Tell us your story.
I was born and raised in Lakewood, a west suburb of Denver and am proud to call myself a native Coloradan! My wife won’t let me get the bumper sticker though, she says it is pretentious (said with sarcasm)! I went to the University of Colorado (Boulder and Denver campuses) and then got a Masters Specialization in Discipleship and Mission from Northern Seminary outside of Chicago.
I have been married to my wife Laci for nearly 18 years and have two children, Asher (15) and Myla (13). Asher has started driving…yikes…and Myla is a black belt in karate, so both of them are dangerous in their own way!
I have worked at a pizza place, in used furniture, at the Denver Rescue Mission (8 years) and I have been full time as the Executive Pastor for Denver Community Church (DCC) since 2008. My diverse work history resembles my faith journey…lots of change, diversity and development.
Faith has always been central to my life. I was born and raised in a Baptist Church in southwest Denver, and stayed a part of that community for 29 years. We moved to DCC in the spring of 2005 after Asher was born and never left. DCC has been an incredible environment that has challenged me to understand who the Christ is and what it means to love myself, Creation, God, and others as the God who is Love does. This has shifted me to an inclusive faith that makes room for all people and I have more peace, joy, and hope than I’ve ever had.
Tell us about your role on the Left Hand Leadership Council (LC).
It has been a gift to serve as co-chair of the Leadership Council (LC) for Left Hand. We started the Leadership Council with a mixture of internal members and external pastors from the three sister churches that helped to plant Left Hand. I was the representative from Denver Community Church.
I have loved serving on the LC because of the amazing people I get to serve with. Both current and former members always have come desiring to create an inclusive community that welcomes all people, loves well, and engages the broader community. These leaders have shown up with energy, focus, attention, heart, passion, challenge, and authenticity to do their best to lead and care for Left Hand. They are amazing.
My co-chair Lonni Pearce has been incredible to work with. Her caring, wise, and consistent leadership have provided the stability the team has needed over the years and it has been an honor to lead with her.
What role does your faith play in your life during difficult times?
Faith is playing more and more of a stabilizing role in my life, no matter the times or circumstances. I no longer fear eternal damnation, if I am actually saved, or does God love me. I know I am loved, have value, and have gifts to offer the world…and my faith reminds me of that, especially in difficult times.
What do your days look like under the stay at home orders?
During the stay at home orders, I have had more time with my kids. I haven’t always used that intentionally…but I did buy a pool! It is just an inflatable pool from Walmart, but my daughter and I have already had some good times just hanging out, talking and playing…and summer hasn’t even begun!
How are you staying connected to your loved ones and community?
Both in my role as Pastor and as a family member and friend…I love staying connected. That obviously looks different in this time, but I am doing my best through texts, calls, and video chats to stay connected.
Jon’s profile is part of an on-going blog series aimed to help Left Hand members get to know each other better. Over the next few weeks we will be profiling the volunteer members of our Leadership Council.