THEN AND NOW
In 1977, Skidaway Island Community Church held the Island’s first ‘church service’ in a temporary firehouse. Blending faith traditions, the original ninety charter members joyfully gathered, ultimately intending to construct a multi-purpose worship, meeting, social and educational space serving the entire community.
Fifty years ago, Skidaway Island was just beginning to develop, attracting families to its lush coastal setting with attractive housing and recreational amenities. Recognizing the opportunity to organize a start-up community of faith, Savannah Presbytery secured a nine-acre site at the intersection of Diamond Causeway and the State Park access road.
As the Island’s population grew over the ensuing years, so did SCC. Today, the Church campus includes:
An acoustically prized, light-filled 425 seat sanctuary building housing a digitally enhanced organ, 25 – person choir chancel and state-of-the-art chancel, lighting and sound capabilities
A two-story Christian Education and Administrative wing with 6 classrooms, a children’s nursery, the Island’s popular Preschool teaching and recreation complex and a dedicated rehearsal space for adult and youth choirs
An expanded fellowship / dining / meeting / reception facility, accommodating a steady flow of civic, cultural, social and educational programming
A Memory Garden and Columbarium, providing a quiet place for interment of ashes of members, their spouses and family members
OUR MISSION: Love God. Love Your Neighbor. Change The World.
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), when he met his wife, Kara. 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. His third call was as Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Akron, Ohio.
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, Jon and Kara have two sons named Liam and Nathan, and two dogs named Tate and Apple.
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