Jon Denney – Senior Pastor

resume-photoJon Denney has served as the senior pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church since 2013. He is committed to expository preaching that explains the text of Scripture, and practical ministry that depends on the sufficiency of Scripture.

He has been in pastoral ministry for 21 years, having previously served churches in Oklahoma, Missouri and Washington. He also served full-time at City Union Mission for 6 years.

Jon’s training has included a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) in Expository Preaching from The Master’s Seminary, a Master of Divinity (M.Div) from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Certification as a Biblical Counselor from the International Association of Biblical Counselors.

Jon and his wife, Sharon were married in 1992 and they have two children: Stephen and Rachel. Their great joy in life is being able to serve the Lord together.

A Brief Testimony from Jon

My life was forever changed in 1991 when I began to read what I assumed was an anti-Christian book. It was titled The Seduction of Christianity. However, it was not what I expected. As I began reading, I was challenged by some simple, yet profound questions that I had never asked myself before: How do I know that the things I believe are actually true? Have I believed those things simply because I want to believe them? Have I been surrounding myself with those who only tell me what I want to hear? The answers to those questions presented me with some very harsh realities. I realized that I had no basis for the things I believed; I simply believed them because they allowed me to live as I pleased. And I began to see that I only listened to those who either reinforced, or at least did not challenge, my comfortable views. I realized that I could not be honest with myself and continue to live according to the beliefs that I had created for myself if they were not true. To do so would be to live in fantasy, rather than reality. The book then proceeded to introduce me to biblical Christianity. The more that I read, the more I became persuaded that what I was reading was true. It was revealing the state of my own heart and it also began revealing the heart of God–that He is merciful. There is hope for forgiveness for something that I had often heard of, but had never understood: sin. Sin is when choices are made with no consideration of God and whether the choice is good and right; the main (and usually only) consideration is how it effects me. Yet, God sent His Son into the world to die on the Cross to pay the penalty of sin, which is death, for everyone who will repent and believe in Him. Before I could finish reading the book, I became convinced of my need for God’s forgiveness and I placed my faith in Jesus Christ. Since that day in 1991, my desire has been to share the life-giving truth of God’s Word with anyone who will listen.

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