A native of Arkansas, Jonathan became the pastor of RRBC on the first Sunday of January in 2007. Growing up in a pastor's home, he was exposed to the gospel early in life and experienced salvation at age nine. In October, 1993, he surrendered his life to the gospel ministry. He then began to preach at various revivals and other services, and frequently filled in for pastors. He was asked to serve as the interim pastor of a small country church in Hope, Arkansas. After doing so for nine months, the church invited him to become their pastor. Jonathan was a junior in high school when he began his first pastorate at Shover Springs Baptist Church.
In 1997 Jonathan moved to Mississippi, where he served as the Associate Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Shady Grove in Laurel. Two years later, after the pastor's resignation, he served as interim pastor of the church until they invited him to accept the pastorate. He served in Laurel until 2003, when he accepted the pastoral position at the First Baptist Church in Mize, Mississippi. He pastored FBC Mize until December of 2006, at which time he moved to Jackson and became the pastor of RRBC.
Jonathan is a 1996 graduate of Nevada High School in Rosston, Arkansas. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible from Southeastern Baptist College in Laurel, Mississippi. After his undergraduate studies, he enrolled at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received a Master of Divinity (MDiv), Master of Theology (ThM) and Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD).
In 1999 Jonathan married Mandy, a native of Bay Springs, Mississippi. They have two children, a son and a daughter: Jake and Cameron. In addition to pastoring, Jonathan has served as an adjunct professor for NOBTS, teaching Christian Education courses. His passion is practical, applicable teaching and preaching, and he enjoys leading Bible studies, equipping Bible study teachers, and seeing the people of God "get it" as they apply the Word of God.
You can contact Jonathan by calling the church office (601.372.6154). You can also download or listen to previous messages preached at RRBC.