Born and raised in small-town southern Illinois, Jon is a husband, father of three, preacher, priest, activist, bicycle enthusiast, and sometimes amateur film-maker.
Jon has roots in the Pentecostal tradition, but fell in love with the Episcopal church while studying history at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston Illinois. He was confirmed at Trinity Episcopal in Mattoon Illinois, and after earning his BA in history, Jon and his wife Susie moved to St. Louis to attend Eden Theological Seminary where he received a Masters of Divinity. He spent one year "on the mountain" in Sewanee Tennessee studying Anglican theology and liturgy and received a Diploma of Anglican Studies from Sewanee Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the sacred order of priests by the Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith, 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri.
Jon and his children Alice, Frank, and Harry doing some DIY home improvements.
Jon organized the Episcopal Service Corps in St. Louis (a residential service and spiritual formation program for young adults) and served as it's first Executive Director. Currently, Jon serves as the Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Louis, teaches theology and community organizing at The Deaconess Anne House, serves on the leadership team for Missouri Jobs with Justice, serves as the co-chair for the St. Louis Faith/Labor Alliance, and is active in campaigns for social, economic, and racial justice.
Jon with fast-food workers at a Fight for $15 and a Union rally
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