Jon is a dynamic, visionary leader with a deep commitment to the local church. In 2000, he and his wife quit their jobs and jumped out in obedient faith, moving to Fargo, ND, to start a new church for people who don't like going to church. With no experience, but great passion, he followed God's dream of connecting 1,000s of people apart from God with Christ and a church family.
Starting with 3 people, Prairie Heights Community Church of the Nazarene grew to a vibrant church family of over 5,000 Prairie Heighters... in a community highly resistant to new churches.
Jon says, "I know what it is like to lay awake at night with a fire in my soul to help one more person receive Christ as their Savior, to equip and send out examples of Christ to change our world, to train more and better leaders, and start more churches while wondering where the financial resources would come from. My desire is to partner with pastors and churches to fund their God-given dreams and potential."
Prairie Heights is regionally known as the church that simply loves people. They call this servilization (see a need and meet the need). Servilization is not what they do but who they are.
Jon is passionate about training Godly, effective leaders in the church and business community. He has completed leadership speaking, training and coaching contracts as a founding team member of the John Maxwell Team. Jon believes, "Generosity is a key requirement of an effective, healthy, multiplying leader. When we overlook this key behavior, we can invest significant time or money in a business or church leader and receive a minimal return on the investment."
Jon grew up in North Dakota, graduated from North Dakota State University and Nazarene Theological Seminary. He worked as a consultant electrical engineer for 20 years. He writes a weekly column for Forum Communications that is published in 10 newspapers.
Jon and Teri have been blessed with two children: Nathanael, age 23, and Brooke, age 11. Jon cheers for the NDSU Bison, Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Braves, and Minnesota Timberwolves.