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The hope of Press Pause Ministries is that individuals, groups and organizations would learn to implement pause in their lives so they can experience God in a more personal and transformative way.

 

Why do we care?

Our lives in this 21st century are busy and full to the degree that the thought of slowing our pace escapes us, and the possibility of empty space in our lives is more myth than reality. Too many of us feel that the walls are closing in and the margins of life are small to non-existent. The Creator has woven into the fabric of His relationship with humanity words like Sabbath, rest, waiting and stillness. All these seem to suggest the cessation of movement or activity.

Psalm 118:5
“When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord and He brought me into a spacious place.”

When we pause with God long enough to hear His voice, learn about ourselves, and experience transformation, we actually discover His spacious place of life and love and become more effective ministers of His good news. We believe that helping people and organizations learn to pause to be with the Lord will result in greater spiritual health, thus causing their personal and organizational lives to flourish.

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Jon Byron

Jon Byron is a gifted conference and retreat speaker, singer/songwriter and spiritual director who is able to combine gentle humor, strong Biblical content and practical application into challenging messages. He served for nine years as Pastor of Spiritual Direction on the staff at Big Valley Grace Community Church in Modesto, CA. He also has ministered nationally and internationally through concerts, teaching, evangelizing, and spiritual direction. He has written and produced several recordings including his most recent, “All I Really Need.”

Among his other activities he is a founding member of The Leadership Institute and presently serves on the faculty. Jon travels and ministers on behalf of Press Pause Ministries encouraging individuals and groups to pause and experience God’s transforming presence. He says of himself, “I’m learning each day the necessity and joy of pressing pause to create space in my life to experience the Lord.”

Jon is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and the Monastery of the Risen Christ School for Spiritual Directors. He is married to Francie and they have three children and seven grandchildren.

Statement of Faith

We believe in one God, Creator, personal and triune.

  • We believe in the full authority of the Scriptures.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ, being fully God, became fully human by taking on human flesh through the virgin birth.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ accomplished redemption by His atoning death and bodily resurrection and now lives in glory and will return again.
  • We believe that all who receive Jesus Christ by faith as their own Savior are saved not by personal merit but by Christ’s death and resurrection.
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells and empowers every believer that each may be conformed to the image of Christ and united in the fellowship of the Body of Christ, the Church.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ has commissioned all believers to be disciples and then to make disciples, proclaiming the Gospel and expressing God’s mercy and justice to all peoples everywhere.

Services from Press Pause Ministries

Desiring to be attentive to the Holy Spirit and the needs of those to whom we minister we offer a variety of services to help encourage pressing pause.

  • Concerts
  • Bible Teaching/Preaching
  • Teaching and Leading regarding Spiritual Practices
    • Lectio Divina (the devotional reading of Scripture)
    • Solitude and Silence
    • Spiritual Direction (the invitation to a relationship of co-listening for Spirit-led guidance)
    • Experiential Devotions
  • Spiritual Writing
  • Leading Day and Weekend Retreats

These types of experiences could be offered
in contexts like:

  • Church Services or Programs
  • House Concerts (or other venues)
  • Weekend and Day Retreat Opportunities (such as the Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” day retreat, the Leadership Institutes “Journey” retreat, or Mount Hermon’s “Press Pause” Men’s Retreat)
  • Small Cluster/Bible Study Groups
  • Spiritual Direction Appointments
  • Leadership/Staff Retreats and Times of Refreshment
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For further information on scheduling Jon for an event please email Jon Byron through the Contact Form.


What People Are Saying

“I’ve known Jon since I was a young college pastor just starting out in ministry. He’s been a spiritual friend and encourager in my life since then. I admire his gracious, wise and resourceful soul. His ministry is a wonderful and rare combination of musical talent, speaking gifts and a spiritual director’s wisdom. I highly recommend his ministry to you. I have benefitted from it more than I know how to express.”
Alan Fadling, President and Founder of Unhurried Living, Author of An Unhurried Life


“I have known Jon for over 30 years and he has always been dedicated to nurturing depth and facilitating transformation in followers of Christ. His genuine care and gentle challenges to grow flow through both his speaking and singing ministries. Spend any amount of time with Jon and you will be touched by his ministry. More than that, you will be moved to connect more deeply with Christ.”
Jana Sundene, Associate Professor of Christian Ministries, Trinity International University, Author of Shaping the Journey of Emerging Adults


