Associate Pastor for Congregational Care and Youth
Jonathan Lamb is Bridgewater UMC’s Associate Pastor of Congregational Care and Youth Ministries. In 2021, he was ordained an elder in The United Methodist Church. He serves as the youth minister at Bridgewater United Methodist Church. His first appointment as a Pastor was at Christ and Fields United Methodist Churches in Shenandoah, Virginia where he has served for the past three years (2017-2020). Under his Pastoral leadership, Fields Church was successful in effecting handicap accessibility to meet the needs of their congregation and the community. Jonathan’s ministry has been shaped by Jesus’ teachings in Matthew 22:37-39: "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself" (Common English Bible). Jesus' words continue to shape Jonathan’s ministry by guiding him to listen with compassion, share with others in joys and in heartaches, give freely of himself and his gifts, and love all those he meets.
Jonathan grew up in Luray, Virginia where his parents and extended family continue to live. He attended Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and went on to Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Following seminary, Jonathan served as a hospital chaplain at Lynchburg General Hospital. As he enjoys spending time outdoors, Jonathan served five summers at Camp Overlook in his early twenties as a counselor and he continues to minister to children and youth at Camp as a volunteer chaplain in the summers. You may see him running and biking through the streets of Bridgewater or enjoy a hike with a great view in the countryside. He is excited for this new time and looking forward to working with everyone at Bridgewater UMC and in the surrounding community.