Ever since Jon was in middle school he sensed he would be involved in full-time ministry. Originally, Jon had an interest in youth ministry; but it wasn't until years later those desires changed to missions. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Intercultural Studies then went to Seminary at the Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary (now called Free Lutheran Seminary) in Plymouth, MN. While on his internship at Helmar Lutheran Church in Newark, IL Jon realized God was calling him into Pastoral Ministry instead. He graduated with a Masters of Divinity in May of 2016 and started serving Abiding Word Lutheran Church in July 2016. Since coming to Deshler, Jon has enjoyed seeing God at work through the preaching and teaching of His Word. Jon & his family have embraced being a part of this community.
He & his wife, Hannah, were married in 2011. Jon said "she's been faithful in following me wherever the Lord seems to take us, whether it's Ukraine, Illinois, or now Nebraska, she's been along for the ride." The couple has three kids, one a Minnesotan and two Nebraskans. They enjoy traveling, spending time with family, going to the library and playing at parks together.
At Abiding Word our guide is the Bible because it is the divinely inspired and inerrant Word of God. We gather to hear and learn God's Word with open Bibles, together. The Word comforts us with Christ, delivers His grace, and gives our lives meaning and purpose. Our congregation directs its own affairs, subject to the authority of the Word and the Spirit of God. We acknowledge that there is no ecclesiastical authority or government above God's Word. We believe the Lutheran Confessions are faithful explanations of the pure doctrine of the Word of God. More than anything, we desire all people to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.