Name: Jonathan White
Hometown: Nashville, Tennesse
College: B.A. from Belmont University in religion and communications, 1995; Master of Arts in Christian Education with a concentration in Collegiate Ministry from Southern Seminary, 2006
Hobbies: Spending time with family, drinking coffee, watching M. Night Shyamalan movies and reading Sherlock Holmes mysteries
Favorite Quote: “Life comes down to one thing: knowing Christ and making Him known.”— Charlie Hall
Bio: Jonathan White moved to St. Louis from Nashville, TN, to begin working as MBU’s campus minister. White is charged with molding students’ spiritual formation, overseeing Student Ministries Council and finding opportunities for students in local and foreign ministries and missions.
White formerly served as the college pastor of The Church at Crosspoint in Murfreesboro, TN. While there, he founded Bonhoeffer’s Coffee Shop, a full coffee bar and ministry located adjacent to Middle Tennessee State University. He also helped and encouraged students to participate in mission trips in Thailand, Africa, Canada and Mexico.
White has been married to his wife Melissa for 12 years. They have three children: Leah, Austin and Brady.
If you could trade places with anyone for day, who would it be?
An Egyptian archeologist.
What is your advice to an incoming MBU student?
Die to yourself and follow Christ everyday.
What are your life goals?
To be whole-hearted for Jesus, to love my wife and to be a daddy to my kids.
What is your favorite thing to do on a Tuesday night?
Watch episodes of The King of Queens with my wife after the kids have gone to bed.
What is your favorite blend of coffee?
Grande non-fat, sugar-free vanilla latte with whipped cream
What is your favorite place on campus?
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Allowing God to be Lord of my life and teaching college classes (while holding a grande coffee).
Why work at a Christian university?
I enjoy the direct ministry to college students and the ability to teach classes.
Where do you like to spend time in St. Louis?
The Hill, The Loop and The Valley
Favorite song on today’s Billboard charts?
The Super Mario Brother’s theme song (It’s on the Billboard Ringtone Chart).