Hello!!! Pastor Jon here, for my first of many Pastor’s Corners to come. For those of you that haven’t meet me yet, or for those that haven’t heard, I have accepted the appointment and I’m excited to be the new pastor here at South Charleston UMC. So who is Pastor Jon? I am first and foremost a child of God and follower of Christ. I am also a son, husband, father, brother, uncle, veteran, musician, woodworker, and so many other things. When I was called into ministry, God called me as I was, and he has continued to shape and mold me since. In Isaiah 64:8 say; “O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the Potter. We all are formed by your hand.” One of the focuses of my journey with God has been to remain open and malleable to the Lord, so that I may be shaped and formed in the way of Christ. I believe that this is a continuing journey for all that follow Christ, or at least it should be.
I also believe that just as God called me, he has called each and every one of us, into ministry for Christ and the Kingdom of God. We are all a part of the body of Christ, and as such, we all have a vital role in the church. Now I know, some may say that they are either too old or their health isn’t in the place where they can do work for the Lord, and I understand where that feeling comes from. However, I would tell you that the Lord still has work for you, your wisdom and your prayers are some of our most valuable resources in the body of Christ. I count it as an honor to get to walk alongside you as we bring the word of God and the work of Jesus to the community of South Charleston. I pray for each one of you that are reading this to be filled with the Holy Spirit and be emboldened to pray expectantly and walk faithfully with the Lord.
A little information about my family and I; I grew up in Middletown, Ohio, and graduated from Kettering Fairmont High School, before attending and graduating from Otterbein College. I also served in the U. S. Army as an Air Traffic Controller. My wife Becca and I married in 2007 and we have 13 kids. Our oldest, Harry (23), is currently serving in the U.S. Army as an infantryman. Next we have Bethany (21) and her fiancé Ocean, followed by; Kaitlin (19), Amanda (18), Emily (18), Joseph (14), Isabella (13), Isaiah (11), Seraphina (9), Nehemiah (7), Millie (5), Adalind (3), and Audrey (1). Our family loves to be in God’s creation, playing, hiking, homesteading, and we love to worship and serve God as He calls us to.
Thank you for your warm welcome into this community, and I am looking forward to serving alongside you and seeing where the Lord leads South Charleston UMC.
Peace in Christ, Pastor Jon