Citing two passions in his pastoral ministry, a higher level of Biblical literacy in the local church, and leading/equipping local churches to become fully and holistically vital in their witness, Jon brings 20 years of experience in local church ministry and leadership to Anchor Park and East Anchorage. ”We believe we have gifts and graces, experience and continuing education that will enhance the vital and vibrant ministries at Anchor Park and East Anchorage UMC’s.”
Born in Iowa, Jon attended Iowa State University and received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education. After 8 years of directing church and school choirs, Rev. Disburg answered his call to ordained ministry and attended Boston University School of Theology, earning his Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies.
Before his appointment to Alaska, Rev. Disburg was an associate pastor and pastor with churches in the Des Moines, IA area. Of serving with his wife in this ministry Jon shares, ”We have served in two team ministry settings in our career and had great success in both settings. We enjoy working together and our strengths and weaknesses compliment each other. We enjoy finding ways in which congregations can synergistically combine their unique gifts to build a stronger unified presence in ministry than they would by working independently.”
Rev. Disburg is a full member of the Iowa Annual Conference. He and Leila are the parents of two adult daughters.
Living and working in Alaska has its unique challenges as The Alaska United Methodist Conference covers an area twice the size of Texas. Some of the mission stations can only be reached by boat, plane, or dog sled. Temperatures can vary as much as 160 degrees in some areas. The extremes of day light and darkness (depending upon the time of year) add to the sense of stress and isolation. Alaska is uniquely beautiful and depressing. With over 600,000 persons who call Alaska home, the church bears witness to the Creator who bears the face of Christ and seeks to make disciples in His name.
Jon Disburg is available for Covenant Relationship support in Iowa Annual Conference .
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