Soma Community Church
Rev. Jon Nelson, Director of SOMA Jefferson City
Raised between the country and the inner city of Kansas City, he attended a local Missionary Baptist church, and there, quietly declared his atheism. Not until college did he read the Bible cover-to-cover, which began his journey towards Jesus. After receiving Christ, Jon immediately began pursuing changes that led him from an avid atheist to a pastor. Years later, Jon has graduated from Midwestern Baptist Theological College after leaving Westside Family Church as the College, Young Professionals, and Single Adults Pastor. He has recently started a ministry at Lincoln University called Soma. If you’d like to learn more about Soma, please visit www.somajc.org.
Jon is a passionate communicator, innovative thinker, and the leader of communities that call participants to lives that make much of the glory of God. Jon endeavors to be a resource enabling people to effectively reach their community by leading Biblically faithful and culturally relevant lives. His greatest joy outside of Jesus is being married to his wife Heather and being a dad to their children.
Rev. Peter Livingston
Pete and his wife Debbie came to Concord in August of 2006 from Oklahoma City. They are a multi-racial family with 7 children, five of them adopted from around the world. Having African-American, Cambodian, Hispanic and Bulgarian children in addition to two birth children has been an experience they cherish. The Livingston family left Oklahoma City, where they had been for 14 years and where Pete had transitioned from corporate CEO to ministry. Ministry was not the life plan they had for their family but it clearly has been God’s plan. While in Oklahoma the marriage ministry – Radically Married – began and has taken them around the world in seminars and counseling. The Livingstons have been blessed to be a part of the Southern Baptist Convention’s “Kingdom Family” emphasis as their personal ministry interests are in seeing marriages and families become the powerful, fulfilling relationship that God intended them to be. Pete is a graduate of The Ohio State University and holds a Masters of Ministry from Tennessee Baptist Seminary.
The Livingstons have recently accepted 2 year assignments and been commissioned by Concord to work with a leading child sex-trafficking abolition ministry operationally based in Asia. They will be working with Agape International Missions to Prevent, Rescue, Restore, and Reintegrate children who have been enslaved. To find out more or to follow their progress visit www.AIM.radicallymarried.com.