Jon Petersen, raised by missionary parents in Tokyo, Japan, has been dedicated to reaching cities most of his adult life. After graduating from Biola University in 1974, he began church planting amongst the counter-culture youth during the 1970’s, Jon, his wife Mindy and three children then moved into the Red-Light district of Amsterdam in 1981, serving with Youth With a Mission for thirteen years.
After extensive evangelism, church planting and prayer ministry into Eastern and Western European cities, the Petersen’s were led back to the United States in 1994, setting their sights on California’s capital city, Sacramento. In 1996, Jon joined Ed Silvoso and the Harvest Evangelism team to equip the Body of Christ to reach cities in North and South America, Asia and Europe. .
Jon has a rich understanding of God’s principles of rebuilding broken cities and nations and a passion for Christian unity that results in a life-style of prayer and evangelism of city-dwellers. While traveling for Harvest Evangelism, Jon remained based in Sacramento, ministering as a “servant leader” to the growing network of pastoral and intercessory prayer groups in the Sacramento area.
With the assurance that God’s purposes for the Petersen’s in Sacramento were complete, they were sent by Church leaders in Sacramento to live and minister in Kansas City. At that time he was received by the Midwest Ministerial Fellowship and the Citywide Prayer Movement to partner together to reach that city for Christ. During this season, Jon also served as Associate Pastor of Metro Christian Fellowship in Kansas City until the Spring of 2005 and launched CityForce, an organization dedicated to serving citywide pastors and leaders in their commitment to minister to God together, seek his purposes over the city and extend His glory to the whole city. These leaders are marked by a lifestyle of pursuing friendship with each other, interceding for the city and equipping disciples of Jesus that extend his Kingdom through multiplying small communities of love to all peoples and arenas of city life.
In 2006 Jon and Mindy moved to Colorado where they now live in the Rocky Mountains, a base from which Jon helps to give input into the International 24-7 Prayer Movement and gives oversight to the 24-7 Prayer Movement and Boiler Room church plant network globally. Focused prayer is sweeping many churches and denominations around the world which in turn, is birthing new communities of faith across the nations. Jon through CityForce and 24-7 is helping to bring strength, encouragement and definition to this move of God. Jon continues to teach and consult leaders and movements across the United States, Europe and Asia.
Jon and Mindy’s three kids have produced eight granddaughters and one grandson all eleven years of age or under – joyful pandemonium