“I have known Jon, grown thru Jon and ministered with Jon for over 40 years. HIs richness comes from his long times of communion with His Lord. The impact of His life, songs and teaching are transformational for they occur thru the activity of the Holy Spirit. His communication breadth extends from youth thru older adults. I highly recommended his Press Pause Ministries. Pressing Pause will be a significant time of refreshment, renewal and direction in your life.”
Dr. Chuck Miller, President, Barnabas Inc., Author of The Spiritual Formation of Leaders


The Beckoning Wilderness

Matthew 2:14
“So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt,”

Matthew 4:1
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”

It is the last week of December and the day celebrating the birth of Jesus has past, though the influence and impact of His birth continue to reverberate through the world. Like a pebble breaking the surface of a reflective pool the ripples are moving out from the center to the outer most boundaries of the shoreline.

I find that the days after Christmas, considering all the anticipation and work preparing for the birth of Christ, leave me somewhat deflated. It may be as simple as lack of sleep or just being emotionally spent, but I tend to see more of the darkness ahead than the light behind. This seems odd to me since the light of the world has come, yet it is strangely how I feel at times.

As I consider this one of the things that strikes me about the Christmas story and in general the life of Jesus is that there is always a wilderness ahead to be traversed. It begins when Joseph, Mary and the child Jesus must escape by night from the danger of Herod seeking to eliminate any threat to His throne. They are directed to Egypt to wait until the danger passes and then eventually to Nazareth to avoid Herod’s descendants. The holy family is called to begin a wilderness journey to the land of Egypt, back to Judea and finally to Galilee. But for Jesus the journey that often begins with such inspirational moments, like the heavens opening up at His baptism, includes more wilderness experiences. It is not necessarily always the physical wilderness of the Judean desert, but the spiritual wilderness of a dark world. He comes to bring light and life into that dark and dangerous world, into my own dark and dangerous world.

I need not fear the dark or the danger when I walk in His light. But it does not necessarily mean there are not desolate places to be traversed, in the same way Jesus traverses the desolate places of the wilderness and transforms them into places of prayer, nourishment and fruitfulness. The ministry of Jesus reaches into the very darkest places of my life to bring light that exposes, guides and ultimately heals. Rather than avoiding these wilderness places I am beckoned to enter and journey through them in the presence of and with the guidance of Jesus. The wilderness is a transformative place that takes the clay of my life and reshapes it by the power of the Holy Spirit into the pleasing vessel God intends. It is not necessarily an easy or comfortable place, and God knows that is what I’d prefer. But on this journey I must trust that He knows the best way to the destination and also the best way to help me arrive in the condition He intends.

The Christmas story is part of the ongoing story God has written for humanity. It is the fulfillment of the prophetic word spoken in ages past. But, though the birth of Christ has accomplished fulfillment of much of the prophetic record, God’s story for humanity will not be fully realized until all creation is made complete and whole in Him and through Him. His birth at Christmas just reminds me that there is a new birth awaiting us all in Jesus. The uncomfortable wilderness experiences are, as Jesus often described, the labor pains that accompany new birth into the new life of His kingdom. He has scattered seed in this wilderness, cultivated ground in this wilderness and is bringing to fruition in this wilderness a harvest of new life in Him. It seems my role is always to surrender to the work He is accomplishing in and through me so that I might experience the new life He intends.

As we move into a new year there most likely will be moments of darkness and areas of wilderness ahead, but the good news of Christmas is that Jesus, the light of the world has been born and Emmanuel, God with us, accompanies us each step along the way. Our transformation and arrival are in good hands. May you take hold of the one who has graciously extended His hand, His heart and His whole life to you to take hold of on this journey. Blessings and happy New Year!

