Jon J. Cardwell is a wretched sinner saved by God's free and sovereign grace. He lives in Anniston, Alabama with his wife, Lisa, and his mother-in-law, Virginia. He has four grown children and two grandchildren. He is the pastor at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston after having ministered as a missionary and as a missionary-pastor in the Philippines, California, and remote bush Alaska.
He is the author of the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified, the CEO of Anniston Web Services and freelances as a copywriter, publisher, ghostwriter and video producer through Eclectic Cattle Productions, and the founder and overseer of Free Grace Tentmakers. Jon has also held the office of vice-chairman of the national Sovereign Grace Baptist Fellowship (2009-11), and was elected as chairman on September 13, 2011 and reelected to serve another year in 2012.
His Christianity has been shaped tremendously and influenced deeply by such redeemed sinners as John Bunyan (1628-1688), Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892), John Newton (1725-1807), and Granville Gauldin (1929- ).
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in San Diego, California and grew up as a military dependent. I was the son of a career Navy man, who was the son of a career Navy man-- that's right, I'm the son of a son of a sailor. So it was no surprise to anyone that I also joined the Navy when I reached adulthood. Because we were a military family, we traveled a lot, about every two to three years on average. The various environments and cultures, not only in my upbringing, but also in my adult life as a Navy deep sea diver, provided a lot of material for life experience in non-fiction, as well as stories and anecdotes for my fiction works.
When did you first start writing?
I actually began writing at a very young age, as young as seven years old; and even through high school. It was really horrid, silly, stupid stuff. I stopped for many years when I left college and joined the Navy. I started up again as a missionary pastor in Alaska, desktop publishing Christian non-fiction material for the congregations I served. So my real start in writing began about 2002-2003.
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