In the fall of 2014, Rev. Jonathan Priest, his wife Beatrice and their daughter Evelyn (4) relocated from Brooklyn, New York to Capitol Hill in Seattle. Prior to coming to Trinity Lutheran in Seattle, he served as the pastor of the Lutheran Church of St. John the Evangelist for 12 years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Concordia College, Seward, NE and a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.
During his time in Brooklyn, Pastor Jonathan shepherded an ethnically and economically diverse congregation in the rapidly gentrifying inner city. By 2012, the membership of the congregation comprised both an economically and ethnically diverse mix of African Americans, Hispanics, and recent transplants to New York city from other parts of the country and world.
Over his 12 years of service in Brooklyn, his congregation partnered with numerous service organizations including HIV/ AIDS care, Affordable Housing, and Iranian political refugees. In the last few years before coming to Seattle, Pastor Jonathan led his Brooklyn congregation to redevelop her school facility into an arts performance space for the Bessie award winning dance company, Third Rail Projects. Since its opening, their performance of “Then She Fell“, an exploration of the life and faith of Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland), has received the highest acclaim from such publications as the New York Times, Variety, and Vogue magazines.
Seattle is not Brooklyn. But the challenges that Christians face in the Northwest are similar to the other coast: How to selflessly love Jesus, listen to Him, and serve His neighbors.