Jon Denney – Senior Pastor

Jon Denney has served as the Senior Pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church since 2013. His ministry is grounded in a two-fold commitment: expository preaching that explains the text of Scripture, and practical ministry that depends on the sufficiency of Scripture.

Jon has served in pastoral ministry since 1993, and he also served in rescue mission ministry full-time for six years at City Union Mission.

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 read what I assumed was an anti-Christian book 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 things simply because I want to believe them? Have I listened only to those who tell me what I want to hear? The answers to those questions startled me as 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. I began to see that I only listened to those who reinforced, and did not challenge, my comfortable views. It began to dawn on me that I was not going to be able to continue going through life as if none of these realizations had happened. To do so would be to live in fantasy, rather than reality. All of these thoughts were occurring as I was continuing to read the book, which began to explain what biblical Christianity is. The more that I read, the more I became persuaded that what I was reading was true. Just as it had revealed the state of my own heart, it began to reveal the heart of God–that He is loving and merciful. There is hope for forgiveness for “sin,” which was a term that I had often heard of, but had never understood. Sin is rebellion against God. It occurs when a choice is made with no consideration of God and whether the choice is good and right in His eyes; the main (and usually only) consideration is how it effects me. Sin bears the penalty of death. This is why God sent His Son into the world: His death paid the penalty for sin and is available for everyone who will turn from sin and believe in Jesus. 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 what I received–the life-giving truth of God’s Word–with anyone who will listen.

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