the author of two critically acclaimed books, Prototype and How to Survive a Shipwreck, with a third book coming from Zondervan in summer 2020. He holds degrees from Gardner-Webb University, Pentecostal Theological Seminary (MA) and Duke University (ThM).
While the product of the sweat and sawdust of the tent revival, Jonathan believes in a really big, wide tent—where all of you is welcome; and he preaches a love that is hotter than any hellfire and brimstone. At 6’5”, he is known for his commanding frame and bold preaching, but also a voice made tender from his own experience of finding God on the underside.
Finding God at the intersections, He moves fluidly between secular and religious contexts, between the academy and the Church, and between local churches with pipe organs, B-3 organs, and electric guitars. Wherever he goes, the message is always the same: no matter who you are, where you’ve been, or what you’ve done—God is at work, to bring beauty out of your brokenness. He has carried this message to churches (Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC; Willow Creek Community in Church in Barrington, IL; Ecclesia Church in Houston, TX; Woodland Hills in Minneapolis, MN; Word of Life in St. Joseph, MO; The Father’s House in Rochester, NY; Hope Fellowship in Frisco, TX), universities and seminaries (like Princeton Theological Seminary and Southeastern University), conferences (Evolving Faith; Water to Wine Gathering) and events/retreats all over the world (places like Australia, Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, Kenya, South Africa, Ireland, Sweden, Italy, Mexico and Canada). He has served as a pastor and church planter.
Jonathan’s work and/or words have been featured in places like the New York Times, The Atlantic, NPR, Newsweek, Vox, Sojourners, The Huffington Post, and Relevant Magazine, and he has published in scholarly journals, like The Journal of Pentecostal Theology.
Currently, he lives in Oklahoma City, OK (with his small Havanese dog, Stella!) where he serves as the Lead Pastor of The Table.