Dr. Jonathan Hayashi became a Christian at age 16 when he heard and responded to the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Moody Bible Institute with a double concentration in Pastoral Ministry and Biblical Studies, a Master of Arts (M.A), in Congregational Leadership from Moody Theological Seminary, and Doctorate of Educational Ministry in Biblical Counseling from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Jonathan has assisted Southern Baptist life in various local, state and national roles. He presently serves on the Executive Committee at Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, MO) and serves on the Board of Trustees at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Jonathan served as Senior Pastor at Northern Hills Baptist Church Holt, Missouri from 2020-2022, Worship Pastor at Troy First Baptist Church in Troy, Missouri form 2015-2020, and as Assistant Pastor at Uptown Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois form 2011-2015.
Outside of pastoral ministry, Jonathan is a contributor for the bi-weekly journal Pathway (Missouri Baptist Convention). He also served as a commissioner for the Missouri Commission of Human Rights and was the vice chairman for 2021. He has been fortunate to publish articles for various websites, several scholarship journal articles, book review, and his doctoral dissertation. He is the author of Ordinary Radicals: A Return to Christ-Centered Discipleship and Making Lemonade: Turning Past Failures into Gospel Opportunities.
He and his wife, Kennedi, have four children: Kaede, Seiji, Anna, and Ren.
Thanksgiving to God is fundamental to a believer’s life for it is the only means of communicating with God which is inclusive of praise, prayer, and proclamation of God’s sacrificial death on the cross.
Just recently, I was told by one of our core leaders in the church that I couldn’t be vulnerable and share about my past as it would get people worried that their leader didn’t “have his life together”.
The last year or so has perhaps been the most disruptive and draining time for any church leader. This perhaps is not only for pastors or church leaders but was the most difficult year to survive navigating through making very difficult decisions.
The shepherd leaders’ job is as John Calvin said it well, “The pastor ought to have two voices: one, for gathering the sheep; and another, for warding off and driving away wolves and thieves. The Scripture supplies him with the means of doing both.”
Since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, we have needed the rescuing hand of God to deliver us from evil and sin. God’s love for us was ultimately displayed when he sent Jesus Christ to die for us on the cross, only to rise from the dead so that we may be saved.
Over the past decade or so, I have been in the second chair and now in the first chair and can see from both perspectives. Without the proper three C’s, teams can be frustrated, apathetic, or even chaotic at times.
As I look back at my bible college days and seminary years, “Context, context, context!” is crucial! Context is not just King, but is the Queen, Jack, and Spade and all! A text without a context is with a pretext.
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