Reverend Christina Yanko was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, grew up in Claresholm, Alberta and moved to Calgary, Alberta to attend university.
At the University of Calgary, Rev. Christina received a double degree in English and Religious Studies (with a focus on Buddhism), as well as a Master of Arts in Religious Studies (Buddhism). She then studied in Berkeley where she received a second Master of Arts in Buddhism with a specialization in Jodo Shinshu ministry from the Institute of Buddhist Studies and Graduate Theological Union.
In September 2012, Rev. Christina travelled to Japan to receive her first level of ordination (Tokudo) and received her second and final level of ordination (Kyoshi) in December 2012.
In May 2013, Rev. Christina was assigned to the Toronto Buddhist Church.