Jon grew up as a young cowboy in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Here he enjoyed ranch lifeÖto include hunting, fishing, haying, horseback riding, and roping. As a youth he joined FFA where he learned to weld and work on small engines; he also joined 4-H where he enjoyed showing horses/cattle at stock shows and team roping at rodeo competitions. A passion for the great outdoors and flying, he would later receive his private pilotís license to fly small aircraft.
After completing high school and college, he married the love of his life, Peggoty Autry of North Carolina. As a registered nurse she provided for the family as he attended and graduated from North American Seminary in South Dakota and Southeastern Seminary in North Carolina. Upon graduation they both took a short term missionary assignment to the Netherland Antilles, and immediately thereafter he joined the United States Air Force as a chaplain. After he and his wife served our nationís finest Airmen and families, he retired from the military after 28 years. Assignments include: Nebraska, Washington DC (twice), South Dakota, Alabama, Wyoming, the great Republic of Texas, South Carolina, Louisiana and six years in Germany.
Shortly after retiring from the military in 2011, he was called to serve as pastor of the historic Marble Community Church in the great state of Colorado.
Jon and Peggoty have two wonderful grown children, a daughter Rylie, and a son Joshua. In Marble, both Jon and Peggoty are joined by a beautiful companion, a yellow Labrador by the name of Starbuck. If you canít find Jon or Peggoty at the church or parsonageÖlook for them hiking in the outback enjoying Godís wonderful creation!