Jonathan was born in Peru, where his parents were missionaries. He grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and completed his undergraduate education at CIU in 1998. After working for a couple of years in Columbia as an audio/visual technician, and then in Austin, Texas, as a web application developer, he finally discovered his passion for teaching through involvement in local church ministry.
Jonathan received his MA in Philosophy from Biola University in 2006, and taught for a term at Scott Theological College (now Scott Christian University) in Machakos, Kenya, before beginning his doctoral studies at Saint Louis University in 2008. He completed his Ph.D. in 2015 and worked for SLU as a grant project manager until receiving the call to CIU in 2017.
Jonathan and his wife, Julie, were married in 2008, and have three children, Evalia, Ethan and Emmett. Jonathan enjoys going on family adventures, playing with his kids, reading good books, and having good conversations.
Jonathan's desire for himself and for his students is to learn to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves, and so become true lovers of wisdom.