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The Nasons

July 30th, 2013

Jonathan Nason

College and 20’s Pastor

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Meet Jonathan. He’s 24, still in school, married with a baby on the way, and shepherds the college students and 20-something aged adults in the area. Did I mention he is 24 years old?

First of all, I can boast in who he is because his life is the work of God through the blood of Jesus, lead evidently by the Holy Spirit; and, that he is leading his generation to live Matthew 28’s Great Commission. This is a call that he just so happened to begin striving for at an early age in which God gave him the ability and opportunity to lead. Second, I can boast because of his life played out in my life and the sheep alongside me.

What takes a 21 year old becoming the pastor of his own generation? Obedience and love toward God. Here is Jonathan’s Story in more depth:

It began in 7th grade when Jonathan accepted the call to preach the gospel and to pastor.  He felt that is what God had for him once he grew up and graduated seminary.  He never ran from that call but didn’t fully understand that the call to preach was something God wanted him to do now and not just once he graduated from seminary.  He realized that toward the end of his senior year of high school.  Jonathan was trying to decide what his immediate future was, like most high school seniors, and he realized that God was leading him to Brazil for his first semester of college.  That put him on a path that was unconventional for most college students.  After he got back from Brazil, he started dating Jenna, got engaged, and then married at the age of 20.  He and Jenna moved to Crossgates in their first year of marriage to be the Middle School Pastor.  After some staff changes, Jonathan was asked to move positions and become the College & 20’s Pastor.

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Christ has been extremely gracious to Jonathan and he attributes all glory to Christ, but there are two foundational things that have helped Jonathan get to where he is today.  First, Jonathan looks back to that moment in his senior year where he went all-in to the call from Jesus that said, “Follow Me!”  Christ was challenging him to give up everything and follow him, and Jonathan is thankful that he accepted that call.  “I don’t know where my life would be today if I wouldn’t have surrendered all to Jesus.  I doubt I would be a college pastor, married, or a soon to be dad.” says Jonathan.  He went on to say that it hasn’t always been an easy ride, but an extremely rewarding one.  He wouldn’t change any part of his past 5 years of life.  Secondly, he attributes credit to where he is today on the men of God who discipled and mentored him from early on when he accepted the call to ministry in 7th grade.  “Without those men and my family training me for the call God placed on my life, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”  This is the reason that Jonathan is as passionate about discipleship as he is, because he is a product of discipleship.  “I am not the product of conventional education, but the product of biblical discipleship that Jesus modeled.  I am currently enrolled and working on my education, but I accredit my current walk with Christ on his graciousness to me and to the men who equipped me for the work of ministry.”

When asked what he hopes others to learn from his story he said, “I hope others can learn that God doesn’t need the most talented or the most educated, just the servants who are all-in and willing to give up everything to follow him.  If you are willing to go all-in then God can use you to change the world.”

“I have been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.  And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” –Galatians 2:20

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