Hello StoneBridge! I’m Pastor Jon Saur.
My personal sense of call is to deeply study the scriptures, hear the Word of God, and share that word with a community through preaching, teaching, and relationships. I strongly believe that the resurrection of Jesus is the most important event in history and want to help others place their hope in the good news of Jesus' resurrection and in the resurrection to come.
I was born and raised in Mission Viejo, CA. After receiving a degree in Communication Studies in 2006 from Westmont College, I began my career as a congressional staffer, working as a District Representative in Santa Barbara, CA. After a couple of years in this role, I felt the call to pastoral ministry and enrolled at Fuller Seminary in 2011.
Shortly thereafter, I became the Director of Youth Ministries at Presbyterian Church of the Master in Orange County, CA, the congregation I’d grown up in. I earned my Master of Divinity in 2015 and was ordained as the Associate Pastor of John Knox Presbyterian Church, Seattle in 2016. While working at John Knox, I completed my Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Seminary, with an emphasis on Biblical Preaching.
I enjoy reading – Biblical studies, theology, history, and literature of various genres - and have an extensive personal library. My passion is proclaiming God’s Word, equipping the people of God for the mission of God, and being a part of congregational life.
I’m married to Emily, who is a Physical Therapist. We have a son, JD, who will be celebrating his first birthday soon. Together, we enjoy watching TV shows and movies, watching sports, reading fantasy novels, and running. Emily enjoys rolling her eyes while I spend far too much time on fantasy sports. Emily also puts me to shame when we play actual basketball. We’re devoted Laker fans!
Most importantly, we’re both excited to connect with StoneBridge and are excited about the possibility of working alongside StoneBridge to further share the love of God with Simi Valley.