Jon is originally from Fresno, California, and was raised in a home with Christian parents but as a young boy remembers that his family did not attend church regularly. However, when he was in junior high, Jon’s family was invited by a neighbor to visit a local Baptist church where they became regular attenders and involved in that church. During his junior year in high school, Jon had doubts about his salvation and talked with his youth pastor who urged him to make sure once and for all. So Jon got down on his knees and asked God to forgive him based upon Jesus’ death on the cross. After praying, Jon didn’t feel any different but knew he had done all he could do (more about this to follow).
After graduating high school, Jon attended The Master’s College (formerly Los Angeles Baptist College) for two years before transferring to Fresno State University where he graduated in 1988 with a B.A. degree in mathematics. Then Jon began his teaching career at a public school in Fresno where he taught 7th and 8th grade math for eight years along with coaching the boys’ basketball and baseball teams. In the summer of 1996, Jon moved to Phoenix and began teaching high school math at Scottsdale Christian Academy. During the ten years he was at SCA, Jon taught everything from Algebra to Calculus. He also helped coach junior high boys’ basketball, girls’ varsity basketball, and boys’ golf. While teaching at SCA, Jon was introduced to the doctrines of the Reformed faith by a colleague and to Church of the Redeemer by the parents of one of his students. It was during this time that Jon came to understand the mercy of God in His plan to save some through the merits of Christ alone. There was no decision that Jon made, but rather, the decision was made by God’s own choosing and grace (Romans 4:5). Jon has been attending COR since 2001, has also served as deacon, and currently teaches an adult Sunday school class on the Westminster Standards.
Jon has been teaching at Redeemer Christian School since 2006 where he teaches junior high and high school math. He has also taught junior high Bible and Logic as well as high school Physics, Apologetics, and Physical Education. Jon has coached the RCS girls’ volleyball team and boys’ basketball team. Having finished his 28th year of teaching (2016), Jon has seen God’s faithfulness throughout the years and is grateful to be in a school where Christ is exalted in classical education.