Dr. Irene Bonney Faulkes was born into one of the earliest Pentecostal families in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Irene has been ministering for Christ for over sixty-five years,
beginning in her teen-age years. She and her first husband, Cecil Bonney, pastored Assemblies of God churches in Australia for some years and were also involved in pioneering,
Christian education and children's work. Her ministry of the baptism with the Spirit began to develop during those years.