Rev. Jonathan Page was called to be Senior Minister of First Congregational Church in August 2015. Educated at Harvard College and Yale Divinity School, Jon formerly served at the undergraduate chaplain at Harvard University’s Memorial Church under Rev. Peter Gomes and later as the Senior Minister of United Church of Christ-Congregational in Ames, Iowa. Jon also previously taught at Eton College in England, Groton School in Massachusetts, and at Yale University.
Jon has a deep and abiding passion for social justice. While working at Harvard, he organized and led the “Right to Serve Tour,” a four state bus tour with acts of civil disobedience to protest Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Also at Harvard he helped organize a major conference on climate change for 350.org. While in Iowa Jon sat on the board of the Interfaith Alliance, an advocacy group focused on the separation of church and state, and was heavily involved with AMOS (A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy), the IAF affiliate in Iowa. Since moving to Houston, Jon co-founded and was the first president of the Faith Leaders Coalition of Greater Houston, an organization of progressive faith leaders involved in political advocacy.
Jon is the author of Ringing the Gotchnag: Two American Missionary Families in Turkey, 1855-1922 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009), a study of the evolution of American Protestant foreign missionary work. He was a regularly columnist for the Iowa state-wide LGBT newspaper and the Ames, Iowa daily newspaper. He is currently at work on two book length writing projects.
Jon is passionate about the role of progressive churches in 21st century American society and the power of churches to transform lives and our communities for the better. He is a former board member of the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus, the LGBT group for Harvard alumni. Jon is openly gay and lives in Montrose.