I'm Pastor Jon Hartkopf, and I serve as the Associate Pastor here at Calvary Independent Baptist Church. I received my undergraduate training at Pensacola Christian College and went on to complete my Master of Divinity degree through Liberty University. While I was working on staff at Pensacola Christian College in FL, God called me to move to PA with my family to serve at Calvary. We moved here in the summer of 2020 and since then have been setting down roots and enjoying serving the Lord alongside Pastor Cartwright.
I am passionate about discipleship and helping people come to know Christ personally. Knowing God is not a religion -- it's a relationship that will change your life forever. The Bible is not just a "moral compass" that's good to follow every now and then. No -- It is God's very word given to us to guide our lives, providing help for every situation we face and instructing us how to live.
I would love to have the opportunity to meet you inside or outside of our church doors! If you have questions, need prayer, or would like to connect with me, please send an email.
Pastor Jon Hartkopf
My Salvation Testimony
I have not always been a Christian; but I am thankful that God gave me parents who knew Him as their Savior and who faithfully shared the gospel with me from the time I was born. I remember trying to process what they were teaching me, but it was not until God convicted of my own sin that the gospel finally made sense to me. At the age of five, I told God that I knew I was a sinner and that I could not go to Heaven because of that. I knew that Jesus had died on the cross for me and that He was the Son of God, and I asked God to forgive me of my sin. When I did that, I know that He saved me. He saved me from the punishment I deserved for my sin - the punishment of death...eternal separation from God in Hell.
Because I was saved at a young age, I was not involved in any type of great sin; but before I knew God, I was the same as any other human being. I had chosen to do things that I knew were wrong and those actions separated me from God (Romans 3:23). I realized that the punishment for my sin was death -- eternal separation from God in Hell (Romans 6:23). It was a fearful revelation of understanding to realize that there was nothing that I could do to restore my relationship with God. I needed to accept what Jesus did for me in taking my place and dying on the cross to pay the penalty for my sin (Romans 5:8), and I needed to receive Him into my life (Romans 10:13). The biggest change I have noticed in my life is an unexplainable love for people. I have never experienced adulthood without Jesus; but it is very clear to me that God loves me greatly, and that I have a responsibility to love God and to love other people with that kind of love (Luke 10:27). There is no way apart from God, that I would be able to display that sort of compassion to other people.
If you don't know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, you can ask Him to save you and He will. Please reach out to me if you have questions!