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.
Though brought up in a family and community of strong faith and a love for God’s Word, I did not really begin to see and submit to the work of God in my life until He began to call me out of sin and into the glory of the Gospel when I was in high school. Since then, He has done amazing work, and I cannot wait to see where He leads. As a believer and a worship leader, he has crafted in me a desire to reach the nations with the Gospel and, locally, lead people in connecting with Him through music that speaks the essence of what that Gospel means.
I am also raising my support/ salary to serve Soma for this year; if you would like to support him with a financial gift or commitment, visit https://somajc.org/give and choose the “Intern” tab when you give online.