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Meet the Team


Rev. Dr. Jonathan Mitchell

Acting Co-Pastor

Rev. Jonathan Mitchell is a native of Massachusetts, where he grew up in a restaurant family.  Before entering the ministry, he pursued academic interests in philosophy, comparative religion and language.  He holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an M. A. in Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborg School of Religion. Since ordination, he has served ministries in Washington DC, Wayfarers Chapel, and San Diego. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and the study of natural history.
“It is a great joy to watch a vision become reality. As a colleague in ministry, I was there for the journey as Rev. Anna gradually unfolded the vision of an urban garden sanctuary where people would work together, worship together and eat together. And now here it is: the Garden Church, three years old and blossoming in downtown San Pedro. Dreams can indeed come true!
It has been a delight over the last three years to dig into this ministry:  planting, harvesting, making new friends, sharing meals, preaching, serving on the Garden Church Board of Directors, and above all, seeing God at work. As we come together to feed and be fed we are nurturing each other and finding new and creative ways to serve our community. I am excited at the prospect of helping to cultivate this church plant from its start-up phase into a strong and sustainable ministry.”