Jon Sodeman

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    Director of Youth & Global MissionsI’m an Aussie and always will be, no matter how much people complain about the way I pronounce the letters ‘O’ and ‘R’! I come from Adelaide South Australia, where I lived for 25 fantastic years with my family and friends. Yes, the weather is perfect over there. Oh, and playing/watching the best sport in the world – Australian Rules Football.

    I became a Christian in 1998 and began serving at Oakden Baptist Church. I was mentored by a great man, my youth pastor Mike Glynatsis who I owe a lot to for the time he put into me, and have a lot of great memories of working alongside him in ministry.

    I worked full time in a supermarket and decided to take a step of faith and go part time in 2002 and work the rest of my time in youth ministry at the church. Shortly after I decided to apply to go to bible college at the Adelaide College of Ministries. During that year I met my wife-to-be Christa (unbeknownst to us at the time of course), which started a chain of events which led me to Canada. We were married in 2003, and we now have two children - my energetic son Justus in August 2006, and my darling Juno in May 2008.

    It’s been a long, hard journey but God's grace has overflowed in our lives. And now I have been given the opportunity by God to serve in full time ministry at our church, which had been a dream of Christa and mine for a long time. And so here we are!

    And now for some trivia about Jon:

    Quick take: I mustn’t be very quick at all because I have no idea what this question means.

    Born: Adelaide, South Australia – this city is actually dubbed ‘The City of Churches’

    Little-known facts about me: Despite all the stereotypes you people have about Australians, I actually had pet wallabies (a type of Kangaroo) at our house in the suburbs. Our house would have been easy to spot – it was the house with the 14 foot fence around the back yard!

    I hope heaven includes: My children and parents - I pray constantly that they would all come to know the Lord as their Saviour.

    My life's aphorism: I had to check Norm’s page to find out what this word means. A statement of principle? Love your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength – what could I come up with that’s better than that?

    I'd like to say to the people of Harvest: Let’s unite together and glorify God in the city of London, put ourselves aside and look to God for everything we need.

    Things I do not want to live without: God, Christa, Justus, Juno, my three cats and computers. I really like computers, even though they constantly torment me with all their problems.  But I really do hope that there are no computers in heaven!

    Hope to someday hear: ‘Well done good and faithful servant’. I can never obtain God’s approval by my works, but I hope that my works will glorify Him.  As Keith Green says "nothing that you've done remains, only what you do for me."

    Most embarrassing moment: so many to pick from, so many things you can’t say when you work at the church! Maybe I’ll leave this blank. Tell you what, come to our church and you can ask me in person.

    Passion: I am passionate about our church, and I'm very passionate about church planting.  I want to see the gospel spread through the world through the local church.  Multiplication of disciples, that is what we are here for. 

    My family: My beautiful (long-suffering!) wife Christa, my favourite boy in the whole world Justus, and my precious little Juno. My parents, brother and his family sadly live back home in Australia, however I have an amazing family here. And I’m not saying that because my father in law happens to be my boss either!

    I also have to mention my cats Roxy, Paris and Evie. They are a big part of our family!  I just wish they could puke up their hairballs on the kitchen floor instead of the carpet all the time.

    My education: Let’s see… I call myself a full rounded person, with a degree from the university of life, a diploma from the school of hard knocks, and three gold stars from the kindergarten of getting the snot kicked out of me.

    My real post secondary education is a year of bible college at the Adelaide College of Ministries.

    High: My recent high was the purchase of my Mac Pro.  Check back often as I seem to go through a lot of computers.

    Low: The 10 minutes every morning before my coffee is brewed.

    Purpose: To serve my Heavenly Father.
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