Jon was raised in a pastor’s family, but found Christ for himself during his freshman year in college. He became active in the Vineyard church, led many Bible studies and brought several friends to the Lord. One year he turned down a lucrative summer internship and went on a mission trip to the Philippines instead. His life has never been the same. That summer, he felt God call him to the nations, and he has followed that calling ever since. He spent another summer break in Brazil, and after college he married Carla and pursued God’s leading to Mozambique in 2008. They served there with Iris Ministries for 3 years as directors of a base that included an orphanage, Bible school, compassion ministries, relief work, and a pastors’ network. They returned to the States for 3 years, where Jon worked as a Resident Director at the Missouri University of Science and Technology until God called them to establish a new mission organization and return to Mozambique.
Jon’s passions and skills for discipleship and leadership development are sorely needed in Mozambique, and there is never a lack of work for him. He currently spearheads opportunity development, church partnership, and overall vision portions of the Equip Mozambique team. When not otherwise occupied, Jon spends his time dreaming of a better world, reading Malcolm Gladwell books, and contemplating the Psalms.