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NRF Leadership

The NRF community is made up of many wonderful, God-fearing people all working together to navigate this life in spirit and truth.

Our goal for assembly leadership is not like most traditional Churches or Synagogues. We do not seek to uphold a model of leadership with a single head Pastor or Rabbi who presides over the Body. Rather, we have affirm that Biblical leadership means a plurality of leaders engaged in serving, overseeing, and pastoring the congregation. These leaders are not self-appointed, but were interviewed and approved by the assembly, in accordance with Scripture (Deuteronomy 1:13; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9).

At NRF, our leaders share the burden of shepherding and teaching the congregation. When we first started public meetings, we had two overseers / pastors who shared the burden of leading and shepherding the congregation. At present, with the departure of one of our leaders, we have only one pastor. However, our goal and the model we seek to uphold is that of plurality.

Below you'll find a little information about our current leadership team.

To learn more about the Biblical principle of plurality of leadership, check out our article: Leadership in Torah Observant Communities Part 1.

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Jonathan Brown | Ro'eh (Messianic Pastor)

Jonathan is a Software Engineer by trade, a writer by passion, and a teacher by calling. He and his wife Elisabeth have 5 children, a dog, 3 cats, and about a dozen reptiles. He writes and publishes his posts at torahapologetics.com.

Jonathan was raised in the Torah Observant walk, and attended a Messianic Synagogue as a teenager, where he discovered a love for the synagogue style of service and worship.

He is currently enrolled online at the Rawlings School of Divinity at Liberty University, where he is working on completing a Master's degree in Biblical Languages (est. completion May, 2022). He plans to eventually pursue a Ph.D. He is a member of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL).