After hearing a church talk on prayer aged 10, he realised he didn’t have a living relationship with God. That evening his Mum faithfully led him to trust in Christ.
But it wasn’t until university at Birmingham that the gospel really took hold. Through the example and discipleship of loving Christian friends, and through weekly expositional preaching from faithful pastors, he really began to grow as a Christian. By the end of his Biological Sciences degree and after the experience of leading the university Christian Union, he began to think seriously about full-time gospel ministry. He consequently became a ministry trainee at City Evangelical Church, Birmingham.
Seeing the opportunity to both tell young people the gospel and hone his teaching skills, he began training as a teacher in 2005. After completing his PGCE he worked in a prep school for three years. During this period he was given greater opportunities to preach at church, school chapel, and at various Titus Trust and Venture summer camps. In 2009 he decided to leave Birmingham for Washington DC to train and subsequently join the staff at Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC).
In 2012, he left CHBC for Oak Hill Theological College. Halfway through this degree time he was asked if he would consider helping to revitalise a small church in Kew. He now juggles church planting, involvement in the Antioch Plan, and formal theological training.
He is married to Sarah, who he met during his time in the States, while she was doing a PhD in Economics. They have two young children. Having previously played and coached cricket and football he still has a great passion for sport. Indeed with his cricket bat (temporarily) hung up, Jonathan is now becoming embarrassingly proficient at Fantasy Football.
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