Pastor Jonathan and his family came to Elm Springs United Methodist Church after pastoring churches in Heber Springs, Arkansas and Nicholasville, Kentucky. He completed his Master of Divinity degree at Asbury Theological Seminary and his Bachelor of Science degree from John Brown University. Before seminary, the Griesses served overseas for several years as missionaries in Germany. Their two children were born there during that time.
“While the culture and the Church are constantly changing, God’s love does not,” Griesse said. “Jesus will still find us when we’re lost, use us when we feel useless and love us when we seem unlovable. I’m living proof.”
Jonathan is a current member of the Institute for Clergy and Civic Engagement and is most passionate about preaching/teaching and using innovative approaches to share the love of Jesus with people who are not part of a church.
When he’s not in the office or out serving the Northwest Arkansas community, you can find Jonathan playing with his kids, riding his mountain bike or tackling DIY projects around the house. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or on his website/blog, griesse.org.