Pr. Jon is a Reconciling Lutheran, a group of clergy and laypeople who publicly witness to and call for a church and world that welcome and include all: people of every age, class, color, ethnic origin; people of all sexual orientations and gender identities; people who are single, married, divorced, separated, blessed or partnered; people who are temporarily-able, disabled, or of differing abilities.
He received the Bachelor of Arts in Theology and the Humanities from Valparaiso University where he was a Christ College Scholar, and the Master of Divinity with Honors from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (now United Lutheran Seminary). He was the recipient of the Atonement Lutheran Church (Asbury Park, NJ) Preaching Award, and a finalist for the David H.C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award from Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church (New York) in 2008. He has received training in conflict mediation and congregational family systems theory through the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, and is certified as a Prepare/Enrich facilitator. In 2021 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Service in Parish Ministry from United Lutheran Seminary.
He is a regular contributor to the Sundays and Seasons worship planning resource, and other worship and preaching resources published by Augsburg Fortress, including the new All Creation Sings ELCA hymnal supplement. He currently serves as chair of the Worship and Music Team of the New England Synod and is a member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. In the community of Lynn he serves as a member and Past President of the Board of Directors of Arts After Hours, and is a regular panelist on the cable television show RUACH: Religious Understanding and Community Harmony. In 2017 he married his partner Brianne, a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and Program Director for Community Engagement at Citizens Inn Haven From Hunger. He was called as Pastor of First Lutheran Church in 2008.