Pastor Jonathan Conrad (PJ) was born in Statesville, NC, and raised in Winston-Salem, NC.
PJ earned his Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina State University. He worked in radio for ten years at WTOB (Winston), WSJS (Winston), WRBZ (Raleigh), and WPTF (Raleigh). Among his radio duties were producing the local morning and afternoon talk shows, announcing the weekly Trading Post show, and co-hosting a nightly sports show.
PJ followed the Holy Spirit to Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in 1999 and earned his Master of Divinity in 2003.
PJ began his ministry as Associate Pastor of St. Michael Lutheran Church (Unionville, PA). He served that congregation for 5 years. During his time at St. Michael, PJ met and married Kristen. The couple were married in August 2007.
In 2008, PJ and Kristen moved to Tucson, Arizona, so Kristen could complete an internship for her psychology doctorate. While Kristen continued her education, PJ served three congregations on an interim basis: Lord of Grace Lutheran (Tucson), Streams in the Desert Lutheran (Tucson), and Mountain View Lutheran (Phoenix).
Returning to North Carolina, PJ served at Grace Lutheran (Thomasville, NC) in August 2009. While at Grace, PJ not only served the congregation but acted as President of the Cooperative Community Ministry of Thomasville, President of the Thomasville Rotary Club, Chairperson for the NC Lutheran Synod Convocation, and Chairperson of the NC Lutheran Synod Stewardship Task Force. Also during their time in Thomasville, PJ and Kristen welcomed Paul (2014) and Maddie (2016) to their family.
PJ began his ministry at St. Paul’s in March 2017. Besides his role as Senior Pastor, PJ currently is the Dean of the NC Synod’s South Coastal Conference and is a member of the Synod’s Evangelism and Convocation Teams. He also is a co-chair of the interfaith group Wilmington Faith Leaders where he works with people across the faith spectrum to build relationships and create an impact in the community.
PJ loves to read mysteries, Crossfit, Pickleball, watch all sports especially his beloved Panthers, Hornets Nationals, and Hurricanes. You can also catch him at the latest comic book movie and trying to be the best father and husband he can be.