Ministry Directors

Jonathan JP Parker, Director of Worship & Arts
work: 219.663.3643
Jonathan was born and raised in Valparaiso.  Growing up as the youngest of 5 children in a musical family, he began playing the violin at an early age and quickly gravitated towards guitar and piano by age 12.  Following his graduation from high school, Jonathan enlisted in the US Army and served for 3 years in Germany as the battalion commander's driver and personal body guard.  After that, JP studied electronics at Valparaiso Technical Institute where he gained an associates degree.  In pursuit of furthering his education he got his degree in music production from The Recording Institute in Chillicothe, OH.
Jonathan has spent the better part of the last 20 years touring the world as an audio engineer and production manager for musical groups such as Wilco, The Fray, Andrew Bird, and The Freddy Jones Band.
Jonathan and his wife Tanya live in Valparaiso and have 3 children, Simon, Marlie and Miralise.  They enjoy spending time playing board games, making crafts and playing outdoor sports such as soccer, track and bicycling.