About Jono

My name is Jono (short for Jonathan) Cyrus Adams, and I am a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

I currently serve the Boswell-Benscreek Parish in the Allegheny Synod.  The parish consists of two congregations in Northern Somerset County, PA: St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Boswell, PA; and Benscreek Lutheran Church, Thomas Mills, PA.

I grew up in Delmont, Pennsylvania where I attended Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church.  I went to school in the Greensburg-Salem School District and graduated in 2008 with honors.  I’m also a proud graduate of West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV with a degree in Geography and an emphasis in Geographic Information Science, or more simply, computer maps.

In May 2016, I completed my Master of Divinity degree at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, with honors in preaching and church history.

On June 11, 2016, I married my wife Bekah.  We currently live in Somerset with our black lab Tebow.

As much as my faith defines who I am, there are lots of other defining parts of my life as well.  I am a musician, competent with multiple instruments, having marched in WVU’s famed Pride of West Virginia marching band as a trumpet player and rank leader.  I was the president of WVU’s chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national men’s music fraternity.  I am also a volunteer, during my time in Gettysburg, I served as a Fire Police Officer with the Gettysburg Fire Department.  Before that, I was a member of a volunteer search and rescue team since my senior year of high school, and I have been involved in numerous searches for missing or lost subjects, and have assisted during numerous disaster situations throughout West Virginia.  I love dogs, the outdoors, technology, and my friends and family.  I consider myself very much to be a normal (albeit, quirky) guy.

While I strive to be the best person I can possibly be, I don’t feel that my faith makes me any better of a person than you or anyone I might meet on the street.  Please don’t lump me in with the radical Christians who hate everyone or the high and mighty’s who think they know the only path to salvation.  The God that I believe in is all about grace and unconditional love.  God doesn’t love me because I’m good, I’m good because God loves me.

  1. I just found your blog today and I really enjoy it! I am also going through candidacy in SWPA and preparing for the entrance interview. It’s great to read someone else’s thoughts and feelings about the process.

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