Mondo Gonzales, Pastor
One of my favorite life Bible verses is Ephesians 2:4-5 where we are told that God “who is rich in mercy, because of His great love for us, Has made us alive together with Christ”. I grew up in the beautiful state of Oregon, but was not raised in a Christian home. Yet, at 18 years old, God reached out of heaven and showed me His mercy by giving me new life and purpose in His Son Jesus. Soon after, God gave me my lovely wife Angela and blessed us with three wonderful daughters (Allie-20 yrs, Emily- 18 yrs, and Sarah-16 yrs).
God then called our young family to the Midwest where I served as a youth pastor and senior pastor for 9 years. It was also during this time that I had the joy of getting trained in the backgrounds and theology of the Bible. I attended Moody Bible Institute where I received a Bachelors degree and studied the Jewish background of the Bible along with pastoral leadership. I really had a strong desire to continue to learn the background of Scripture so it would sharpen my ability to teach. I went to seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and received a masters degree in Biblical and Near Eastern Archaeology and Languages. A fancy title simply to mean that we had the honor of learning the richness of the culture, history, theology and original languages of God’s Word.
During that time, I also had the privilege of traveling to Israel on five occasions, Egypt and Jordan twice, Turkey, Greece, Patmos and the opportunity to lead two tour groups through the land of Israel.
After we left the midwest, God moved our family to serve three years at a church in Washington state and now have the privilege of serving at Tahoe Community Church. God continues to show me the riches of His mercy in calling us sinners into His service. I thoroughly enjoy the outdoors, trail running, mountain biking, as well as attempting to be an amateur astronomer. If you want to catch a trail, talk theology, or observe the Milky Way, shoot me an email and we’ll make it happen!
My academic interests include Bronze and Iron age Near Eastern Archaeology, 2nd Temple Period, New Testament, and ancient Semitic Languages (and modern Hebrew). In addition to archaeological pursuits in Israel and Egypt, I have been participating on a project with the Peruvian Ministry of Culture in seeking to ascertain a more definitive genetic history of the Paracas People group.
Who says we have to be limited to only one discipline? 🙂 I am a C.S. Lewis fan and have spent many years writing a comprehensive study guide on the Screwtape Letters. I have finished Volume 1 and am working on Volume 2.
You can find more info at: www.screwtapestudyguide.com
Some articles that I have written that hopefully are enlightening or encouraging:
Is There Really a Separation of Church and State? Understanding the Historical and Judiciary Context