Jon serves as the Rector at St. Stephen’s. Ordained in the Diocese of Oregon, he received his Masters of Divinity from Bexley Hall Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Jon served seven years in the Navy, in the Submarine Service aboard the USS Will Rogers and also later served in the Coast Guard Reserve in Portland, OR. Prior to ordination he worked as an engineer in the high tech industry. He has lived all over, including Australia, England and Zimbabwe, though his ancestral roots are in Marshall County, WV so in many ways he feels he has come “home” by accepting the call to St Stephens. Jon is married to Nikki (Gadoury) White and they have one daughter, Zella as well as a house full of cats and dogs.
Fr. Adeeb serves as an Associate Priest at St Stephen’s and his ministry has taken him all across southern West Virginia over the past 40 years; and though officially retired, he continues a very active ministry at St Stephen’s as well as at St Andrew’s in Mullens.
Pastor Wanda Childs
Wanda is pastor at St Luke Lutheran Church, but is a frequent collaborator with Fr Jon and occasionally leads worship at St Stephen’s in Fr Jon’s absence. She is also co-pastor of Pathways, our satellite location in Athens, WV.