Jon Jennette and Howard Tello, pastors serving in Upper Columbia Conference churches, were both ordained in separate services in January.
Jon Jennette, pastor of Grandview, Prosser and Sunnyside churches, was ordained on Jan. 8, 2022, at Sunnyside Church, in Sunnyside, Washington.
Eric Brown, UCC ministerial director, was there to present the candidate. “Jon has already made an impact on these small churches,” said Brown. “God has plans for Jon, and I am excited to see what is in store.” Rodney Mills, UCC vice president for administration, gave the homily, and David Jamieson, UCC president, presented the certificate.
Jennette was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He was baptized in June 2007, attended the Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism by July 2007, and was doing full-time Bible work in January 2008.
Following his evangelism training, Jennette did Bible work for ten years. During the last four of those years, he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in theology at Walla Walla University. Jennette and his wife, Frances, were married in 2011 and have an eight-year-old daughter.
Howard Tello, pastor of Chewelah and Deer Park churches, was ordained on Jan. 29, 2022, at the Chewelah Church. Pierre Steenberg, assistant professor of religion at Union College, presented the candidate.
“Howard has an amazing journey to share, and I believe God has called him to this conference for a special reason,” said Brown. Mills gave the homily for Tello and also presented the certificate of ordination to him.
Tello started church ministry at the age of 19. Serving as a Bible worker, evangelist, senior pastor and a developer of leaders, he has added value and made an impact wherever he leads. He desires to inspire men and women to yearn for God with all of their hearts, minds and souls. He is eager for them to reach their fullest human potential through Christ and to impact the lives of all those they contact.
Tello and his wife, Hannah, have three children: Isaiah, Ariana and Gabriel.
“God has been using both these men to change lives,” said Brown. “I am so pleased to see them join the ranks of ordained pastors.”