Pastor Jon C. Nelson – Lead Pastor
Raised between the country and the inner city of Kansas City, he attended a local Missionary Baptist church and there quietly declared his atheism. Not until college did he read the Bible cover-to-cover which began his journey towards Jesus. After receiving to Christ Jon immediately began pursuing changes that led him from an avid atheist to a pastor. Years later, Jon graduated from Midwestern Baptist Theological College after leaving Westside Family Church as the College, Young Professionals, and Single Adults Pastor.
Jon is a passionate communicator, innovative thinker, and the leader of communities that call participants to lives that make much of the glory of God. Jon endeavors to be a resource enabling people to effectively reach their community by leading Biblically faithful and culturally relevant lives. His greatest joy outside of Jesus is being married to his wife Heather and being a dad to their children.
Asha Faison – Rooted (College) Ministry Intern
Asha is originally from Topeka,KS and moved to Jefferson City, MO to attend Lincoln University. After joining and being baptized at Soma She was asked to help lead our woman’s campus bible study group, church worship team and had the privilege to
disciple other students alongside her peers. After graduating Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Asha worked at Moreau Heights Elementary as a para-professional.
Asha has worked very hard this year making connections with the students and staff at Lincoln University. Each week Asha meets up with the college students and gets to talk about the Gospel with them. She has been able to establish a regular meeting spot in the cafe where they gather and talk and get to dig into controversial concepts while digging deeper into those relationships! We have been able to have a few events for our college students and have seen numbers grow. At our first event we had about 20 students show up and at the spring retreat we took 5 students! We have also expanded our organization by using social media which has provided an opportunity to involve our students more. Please pray for our college students as they continue to face new challenges that the pandemic has brought and that these relationships will grow deeper!
Emily Stallings – Administrative Assistant
Emily has lived around Jefferson City most of her life and is a graduate of Jefferson City High school and attended Ozark Christian College where she received her bachelors of Art in Counseling and Pastoral Care. Emily moved to Jefferson City to marry her husband Roosevelt and started attending Soma. Additionally, she has recently rediscovered her love for baking and has started a small business so she can share her wonderful creations.
She is a bison enthusiasts, adventure seeker, Yellowstone lover, loving wife and Christ follower.