Jonathan is originally from the beautiful state of Kansas (there’s no place like home!). He met the love of his life, Melissa, while attending Concordia University in Nebraska for his BA degree in Theology, and after completing his Masters of Divinity degree in St. Louis he and Melissa had their four children – Benjamin, Hannah, Alexandra, and James.
Jonathan has been a pastor for over 13 years in various contexts including college campus ministries, church plants, and elementary through high school ministries. Much of his ministry time was done in the state of Texas, where he was also an adjunct professor at Concordia University in Austin. He is presently serving at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, which makes Melissa happy because Southern California is where she grew up. He has been with Shepherd of the Hills for over 3 years, first as their Family Life Pastor and now as their Senior Pastor. He recently finished his Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary, and at Fuller is where he found his passion for coaching (as he was both coached and taught about coaching) and is in the process of getting his certification in coaching.