Jon brings a rich spirit to Thad's as our Lead Minister. He came to us from All Saints Pasadena as Senior Associate for Education and Formation for the last 3 years. Prior to All Saints, Jon served for 4 years as Priest Associate at St. James, South Pasadena where he developed education programming and ministries for adults, youth, and children and where he was chaplain for the Day School. At St. James he also composed music used in an alternative liturgy and worship community which he and others designed called “Sacramentum.” Before being ordained to the priesthood, Jon was the director of At Risk Youth Mentoring for Care Corps International in Pasadena. His first Masters degree is in Cross Cultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary with a concentration in Urban Mission. He also earned a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA where he received the St. Georges College Jerusalem Prize, given to a student who has demonstrated commitment to interfaith dialogue.
As an avid endurance athlete, Jon has completed two marathons and numerous triathlons including an Ironman race in 2008. Jon enjoys yoga, reading, writing, hiking and any opportunity to be outdoors. Jon’s most recent endurance race has been successful treatment for a rare Sarcoma cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. A native of West Michigan, Jon has two young sons, Caleb and Josiah.
Vanessa is the hub for everything going on in the Thad's community. Whether you're looking for opportunities to get involved or you want to share your own event, she is our go-to gal for general communication.
Vanessa also maintains the Thad's office Monday through Friday, where we find the magic of weekly bulletins, volunteer management, social media buzz and worship planning. You can reach her at the following address: [email protected]
Heather has volunteered with kids in the Young Story Teller's Program for low income students, mentored pre-teens & teens through the Penny Foster Program and volunteered with and for children through the many different kid friendly opportunities offered through Project Giving Kids.
Heather is married to Morgan Simpson and has three children, Levi (11), Lincoln (7) & Summer (22 months) which she considers her biggest joys.