Pastor Jonathan Kehren has been pastor of Jerusalem since October of 2015. He was born and raised in Marshall, Minnesota and later went on to Martin Luther Prep School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, graduating in 1987. He began preparing for the pastoral ministry at Northwestern College in Watertown, WI graduating in 1991. Pastor Kehren received his Master of Divinity degree from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI in 1995. During his seminary years, he served his vicarage year at Grace Lutheran Church in Portland, Oregon.
While in Portland, he met his future wife, Virigina "Ginny" Gabert where they were married in 1995. She was a graduate of Western Oregon State University with a degree in Geography. She has worked as a Geographic Systems Analyst and as secretary for Atlantic Research Corporation. Ginny serves as a teachers' aide at Jerusalem Lutheran School.
Before coming to Jerusalem, Pastor Kehren has served as pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Manassas, Virginia (1995-2002), Peace Lutheran Church in Eagle River, Alaska (2002-2007), and Hope Lutheran Church in Penryn, California (2007-2015).
In his free time, Pastor Kehren enjoys history, playing organ, trumpet, singing, camping, hiking, and biking. Pastor and Ginny have two sons: Joshua and Jason. The family feels very blessed to be part of the Jerusalem family.