Jamal Bishara was born December 15, 1957 and entered into the gates of heaven on April 24, 2021.
Jamal Bishara was born in Nazareth, Israel on December 15, 1957. He was one of twelve children born to Najib and Deeby Bishara. He had a very close relationship with his parents and siblings throughout his life, even when they were spread out across the world. He moved to the United States in 1978. He attended Grand Canyon University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree. During this time at Grand Canyon University, he met and married the love of his life, Yvonne Lamb Bishara. They were married for 40 years and built a legacy together. Jamal also earned two Master’s degrees in business and theology. Together they had four beautiful daughters, Amber, Melissa, Susie and Grace, who were the apple of his eye. He absolutely adored his five grandchildren. Jamal founded the First Arabic Baptist Church where he ministered to the community for over 30 years. His passion was the study and teaching of God’s word. He was a servant who genuinely loved people and built relationships, always seeking to meet their needs.
Jamal also worked for the largest dialysis company in the world as a technical manager to support his family and the church. Jamal worked hard all his life as a full time worker and full time care and teaching pastor. He absolutely loved serving the King of Kings, his Lord Jesus Christ. Jamal was locally and globally minded and very passionate about international ministry. He served on several committees including the committee of ethinic ministry in the Southern Baptist Convention. He dedicated his life to help all people in need regardless of their origin or religion. Jamal was one of the orignal founders of the Palestinian Community Center in Arizona and was elected to serve as a board member and served as its treasurer.
He created The Bishara-Arabic Christian Ministries Legacy Endowment Fund to continue his legacy of ministry of spreading the gospel to the ends of the earth. Jamal will be missed by all who loved him and knew him, especially his loving family here and abroad.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Najib and Deeby Bishara, brothers Jamil and Milad, and his father in law, Bill Lamb. He is survived by a loving wife of 40 years, Yvonne, his daughter Amber and husband Philip Hiliker, daughter Melissa and husband Paul Bailey, daughter Susie and husband Matthew, and beloved daughter Grace. His grandchildren Annabelle and Philip Hilliker, Everly and Poppy Bailey and Luke Munsey.His sister in law Shelley Wayland, brother in law Robert Lamb, Jim Lamb and mother in law Dona Winters. He is also survived by brothers and sisters Camilia, Bernadette, Kamal, Amin, Mouin, Yasmin, Huda, Jeries and Rula.
In lieu of flowers donations can be to the family for the Bishara-Arabic Legacy Endowment Fund.