Jon Mark Vermilion is the “Pastoral Elder” here at FBC. He writes about himself:
An old popular Southern rock band once said, “American by birth and Southern by the grace of God.” I was blessed to be born in America and in Virginia, but I am most thankful to be born anew in Jesus Christ (John 3:3) and to serve alongside brothers and sisters in the great state of Maine.
I was raised in Lynchburg, Virginia, with my brother and two great parents who are now walking the golden roads above with the Author of all life. My father was my spiritual mentor and it was on his death bed that he said: “Jon, whatever you do with your life, do it for Jesus Christ.” My journey with Jesus began at around age 11 and my father’s death was the turning point in my life, and when I heard Jesus call me to full-time ministry.
My interests after high school were in art, drama and ballet. I made my way to the North Carolina School of the Arts and finished my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at The Art Academy of Cincinnati. After college I married my wonderful wife, Robin, who is my best friend. We both joined the staff of Campus Crusade for a brief time and served at Duke University while I completed my Master of Divinity degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. From there we have served churches in southern Germany; an interim pastorate in Virginia; Lewiston, Maine; Nice, France and now back to the great folks of Maine. In 2003 I received my Doctorate in Ministry from Gordon Conwell while studying the effects of Postmodernism and culture on the Christian Church.
I get the greatest joy walking with God, spending time with my wife and children (Mason, Addison and Lily) and our church family. I also enjoy gourmet cooking, acrylic painting, the ocean, European cars, traveling, gardening, making a good cup of espresso/cappuccino, etc.
Two important verses to me are Ecclesiastes 12:1 “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, 'I have no pleasure in them.'” And Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the Day of Jesus Christ.”