Chaplain Jon answered the call to ministry after working 12 years in finance. He received a BA in Business Administration from Hope College and a Master of Divinity from Western Seminary in Holland Michigan. After graduation Jon served as a pastor for 11 years before joining Good News Jail and Prison Ministry as a full-time Chaplain in 2015. Prior to joining Good News, Chaplain Jon served as a ministry volunteer for Good News in Sheboygan, WI.
Jon and his wife Tammy moved to Florida where Jon is serving the spiritual needs of the inmates and staff of Brevard County Jail in Cocoa, FL. While serving as a ministry volunteer for Good News, God captured his heart for jail and prison ministry. God’s love and promise of forgiveness and reconciliation have been and continue to be driving forces in Chaplain Jon’s ministry. The promise and fullness of 1 John 1:9 “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness: is a joy and privilege to share with those in need. Jon and Tammy have two children, Mitchell and Amy, both college students.
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Chaplain Nancy Diesel Oliver has been involved in ministry for most of her life. She and her husband, Bob, have been foster parents to over 300 children over the years, and adopted have 13 children, most of whom are now adults. She has worked with people with disabilities, including severe mental illnesses, as well as the deaf and the intellectually disabled. She has her Bachelor's in Social Work from University of Central Florida, and was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 2015 after 4 years of study at the Institute of Christian Studies in Winter Park.
Her recent employment includes being a vendor for the State of Florida, helping people with disabilities to get jobs. In that capacity she has also done Pro Bono work helping felons find employment. She also serves on staff at St. Luke's Church in Orlando, with an emphasis on outreach to the homeless and mentally ill in Orlando. In June of 2016, tragedy struck Orlando with the killing of 49 people in the Pulse night club. Nancy was the only clergy at ORMC waiting with family and friends of the victims for word on where their loved ones were. She was there that night at the hotel when death notifications were being given. Nancy has been certified in individual and group crisis intervention.
Nancy has been a volunteer for the Chaplain's office here at the Brevard County Jail for over 5 years and was hired as a full time Chaplain in February 2017. She lives in Titusville with her husband, Bob, and 2 of her children and a three year old grandson. Bob is retired from the US Coast Guard after 20 years and retired a second time after 12 years at Royal Oak Medical.