I am Dr. Jon Wymer. Most people call me Jon. I work in Nebraska at the intersection of faith and life as a pastor in church, higher education, and military contexts.
My primary work since 2007 has been local church ministry in southeast Nebraska. From 2007 to 2009, I began my work in professional ministry as a pastor on staff with a church in the Omaha metro. I’ve been the Lead Pastor of York Evangelical Free Church in York, Nebraska since Jan. 1, 2010. York is a rural town of about 8,000 people, which serves as a regional center in part because it is a county seat and in part because it possesses a Walmart. YEFC was started in 1991 as a home Bible study, and now includes about 100 regular participants in congregational life. Most of my effort in the church falls under the categories of presentations, leadership, and pastoral care. I am also available to shoot possums, ride in a combine, and take possession of sweet corn when called upon.
Education: DMin, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (2016); MDiv, Liberty University (2009); BA, History, Bellevue University (2006).
Certifications: Facilitator, PREPARE/ENRICH (relationship inventory and skills building); Master Trainer, ASIST (applied suicide intervention skills training).
I provide leadership in higher education since 2016 as the Director of Spiritual Development for Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha. NMC is a private nursing and allied health college that is part of the Nebraska Methodist Health System and serves over 1,000 students. My primary role is to work with students, faculty, and staff to help NMC, founded in 1891 by Methodist deaconesses and related to the United Methodist Church, increasingly live out its identity as an institution with deep spiritual roots. I also consult with faculty and staff on the integration of spirituality in their work, and provide pastoral care to students, faculty, and staff.
Memberships: American Academy of Religion; Association for College and University Religious Affairs; Association of Practical Theology; Christian Association for Psychological Studies; National Association of College and University Chaplains.
My military career began when I enlisted as an infantryman in the Army National Guard in 2003. Infantry units are an excellent place to learn soldiering and leadership, not to mention cussing and chewing tobacco. In 2006, I completed Accelerated Officer Candidate School and Mounted Officer Basic Course prior to deploying to Operation Iraqi Freedom where I led a platoon of Nebraska cavalry troopers. After my return home in 2007, I certified my insanity by becoming a chaplain candidate in the Army while simultaneously taking my first job as a pastor and enrolling in graduate school.
Since 2009, I have served in the Nebraska Army National Guard as a chaplain. From 2009 to 2014, I worked in two different battalions first in Omaha and then in Grand Island as a military staff officer, adviser to the commander, and direct provider of pastoral care to approximately 400 soldiers and families. Since 2014, I have worked in two different brigade-level units as a supervisory chaplain. I currently work as the Brigade Chaplain of the 67th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Lincoln, supervising four teams that provide religious support to over 1,700 soldiers located from Omaha to Scottsbluff and everywhere in between.
Training: Brigade Chaplain Functional Area Qualification Course (2016); Combat Medical Ministry Course (2012); Chaplain Captain Career Course (2012); Chaplain Basic Officer Leader Course (2008); Mounted Officer Basic Course (2006); Accelerated Officer Candidate School (2006); Infantry One Station Unit Training (2004).
Reach me anytime: RealJonWymer [at] gmail.com
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[this page was last updated Oct. 24, 2016]