RBC Spotlight: Jonathan Gill, Manager of Operations

Posted On February 19, 2021

Have you met Jonathan Gill, our manager of operations? From managing the school budget, to overseeing campus security, to maintaining the café and bookstore, and more, he’s always working behind the scenes to ensure that RBC runs smoothly for our students, staff, and faculty. Recently, we sat down with Jonathan to ask some questions about his life, faith, and service here at RBC.

When and how did you come to faith in Christ?

I was raised in the Christian faith by godly parents, but I did not come to know who God was until I providentially stumbled across Reformed theology in my late teenage years.

How do you serve at your local church?

I have been the music director at my church for the past two years. I am always excited to gather with our local congregation on the Lord’s Day to worship and glorify the Lord.

What’s your favorite book of the Bible or favorite author?

The Gospel according to Mark. I love the brevity of Mark and his usefulness as a helper to Peter and Paul, despite his shortcomings.

What do you have a passion for?

I spend a lot of time studying blues and folk fingerstyle guitar. When I was growing up, my parents were always involved in leading music at church. Their influence at that young age developed my interest in rhythm, melody, and harmony. Like most people who begin playing guitar, I had big dreams of stardom, but slowly I began to simply love the instrument for personal enjoyment. I mostly play traditional songs from the early and mid-20th century.

Why do you enjoy working at RBC?

No one really does what we do at RBC in the way that we do it. We educate students in the Reformed classical tradition with a focus on the ultimate truth of who God is. Our students use our curriculum to biblically engage with the secular culture.

What aspect of working with students do you find rewarding?

Witnessing humble growth in wisdom, not merely articulation of the truth.

How would you describe the community or culture at Reformation Bible College?

It is an intimate academic community, zealous for spreading the knowledge of God.

How have you seen students mature while attending RBC?

Often when students show up to Bible college or seminary, they are only prepared to debate the finer points of heavy theology; but it is heartening to see so many of our students grow in their love for their local churches as they study here at RBC.

If you weren’t on staff at RBC, what would you be doing?

A sailor.

What are your favorite hobbies or pastimes?

Playing guitar, listening to albums, and bike riding.

Do you have a favorite sports team?

The Pittsburgh Penguins.

Do you have children?

My wife, Sarah, and I have four children, who are six, two, one, and eight months.

How long have you lived in Florida?

I’ve lived in Florida for five years. Before moving to Sanford, I was stationed in Maine for four years, and we lived just across the border in New Hampshire. I also lived in Virginia for six years, although much of that time was spent overseas. I grew up in Huntsville, Alabama.

What activities do you enjoy doing in Florida?

Alligator watching.

What did you do before working at RBC?

Before working at RBC and Ligonier Ministries, I spent ten years in the U.S. Navy. Initially, I worked in search and rescue, transitioned into intelligence, and capped off my duties by instructing at the Navy’s survival and resistance school.