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The Rev. Jonathan Hauerwas.

Jon was born in Alabama and raised in South Carolina, where he graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina. During Jon’s college career, he studied History, was received into membership of Phi Beta Kappa and served as Moderator of USC’s Presbyterian Student Association. Following graduation from college, Jon served for a year as an International Young Adult Volunteer commissioned by the Presbyterian Church (USA). His service in Edinburgh, Scotland included work as an assistant project manager at Bethany House, an emergency, short-term Christian-based homeless hostel.

Following this overseas experience, Jon attended Princeton Theological Seminary, in New Jersey, where he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree. He also completed Clinical Pastoral Education at New York-Presbyterian Hospital: The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell in Manhattan.

Jon’s first call to ordained ministry was as an Associate Pastor of Mission at Worthington Presbyterian Church in Worthington, Ohio. In time, he also provided pastoral leadership to Presbyterian Campus Ministry at The Ohio State University. Jon’s second call was as Pastor at Saint James Presbyterian Church in Bellingham, Washington. Westminster is his third ordained position.

Jon is currently working toward the completion of the Doctor of Ministry degree with a focus in Church and Ministry at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Jon is married to Kara. Together, they have two sons named Liam and Nathan, and a dog named Tate.

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