God has a plan for us (Jeremiah 29:11), an amazing adventure to grow and develop us, with incredible experiences all along the way, so we experience Jesus and may be more like Jesus (Ephesians 4:11-14, Colossians 2:6-10). One of God’s main environments for growth and maturity is our families. But not just the basic social unit of the nuclear family, our extended family, our church family, our family of friends, our work family, and our community family. These connections and relationships influence us (Proverbs 13:20-25, 22:24-25, 1 Corinthians 15:33, Psalm 1:1) and they are used by God to build us up and refine our character (Proverbs 27:17). It is actually a beautiful thing, a bit crazy because in any of these relationships there is difficulty, struggle, and deep heartache. Yet God has a way to give ‘beauty for ashes’ (Isaiah 61:1-3) and use this environment to bring us to be all that He created us to be. See, there is a beauty in our crazy family! Let’s discover our part in this.
Jon received the call to ministry in 7th grade and it has been an adventure for him ever since! Jon moved from South Carolina in 2000 and has lived around Biola University since 2003. There he completed his BA in Bible, completed his M.Div at Talbot, and worked in Biola's Chapel Programs area for 8 years! Jon is married to Debbie (also a graduate of Talbot), and theyare parents to a beautiful baby girl.