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The Reverend Dr. Jon K. Nelson was selected as our Pastor in 2023 and began serving in December 2023.  Rev. Dr. Nelson was born and raised in Southern California. (No, he has never surfed, but enjoys the beach.) He has been married to his wife, Michelle, for twenty-six years. (Michelle was also born and raised in Southern California. They met after college while attending the same church.)

Jon and Michelle have one daughter, Karah Renee.  She is 22 years old and recently graduated from Rockford University and will be moving to Chicago in January.

Michelle has her own business as a grant writer and development coordinator for non-profits. Their household includes 2 cats: Luna and Penny.

Jon’s favorite novel is  “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens and his favorite musical is “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”  His musical tastes are quite eclectic from Bruno Mars to Green Day to David Crowder to Johnny Cash! He also plays guitar.  He also enjoys home projects and woodworking.

Jon has served congregations in Washington, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Western Pennsylvania. Reformation history and theology. Children’s and Family Ministry Greek and Hebrew Studies Family Systems within Churches Mental Health Advocacy.