Born and raised in Sacramento, CA, Jonathan was blessed to grow up in a wonderful Christian household with godly, Jesus-loving parents who taught him the gospel from an early age. He experienced God’s saving grace and trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ at 6. In high school, after having numerous opportunities to preach in various contexts, he began to pray and seek the wise counsel of leaders in his local church to discern whether God was directing him towards the path of pastoral ministry.
After graduating from the University of California, Irvine with a BA in Classics (2015), Jonathan returned to Sacramento to work for several years as an accountant for the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), before then moving across the country to Louisville (2018) to pursue theological training at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he would go on to receive both a M.Div (2021) and a Research Th.M (2022).
Throughout his time in seminary, Jonathan served as a deacon and a Sunday school teacher at Cedar Creek Baptist Church, while occasionally providing pulpit supply preaching at various local churches in the greater Louisville and southern Indiana regions. He accepted the call to the pastorate at Franklin Street Baptist Church in July 2023, began serving in August 2023, and was formally ordained and installed as Franklin Street’s preaching elder January 2024. In addition to his pastoral role at Franklin Street, Jonathan serves as a Teaching Assistant (Garrett Fellow) at Southern Seminary and Boyce College, and also substitute teaches for the Jefferson County Public School District.