Lead Pastor: Jonah Overton
PRONOUNS: THEY / THEM / THEIRS
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Jonah is the pastor and church planter of Zao MKE Church. They love Jesus, justice, powerlifting, bacon, nail polish, and kittens.
Jonah has been a ministry junkie for many years, but has often struggled to find church communities that are boldly committed to Jesus and truly inclusive. Luckily Jonah found some incredibly inspiring leaders and communities along their journey that modeled radical commitment to Jesus, and a radical commitment to justice and inclusion for all.
Jonah noticed a pattern - many of these spiritual communities had been formed recently from scratch, doing church differently and creatively in their own context. Because of Jonah's experience with this different way of seeking God, Jonah found hope that the church could become a welcome home for all.
They are thrilled and honored to be doing that work here in Milwaukee now - building something both new and ancient, that transforms the lives of all who experience it.
Worship Pastor: Cameron Overton
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Cameron is a social worker and the lay worship pastor of Zao MKE Church. As a young, black, queer and trans person, Cameron's ministry calling is to build the church into intersectional and queer liberated space. Zao MKE is co-pastored by Cameron and his spouse, founding pastor Rev. Jonah Overton.
As Zao’s worship pastor, Cameron incorporates many styles of music into worship, so that all feel welcome (this just might include Lizzo’s new hit single!). Cameron is deeply convinced that when words fail, music speaks and brings people together.
Cameron has an undergraduate degree in Social Work (BSW) from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and holds two clinical licensures in social work and Alcohol and Other Drug Addictions.
You can find Cameron cooking large dinners for his friends, walking by the lake, playing drums in his jazz rock band, or hanging in leftist political spaces trying to break down oppressive systems.