Jonathan White will be in concert at Plymouth Heights Church of the Nazarene, 25 Arnette Drive (behind Green schools), Franklin Furnace, Ohio on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.
Jonathan White found a deep love for singing at an early age. He has been singing since before he can remember. His mom and dad would stand him up in the front of the Church and have him sing with his brothers and sister. In 1991, Jonathan was married to Sheila.
However, despite this happy time in his life, tragedy soon struck his family. Eight months after he was married, May 16, 1992, to be exact, a drunk driver ran a red light going 90 mph and hit his parents’ car. His father died instantly, and his mother lived for 16 days in the hospital before she went home to Heaven.
Despite having only been married nine months, Jonathan and his wife Sheila took on a new role, as both his 10 year old sister and 16 year old brother were now under their care. It seemed like the Whites were entering a new, brighter phase of life when they found out that Sheila was pregnant the year following his parents’ accident.
Jonathan and Sheila were soon informed after their daughter’s birth that the baby more than likely had Down syndrome. Jonathan was angry, disappointed, confused, thinking that God had given them second best.
However, God has proven that He knows exactly what He is doing, and He gave them the very best that He had. Jonathan has written a song about Brittany, and through their situation, they have been able to help others cope with having a child with disabilities.
A few years later, Jonathan and Sheila were blessed with another child. Austin was born in February of 1996. He has grown into a wonderful young man.
It is through these trying times that Jonathan has found his goal in life. His main goal in ministry is to encourage Christians in their walk with God, and to let them know that sometimes things happen that may seem horrible, but God can turn it around for good. Some of the things we think are burdens may turn out to be the greatest blessing we ever receive.
Jonathan has had the opportunity to sing for many different kinds of audiences. From the Grand Ole Opry, to the Bill Gaither Homecoming Concert Series, to the little church down the street. Jonathan is willing to sing for God just about anywhere to any size crowd.
He has learned it’s not about the size of a crowd; it’s about ministering to each individual that has come to the concert. He gives the same emotion and heart regardless of whom or how many are there. It’s all about reaching others for Christ. It is so exciting to have someone come forward and accept Christ as their Savior. It continues to amaze him that God would use him in this capacity to further His kingdom.
Pastor Andy Ramey invites the public to attend this time of praise and worship. For further information, call 740-354-9021.