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.
Mar’Che Boggess – Rooted (College) Ministry Intern
Mar’Che is a native of Kansas City, Kansas. She is also a recent graduate of Lincoln University where she earned a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism. She is now using her storytelling skills to tell students about the hope they can find in Jesus.
In her free time she enjoys writing, trying new restaurants, and photography.
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.