So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:16–18
With profound grief we share the news that on Friday evening, Pastor Jonathan Bean went to be with the Lord. Pastor Jonathan’s ministry shaped and mobilized churches across the United States and the world for the spread of the gospel. He leaves behind a wife and three kids and will be missed deeply by all who knew him.
Pastor Jonathan’s fingerprints are all over Radical’s ministry, as our attempts to equip churches in obeying the Great Commission have been greatly influenced by his wisdom and experience. After serving overseas, Pastor Jonathan began serving in 2009 as the Pastor of Global Disciple-Making at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. He helped shape the church’s vision and strategy for making disciples of all nations, including the unreached. By God’s grace, Jonathan’s life will continue to yield eternal fruit as those affected by his ministry continue to take the gospel to all the peoples of the earth. His faith family at The Church at Brook Hills shared the following:
The legacy of Jonathan’s life is one marked by faithfulness to God, an unyielding commitment to the Great Commission, and an abounding love for his family, the Church, and all peoples yet to be reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ. In his last sermon preached at Brook Hills he reminded us that we all “must be faithful stewards of the gospel as we await the King’s return.” We know with confidence that Jonathan’s steadfast stewardship was rewarded today as he was granted ultimate healing and welcomed into the embrace of his Savior.
Join us in giving thanks to God for his faithful servant, Jonathan Bean. Please be in prayer for his wife, his children, and for his church family.