Jonathan Hayashi

Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Missouri
Disaster Relief Chaplaincy
Pleasant Valley Baptist Church
October 29
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About My Family

I became a Christian at age 16 when I heard and responded to the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from Moody Bible Institute with a double concentration in pastoral ministry and biblical studies, a Master of Arts degree in congregational leadership from Moody Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Educational Ministry degree in biblical counseling from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

I have assisted in Southern Baptist life in various local, state and national roles. I presently serve on the executive committee at Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, Mo.) and on the board of trustees at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

My wife, Kennedi, and I have four children: Kaede, Seiji, Anna and Ren.

About My Ministry

I am an SBC-endorsed disaster relief chaplain with the Missouri Baptist Convention. I have served as senior pastor at Northern Hills Baptist Church in Holt, Mo., as worship pastor at Troy First Baptist Church in Troy, Mo., and as assistant pastor at Uptown Baptist Church in Chicago, Ill.

I am a contributor to the bi-weekly journal, “Pathway” (Missouri Baptist Convention). I also served as a commissioner for the Missouri Commission of Human Rights and was the vice chairman for 2021. I have been fortunate to publish articles for various websites, several scholarly journal articles, a book review and my doctoral dissertation. I am the author of “Ordinary Radicals: A Return to Christ-Centered Discipleship” and “Making Lemonade: Turning Past Failures into Gospel Opportunities.”

SBC Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy is a vital frontline ministry and extension of the local church. Chaplains reach the lost among the thousands of men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces, correctional facilities, healthcare settings, public safety, disaster relief sites, and corporate environments. SBC Chaplains care for the broken, offer hope to the hopeless, and advance the gospel of Jesus Christ in hard-to-reach places.
The qualifications expected of a Southern Baptist applying for endorsement as a chaplain or counselor are established by their institution and the Chaplains Commission, SBC. These qualification requirements vary according to the type of chaplaincy or counseling ministry involved but all are expected to meet a high level of ministerial competence.


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