Life Groups Pastor
Jonathan‘s passion is to help everyone at Grace Community Church find a friend and a place to serve. He oversees the small group ministry, providing training and encouragement for small groups that meet across the DFW area. As the pastor of assimilation, he helps people feel welcome, develop friendships with fellow believers, and learn how God has uniquely made them to serve in kingdom ministry using their gifts (Eph 2:10).
About small group ministry, Jonathan says, “What really drives me as a champion of small groups is that I have personally seen more life change, more people having to actually make decisions and wrestle with truth in small groups than anywhere else in Christendom. The church is not a building or a business, but a group of people who have chosen to love and accept each other with God’s supernatural, unconditional love. Until I get in a small group and look in someone’s eyes and say 'what are you going to do?'... nothing changes. If I could serve in only one ministry, it would be my small group because that’s where changes to marriage, money, parenting, our view of kingdom ministry, every aspect of life and faith have the best chance of taking place. All this comes from people deciding they’re going to say yes to Jesus with five other people, four other couples, etc. I think this is what’s behind the Bible’s command to “not forsake our assembling together…but encouraging one another” in Hebrews 10:25.
As the pastor of assimilation, Jonathan helps newcomers feel welcome and learn about the community and mission of Grace Community Church. He also helps members find connections to other believers and ministry opportunities. “I’m excited about people getting to find a friend and do something that matters and changes the world. I have the privilege of helping people connect with the right opportunity, an opportunity they wouldn’t have if they were sitting at home. And it’s even more fun to be able to change the world with other people.”
As the pastor of the One Another Singles ministry at Grace Community, Jonathan has the pleasure of getting to know and encourage the many singles in our community and help them to find both fellowship and a place to serve in our community. Jonathan also oversees various other ministries in our church such as Financial Peace University and Celebrate Recovery.
Jonathan was born in Fairfax, Virginia and moved to Mineola, Texas when he was two weeks old. He moved to Arlington to earn a degree in Computer Science Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and visited Grace Community Church his first week in Arlington. He married Sarah in 2004, whom he had met his very first week at the church. He followed his father’s example by earning a Masters of Biblical Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in 2007. After five years as a computer forensics consultant in Dallas, Texas, he was invited to join the staff team at Grace Community Church.
Jonathan lives with his wife Sarah and daughters (Ruth and Grace) and sons (David & Daniel) in Kennedale. He enjoys Frisbee golf, playing the piano, fishing, and playing board games.