Harvest Chicago West, IL
Jon Kelly was born in Chicago, but raised in Philadelphia, PA. Growing up, he spent most of his teen years selling drugs, in and out of detentions centers, and trying not to get killed in the streets. His poor decisions finally landed him in prison at the age of 19 for his role in a shooting that left a young man dead. It was in a prison cell facing a life sentence that Jon received a copy of God’s Word. Beginning in the book of Matthew and reading through to Hebrews, he was gripped by the gospel and forever changed. Now a new Christian and planning to spend the rest of his life in prison for his crime, Jon was shown mercy by God and sentenced to 6-20 years. After serving 6 years, he was released on parole and began serving at Christian Stronghold Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. It was there that he met his beautiful wife and best friend, Danielle, while they both served in the youth ministry. In 2011, Jon moved to Chicago and enrolled at Moody Bible Institute where he studied Systematic Theology. While pursuing his degree, he served as a Family Pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel Cathedral located Downtown. Ever since coming to Christ in that prison cell, Pastor Jon has had an intense burden to preach the gospel and make disciples to the glory of God. Jon is excited and grateful to be the Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel Chicago West.
Jon and his wife Danielle have been married for 5 years and have one son, Benjamin. They also have another son due in Spring 2016. Pastor Jon loves reading, spending time with family & friends, and cheering for any Philadelphia sports team.