MEET ENCOUNTER’S NEW LEAD PASTOR

JON FIELD

Jon’s ministry life began in Calvary Church where he grew up in Los Gatos, CA. God used the ministries and people of Calvary to lay a foundation of faith that launched him into a life of fruitful ministry.

After graduating from Biola University, Jon served as the Middle School Director for Calvary. He then was called to Hawaii to launch a youth ministry from the ground up at a church plant on the island of Oahu. Jon then transitioned to a new role as Pastor of Ministry Development in the same church. While in Hawaii, Jon was licensed by the EFCA and later ordained at Pathway Church in Gresham, OR, where he served as a pastoral intern while attending seminary. Jon received both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology from Western Seminary in Portland, OR. Over two hundred people helped support his extended ministry preparation during his seminary years.

Following seminary, Jon became the Lead Pastor of Grace Church where he is currently serving. Over the last 16 years under Jon’s leadership, the church has transitioned from a small traditional church to a thriving modern church that is reaching a diverse community for Christ. God has blessed the ministry with many people coming to Christ, being discipled and growing in their faith.

FAITH JOURNEY

I grew up in a strong Christian home and my mom led me to Christ at the age of seven. During my junior and senior year of high school, I went through a season of significant questioning of my faith. God met me in a very personal and powerful way which launched me into a great season of growth in Christ as a young adult.

During my childhood, my father suffered from severe medical challenges which left him disabled for the remainder of his life. Seeing Christ lead our family through many challenges helped me develop a strong dependence on Christ and a compassion for people.

God has used the last sixteen years at Grace Church to shape me as a pastor and as a follower of Christ. The mountains we have climbed together as a church and valleys we have walked through have all caused me to look back and rejoice in God’s faithfulness.

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GETTING TO KNOW JON

People describe me as loving, faith-filled, loyal and adventurous. I believe God has called me to be a visionary, shepherd-leader who guides a church into new areas of discipleship and Kingdom expansion. My love for people and my love for Christ are two driving forces in my life.

I enjoy spending time with people in the great outdoors whether it’s yearly backpack trips with my kids, fly fishing with friends or traveling to explore new places.

I am looking forward to making long-standing friendships at ENCOUNTER and welcoming many new people into the community. My love language is time spent whether a quick meal or a spontaneous hike. My door is always open and I welcome drop ins at the office. I always feel like I have capacity for one more friend.

A few random facts that you will know about me in time: Apricot scrub and sunscreen are the two products that keep this bald head smooth and shiny; Coffee and pizza are two of my favorite food groups; And I have been known to start unprovoked water wars with strangers and loved ones.

THE FIELD FAMILY

My wife Amy is my greatest encourager, friend and ministry partner. She loves to open up her life and our home to help point people to Christ. Amy is truly an amazing woman of God and has the unique ability to connect with just about anyone. She thrives in an authentic community where she is able to experience deep friendships. We will soon be celebrating our 24th anniversary.

Katie is a junior at Westmont University and studying business. She has never met a dog she doesn’t think is cute no matter how many people might disagree. Jessica is a junior at Biola University and is preparing to become a Social Worker. The only thing that can wake her up to her alarm in the morning is the promise of a great adventure. Joshua is a junior in high school and loves participating in all kinds of sports and hanging out with friends. He has been known to randomly improvise contemporary dance moves. Anytime. Anywhere. As a family, we love to go to the beach, camp, backpack, go to Lake Tahoe and hang out with friends.

VISION FOR ENCOUNTER

God has used many things to draw my heart to ENCOUNTER. Your desire to have teaching that reaches the unchurched and inspires Christ followers is reflective of my fundamental view of Biblical teaching. The church’s heart for world and local missions that reaches the nations both here and abroad is a deep commitment in my life. Finally, ENCOUNTER’s pioneering effort in the region to start a thriving Celebrate Recovery ministry matches my desire for being a part of a church that has Gospel-centered restoration ministries.

It would be a great honor to be called as your Lead Pastor and begin a new adventure of faith as a church family. I believe God is leading us to discover together His path for the future as we ENCOUNTER GOD, ENCOURAGE PEOPLE, AND ENGAGE THE WORLD.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. — Ephesians 3:20-21

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