Jonathan was born in Roanoke, VA in August of 1985. His family moved to Wilson, NC a few years later and this is where Jonathan grew up and went to school. He attended elementary through high school in Wilson. Throughout high school, Jonathan felt a calling to ministry which really came to the surface in college. Jonathan went to college at East Carolina University where he graduated with a B.A. in Communication. It was here that he met his sweetheart Christina Nicole. At ECU, Jonathan became very involved in Campus Crusade for Christ and served on the leadership team as well as on mission trips. Coming in to his junior year, in 2005, he married Nicole and they finished college.
After college Jonathan began fully seeking the calling God had placed on him for ministry. He and his family moved to Wake Forest to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jonathan graduated with an Mdiv in Pastoral Ministry in May of 2012. He worked as an associate pastor for a year in Greenville, NC, where the Lord continued to pull him towards church planting as He had for many years. In 2013, Jonathan came on as a church planting intern with Wilson Community Church and he worked towards a future plant in Nash County, NC.
Jonathan, Nicole, and their three children, Nathaniel, Addison, and McKenzie moved to Rocky Mount in January of 2015 to plant EastGate Community Church. On September 27th of 2015, EastGate Community Church was officially launched at Rocky Mount Academy.