Hi, I'm Jon.
I initially started writing this bio in the third person (you know; “Jon is a wonderful, gifted and talented human... etc), but it seemed a little strange as I’m reasonably sure you all know that I would be writing it myself. So instead, let me simply say ‘Hello’.
Hello is an important word.
It’s a way of acknowledging each other’s presence and getting to know where we are, and who we are.
If you wanted to know a bit about me, I would tell you that I have a full life. I am married to a beautiful woman, Nina, and we have three kids: Micah, Caleb and Maya. I love my family more than anything and hope that we can all live big, adventurous lives together. I also teach and work at Vose Seminary in Western Australia. It's work I love, and something I am deeply greatful that I get to do.
I’m a pastor, a teacher, and a passionate follower of Jesus. If I’m being perfectly honest, I need to let you know that I haven’t quite figured out the best way to follow Jesus yet. If I’m being even more honest I kind of hope I don’t figure it out. I enjoy the journey and adventure of faith too much for that. I do, however, have some thoughts, some questions, and some things to share – and this is where I do that. This is a place for us to embrace our questions together, a place for us to say hello to the natural curiosity we have about the deepest things of life.
I love to read. It’s the way I came to realise that there was more out there than just my life, but there is only one book that I’ve ever read over and over again. It’s a book called In the Shelterby Padraig O’Tauma. Right at the end of that book, he sums up why the concept of Hello is so important – and as I read it, I realised that this is the journey I hope we can all go on: the journey of embracing God, ourselves, and the world in which we live. With all of its chaos, confusion, and profound beauty.
So let me say: hello. I hope you enjoy your stay.
“Every morning, I kneel, waiting, making friends with the habit of listening, hoping that I’m being listened to. There I greet God and my own disorder. I say hello to chaos, my unmade decisions, my unmade bed, my desire and my trouble. I say hello to distraction and privilege, I greet the day and I greet my beloved and bewildering Jesus. I recognise and greet my burdens, my luck, my controlled and uncontrollable story. I greet my untold stories, my unfolding story, my unloved body, my own body. I greet the things I think will happen and I say hello to everything I do not know about the day. I greet my own small world and I hope that I can meet the bigger world that day. I greet my story and hope that I can forget my story during the day, and hope that I can hear some stories, and greet some surprising stories during the long day ahead. I greet God, and I greet the God who is more God that the God I greet. Hello to you all.” – Padraig O’Tauma