Trinity United Methodist Church
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Love. Serve. Grow.
Director of Music
(615) 896-0413 Ext. 31
A little about Jonathan:
Born in a small town in Southern Illinois, Jonathan Lingle began to show musical promise at the age of three by plucking out television commercials on the family piano. Before long, he was writing songs and had become very active in the arts and music programs of his hometown church and schools. At fifteen, Jonathan joined a traveling summer ministry, Highest Praise, and for the next three years, began to tour through various parts of the nation and thereby became accustomed to performing in front of very large crowds.
While a student at Greenville College, Jonathan’s own music began to grow and transform into that of a gifted songwriter. With a musical style that was often compared to Rich Mullins, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Michael W. Smith, Jonathan completed two tours showcasing his original songs throughout the Midwest. His audience ranged from small country chapels eager to hear new inspirations, to large, booming churches that welcomed his new face and fresh sound. He appeared on several local and regional radio shows, competed and won many talent and writing contests, and, most intriguingly, was able to take his music around the world through an evangelistic mission trip to Paraguay and Brazil.
After graduating from Greenville with a degree in Music Composition, Jonathan continued working with churches on a more personal level, accepting a call to work directly with the youth of two separate churches over the span of four years. During that time, Jonathan become reacquainted with, and married his high school sweetheart and best friend, Elizabeth, to whom he has now partnered with for seventeen years. Four children, a life filled with seasons of peaks and valleys, grace, and love, Jonathan returned to his original calling of genuine worship with a message of freedom through Christ’s redeeming love by accepting a position with Trinity United Methodist Church as the Director of Music in 2010.
Jonathan has worked with 180 Degrees Ministries, MasterMix Music, as well as in various Middle Tennessee churches, leading and teaching how to worship God intimately. While a member of the band, 14 Generations, opportunities such as opening for recording artist Shaun Groves and performing for local and regional youth and special events presented themselves as well.
With the ability to play and lead various styles of music, as well as his proficiency on several instruments including piano, guitar, saxophone, mandolin, lap and hammered dulcimer, Jonathan continues to pursue a personal relationship with his Savior draped in his love for worship through meaningful lyrics and original music. His heart and persona ring a sound that continues to attract audiences, provide encouragement, and place the joy of God in the hearts of the many who already love him.