If you have read St. Augustine’s Confessions, you may have had similar thoughts as Jon. He would read a passage and say, “Ah, here’s when Augustine got saved.” And then a little later he would think, “No, here’s where he gets saved!” It was a bit like that for Jon. He grew up in a Christian home, and when he was 12 years old accepted Christ as his Savior. However, Christ played only a small part in Jon’s life throughout his high school days. Then in 1975 he found a book by C.S. Lewis entitled “The Great Divorce” and it changed his life. He proceeded to read everything he could find by Lewis and God used this to awaken his soul to the joy of a relationship with Christ.
He began attending a Bible-believing church and felt that in every sermon was God speaking directly to him. Jon also went through the Bible with J. Vernon McGee’s studies. But he always felt that his conversion was complete when his girlfriend Allison (aka Sunny, who is now his wife) brought him to San Gabriel Community Church where he studied the Bible with Steve Fuller, who was then the Assistant Pastor. That was in 1978, and Jon has been here ever since.
Jon thanks God for the many ways people and circumstances have been used to draw him closer to himself. Jon loves this church, its pastors, staff, and its members. Jon and Sunny have two children–a daughter Justine and a son Sean. A graduate of Cal State LA, he currently serves as the Moderator of the Elder Board, teaches in the Veritas Sunday School class and is involved in the Worship Team ministry.