Senior Pastor

When I was 16 years old, I knew that I would spend my life leading God’s people in ministry. I was born in San Antonio and raised in San Angelo, Austin, and Fredericksburg, TX, and I attended Southwestern University in Georgetown where I met my wife, Megan. I traveled to New York City to continue studies at Union Theological Seminary and served for 6 years in full time ministry in Kerrville, TX. Today, I am proud to serve God and the people of northwest Austin and Williamson County as I lead Leander United Methodist Church. I am passionate about engaging every person I meet in meaningful relationships with God, others in the church, and the people all around them. With the dreams of a reformer and the heart of a shepherd, I am dedicated to lead the church to new adventures in God’s love and power in the midst of a changing and challenging world. I love classic rock and hip-hop, ultimate Frisbee and UNO, and amazing food of any kind. Megan, my boys, Asher and Levi, and I would love to know you as friends and walk beside you in God’s amazing journey of faith.  


Associate Pastor

Jon grew up in McLean, VA, a suburb of Washington, DC, experiencing a call to local church ministry the summer before his junior year of high school. Jon attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, studying Philosophy, Religion, and Spanish. After college, Jon headed to Nashville where he completed the Center for Youth Ministry Training, in which he served as a youth director for two years before attending Vanderbilt Divinity for his Master’s of Divinity. Jon and his wife, Julianne welcomed their son, Corban in March, 2014 during Jon’s three year appointment as solo pastor of Dodson Chapel UMC and their daughter, Noelle, in December, 2016 here at LUMC. Jon was licensed as a local pastor in 2010, commissioned in 2012, and ordained in 2015.

Jon loves serving the church and leading people to more full and meaningful lives in Christ. He is passionate about fighting for justice in the areas of race, class, and gender as both a witness to and expression of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Jon believes that the love of Christ transforms us spiritually, socially, and politically. Jon hopes to be a life-long learner, understanding each experience as an opportunity to grow in wisdom and faith. His hobbies include running, watching sports, and enjoying Mexican restaurants.

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