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Get to Know the Collage Staff: Jonathan Lumbard

Every so often we like to introduce you to one of our Collage staff members or volunteers to help you get to know them a little bit. During these Q&A blogs, we’ll ask them about their role at Collage, their families and we’ll try to give you an inside scoop into their lives to discover their favorite movies, most embarrassing moments or other fun things you’ll find interesting.

This week we want to introduce you to Jonathan Lumbard, one of fantastic board members.

Jonathan, thanks for making the time to sit down and answer a few questions for our Collage Center blog readers.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering on the Collage board?

I love being part of an organization that brings hope to people in possibly the hardest season of their life. I also just love the friendship and like-mindedness around the board room table.

 

Would you share a little about your educational and professional background?

I went to high school in Chandler, AZ.  Then I did some non-traditional education through INSTE Bible College which is a distance learning model. I was enrolled in INSTE while I was interning at a Church in Spokane, WA and then continued this non-traditional route while on staff at a church in Des Moines, IA. I graduated from INSTE Bible College in 2004. I worked as a staff pastor in Des Moines, IA, Cedar Rapids, IA, and Kearney, NE. After 4 ½ years on staff at the church here in Kearney, NE I was voted in and hired as the Lead Pastor following the retirement of the church’s founding pastor, Greg Mast.

 

When you not working, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy reading books and articles on various subjects. I enjoy writing, traveling, spending time with the family, and watching some good tv shows never hurt anybody right?

 

You mentioned you love spending time with your family. Will you share a little about them?

My wife Becky and I were married April 12th 2008. As of this writing we have 3 little girls ages 6, 2 ½ , and 11 weeks… I am so out numbered, but I love it.

 

You said you’ve lived in Arizona, Washington, and Iowa. What is your favorite thing about living in Central Nebraska?

I’ve always enjoyed living in larger cities so I miss that, but where I live in Kearney, NE actually has the feel of both a larger city and a small community to me. It has a university but only has 30,000 or so people and lots of farming communities that surround it. I feel like there is a fair amount to do and it’s relatively safe to raise a family. When we get the itch for a little bit bigger city we can drive 2 or 3 hours to Lincoln, or Omaha.

 

Now we move into the hard questions where we get to know the real Jonathan.  We’re going to put you on the spot and ask what is one thing that you are just absolutely no good at doing?

I am no good at doing my own taxes… That is why I married Becky. Well, maybe not the only reason.

 

We’ll just hope Becky doesn’t see this blog post. But if she does, you’re in big trouble. Other than the chance of Becky seeing this, what’s one of the scariest things you’ve ever done?

I went deer hunting in the afternoon one day with some friends and forgot a flashlight. I didn’t need it most of the time, but when it started to get dark I was getting a little nervous and then my cell phone died. My friends were all spread out in the woods quite a distance from me, so when they were done hunting I started yelling, “Marco…” eventually I heard, “Polo…” and I knew I was safe.

 

What is your favorite TV show or Movie?

I’m a huge 24 fan and I love the Bourne movies.

 

What are some things that make you really happy?

When my girls meet me at the car when I get home or come running to me when I walk in the door. I love it. Dates with my wife and family vacations.

 

Do you have a most embarrassing moment you would share with our readers?

We were on a family vacation at a waterpark and I reached down without looking to take my daughter’s hand. I walked off a little ways with someone else’s kid. Becky yells, “Jonathan that’s not Kayleigh”. The little girl said, “he tried to take me”. Yeah, I saw that going differently in my head.

 

Yeah, that could have ended up being a bad situation. So other than attempted kidnapping ;), what accomplishment are you most proud of?

I wrote a book a few years ago. I’m pretty proud of that.

 

Speaking of books, what were the last 2 books you read?

Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni and Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code by Samuel R. Chand.

 

Would you describe yourself as an introvert or an extrovert?

I’m kinda split between the two. I like people and I’m kind of a homebody sometimes… It really depends on my mood. If I’m around people too much I need to just be home with the family… If I’ve been home too much I need to get out and be with people.

 

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life without getting sick of it, what would it be?

I love food… this is so hard! Probably some good authentic Mexican food.

 

If you could hop on a plane today and fly anywhere in the world, other than for some of that Mexican food, where would you go?

Probably some European trip like Italy, Spain, England, Germany, etc.

 

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?      

 “You only ever lead to the level that you can handle pain.”

 

Do you have a favorite quote to share with us?

“I can do anything for a short period of time that I’m not willing to do for the rest of my life”.

 

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

Before I decided to go down the road of becoming a pastor I had a huge passion to be an actor on tv and movies.

 

Is there anything else we need to know about you?

I love coffee, especially Starbucks!

 

Jonathan, thanks so much for spending some time with our readers and letting them get to know you a little bit. If Jonathan shared something you liked, we’d love for you to let him know in the comments and we may even be able to get him back if you have any other questions.

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