Rev. Jonathan Gardner, Associate & Worship Pastor
Jonathan is married to Shelly and they are the parents of a two sons, Nathanael 26, and Jon Leighton 16. He enjoys personal time with his family, boating and skiing when possible and also playing basketball with Jon Leighton.
He is a graduate of Cumberland College, Williamsburg KY with a B.S. in Business and Education; and The Southwestern Theological Seminary, Fort Worth TX with a Masters of Church Music degree. Since then, God has blessed and allowed him to serve as a minister of music in a part-time capacity for thirteen years and in full time ministry for twenty years.
Shelly is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Physical Therapy. She is employed by McLeod Health Center Seacoast in Little River, SC. as a physical therapist specializing in pediatrics. She compliments Jonathan’s ministry by being a dedicated wife and mother who is very active in children’s ministry activities, choirs, teaching and other outreach ministries.
God has given me great joy and fulfillment in this life. He has consistently brought me to the place He wanted me, in His time, and for His purpose. Through each of my experiences, and especially the adoption of our oldest son from Russia and the trauma of the shooting at Wedgwood Baptist Church in 1999, God has strengthened my faith and confidence in Him. His Word reminds me that I am nothing without Jesus Christ; the One who is my strength. I am humbled that He would allow me to be expendable for Him in order to bring Him glory.
Through the years in ministry, I have grown people musically in knowledge gained through the study of music theory, and choral and vocalization techniques. Yet much more importantly, my ministry has been about developing personal relationships with people in the church and the community reflecting the relationship I have with Jesus. Whether it is as a worship leader in the corporate experience, in the rehearsal setting, over a cup of coffee or at a basketball game with my son, my passion is to live a life in worship of God.