Antonio, Texas. For the better part of 20 years she worked in the Life Insurance Industry. She grew in the ranks of the organization from a part-time assistant to a Field Services Director supervising the sales support staff in 10 offices throughout the country. Chiqui still uses her administrative skills as a business and economics consultant.
Chiqui is an avid proponent of the “ministry of all believers,” so while working in the business world she was always “about the Father’s business” ministering to her work associates while also serving in her local church in different capacities including choir, dance, drama, nursery, children’s church, youth, singles, and women’s ministries. She has served as a pastoral assistant and office manager, led Bible studies and discipled many young women. Between 1998 and 2004 she also served as a weekly operator in a Christian radio station, translated materials, and recorded programs in both English and Spanish.
In 2008 Chiqui left her secular employment to pursue her dream and calling, dedicating her life fully to the work of the ministry. Since then she has served as Associate Pastor, Director of Adult Education and Missions ministries, Teacher, Speaker, and Small-Group Leader. She has traveled to other nations to train teachers and help local Church leaders start Leadership Institutes for their congregations. God has also given her opportunities to minister in Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, England, Ireland, and Romania.
Chiqui is passionate for the Word and the presence of God, and continually amazed at the realization that our Father has chosen to partner with us to establish His kingdom on earth. Her desire and goal in ministry is to see the body of Christ fully equipped to rise up in victory to do all that the Father has prepared for us to do.
Chiqui earned her Master of Divinity degree (with high honors) in 2011, and her Doctor of Ministry in 2014, both from The King’s University (Los Angeles, CA).
About the Book
From walking alongside and supporting her late husband through his 5-year battle with Cancer, Chiqui learned how to stand in faith and draw from God’s grace for each day. She has compiled her “Lessons Learned in the Battle” and has shared them with many people in hopes that it will help them in their own struggles – regardless of the particulars – so they can live victoriously, knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.