Jon volunteers in Flip Flops, the Sandals Church babies to preschool ministry, and manages a local printing company where he graciously prints resources and materials for the church. He is a lover of people, a willing hugger and is married to Stephanie. Together Jon and Stephanie have two children, Dane and Faith.
I always knew that Christ was there and walking beside me through my life. Though the presence of Christ was not a question for me, I felt let down by this concept because I never felt that I was worthy of God.
Jon and his family in 1999. Jon hid an addiction to painkillers from his wife and family for more than ten years.
In high school, I was extremely unsure of myself and my insecurities led me to initially begin smoking pot. This initial attraction eventually led me into a desire for meth and cocaine, and I eventually had a full-blown drug addiction.
I was even using Vicodin as a way to avoid pain when I got married and tried to hide my addiction from my wife for ten years.
I started coming to Sandals Church and heard a sermon from Pastor Matt about sin and what sin does to a person’s soul. That was the moment that I decided this life of lying and addiction just was not for me anymore.
I remember I fell to my knees, raised my hands to God and asked Him to take everything from me, so He eventually did.
My journey was not a story of amazing transformation where everything perfectly fell into place. My story is about the change that God challenged me with in order to make me a better man of God. This required full disclosure of the struggles I had been dealing with, not only to my wife, but also to those around me.
Jon’s willingness to be honest ultimately led him to a life of freedom to share his story and also begin the journey towards healing. Now he participates in the Real Healing ministry with drug and addiction recovery and also touches the lives of individuals who have the opportunity to know him.