Jonathan had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home. He is the oldest of 7 siblings. After graduating with his Bachelor’s degree in Bible, Jonathan was a youth pastor for 9 years and loved riding the crazy roller-coaster of youth ministry before stepping out and accepting the calling of God to start Summit Life Church. Jonathan is currently working on his Masters in Ministry and is a certified biblical counselor with ACBC. He loves seeing lives transformed through the application of the Word of God. His heart is to disciple believers to be all that God has created them to be and to live lives dedicated to the gospel. Jonathan is madly in love with his wife Lauren to whom he attributes his love for a good cup of coffee and the Kansas Jayhawks. Jonathan loves being a daddy to his three girls; Emmy (12), Everly (10), and Elise (7) and can be found playing the prince for their tea parties or the bad guy for their light saber wars. He enjoys the gym and weight lifting, is an avid outdoorsman and huge wing eater. Lauren is a Home Management Specialist and the Director of Child Development in the Pierson household and loves her job as challenging as it can be! She loves being able to homeschool their daughters and enjoys decorating and all things creative and organizational.
Payton grew up in a Christian home in North Texas as the oldest of one brother. He had read the Bible and heard the Gospel, but never grasped the true meaning of the Gospel until after moving 1000 miles from Texas upon graduating high school to pursue a career in Motorsports and attend IUPUI. During his junior year of college, Payton felt the call into ministry. He graduated with his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from IUPUI in 2019 and began working full time as an engineer while pursuing ministry. He has served as a college ministry pastor and is currently pursuing his Masters of Divinity at Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary. His passion is to see many true disciples made and won to Christ through the power of God’s Word and the proclamation of the Gospel. Payton married his beautiful wife, Elizabeth, in May 2020 and they have two sons, Everett & Easton. He enjoys reading theology and church history, listening to live music, trying new restaurants with his wife, enjoying all the outdoors has to offer with his family, and creating great tasting smoked BBQ. Elizabeth has her bachelor’s degree in Elementary education from the University of Indianapolis and she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and traveling.
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