The Reverend Jonathan Chesney
Jonathan was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, and spent much of his life trekking northward and southward for family and for education. Calling Birmingham, Alabama, home as a young man, studying English and creative writing at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, returning south for summers in the woods at Camp McDowell, he remained active in the Episcopal Church from high school on and eventually discerned a call to ordained ministry while serving as a youth minister in Montgomery. He followed his Scottish grandfather’s footsteps to Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained a priest in 2014 at Holy Trinity in Auburn, where he served as associate rector.
Remaining active in ministries at Camp McDowell proved the best decision of his life when he met Ali there while she was the director of the Farm School, and she eventually agreed to marry him.
Jonathan spent a year doing intensive pastoral training as a hospital chaplain in Chicago and comes to Holy Communion to continue, develop and lead the active pastoral care ministry already present, as well as take part in the other priestly ministries of the parish. Jonathan and Ali love spending time with their dog, Banks, enjoying the outdoors, and among many other interests, cooking, traveling, and scheming about future adventures.