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Calendar

January 2019

January 6, 2019-Cornerstone Community Church, Chowchilla, CA, Preach and Sing
January 16-19, 2019-Journey Retreat-Paso Robles, CA, Teach, Lead Worship and Concert

February 2019

February 9, 2019- Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat, Modesto, CA, Teach
February 10, 2019-Escalon Presbyterian Church, Escalon, CA., Music

March 2019

March 16-17, 2019-Valley Church, Cupertino, CA-“Be Still” Day Retreat, Saturday Evening Concert, Lead Sunday Worship

April 2019

May 2019

May 7-10, 2019-Journey Retreat, Pine Springs Retreat Center, Mountain Center, CA.-Teach and Lead worship
May 18, 2019-Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” day retreat, Modesto, CA, Teach

June 2019

June 30,2019-Escalon Presbyterian Church, 10:30 AM Worship & special music, Escalon, CA

July 2019

July 21, 2019-Cornerstone Community Church, Chowchilla, CA-AM Worship Service, Preach and Sing,
July 24, 2019-Middleburg Free Grace Reformed Church-Orange City Iowa-Wednesday Evening House Concert
July 26, 2019-Orchard Hill Church, Grundy Center, IA, Friday Evening House Concert
July 28, 2019-GracePoint Church, New Brighton, MN, Morning Service-Preach and Sing

August 2019

August 2, 2019-Rhythm of Grace, Prairie Ridge, KS- Friday Evening House Concert/Cantus Divina
August 24, 2019-Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat 9AM-4PM-Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA
August 25, 2019-Santiago House Concert, 6:30 PM-Arroyo Grande, CA

September 2019

September 13, 2019-Stephan House Concert, 6 PM- San Mateo, CA

October 2019

October 1-4, 2019-TLI Journey Retreat, Pine Springs Ranch, Mountain Center, CA-Teach/Worship
October 13, 2019-Escalon Presbyterian Church 10:30AM Worship Service-Preach/Sing
October 27, 2019-Escalon Presbyterian Church 4PM-6PM-Teach on Healthy Spiritual Rhythms

November 2019

November 2, 2019-Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” day retreat 9AM-4PM-Modesto, CA

December 2019

December 8, 2019-Press Pause Ministries Christmas Gathering-Modesto, CA-Teach/Sing

January 2020

January 19, 2020-First Presbyterian Church Upton-Upton, CA-Sing in Worship Service.
January 26, 2020-Escalon Presbyterian Church-Escalon, CA-Evening Concert 6:30 PM

February 2020

February 1, 2020-Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” day retreat 9AM-4PM-Modesto, CA
February 2, 2020-Escalon Presbyterian Church-Escalon, CA-Worship Morning Service

March 2020

Due to the Pandemic most in person ministry dates were postponed or cancelled.

April 2020

Due to the Pandemic most in person ministry dates were postponed or cancelled.

May 2020

Due to the Pandemic most in person ministry dates were postponed or cancelled.
May 16, 2020-Press Pause Ministries Virtual “Be Still” Day Retreat, 9AM-4PM

June 2020

Due to the Pandemic most in person ministry dates were postponed or cancelled.

July 2020

Due to the Pandemic most in person ministry dates were postponed or cancelled.
July 19, 2020-Southside Community Church-Preach & Sing

August 2020

Due to the Pandemic most in person ministry dates were postponed or cancelled.
August 22, 2020-Press Pause Ministries Virtual “Be Still” Day Retreat, 9AM-4PM

September 2020

Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom

October 2020

Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly
October 4, 2020-Escalon Presbyterian Church-assist as musician in worship service
October 11, 2020-Escalon Presbyterian Church-assist as musician in worship service
October 18, 2020-Escalon Presbyterian Church-assist as musician in worship service

November 2020

Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly
November 14, 2020-Press Pause Ministries Virtual “Be Still” Day Retreat on Zoom, 9AM-4PM

December 2020

Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly
December 27, 2020-Southside Community Church-Preach & Sing Morning

January 2021

Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly

February 2021

Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly
February 6, 2021-Press Pause Ministries Virtual “Be Still” Day Retreat on Zoom, 9AM-4PM

March 2021

Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly

April 2021

April 21-27-TLI Journey Appalachia-Teach and Sing-Knoxville, TN
Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly

May 2021

May 22, 2021-Press Pause Ministries Virtual “Be Still” day retreat
May 2, 9, 16, 23-Escalon Presbyterian Church-Teach on Personal Bible Study-Four Sundays at 9AM
Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly

June 2021

June 13, 2021-Escalon Presbyterian Church-assist as musician in worship service-Special music
Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly

July 2021

July 4, 2021-Escalon Presbyterian Church-assist as musician in worship service
July 18, 2021-Escalon Presbyterian Church-assist as musician in worship service
July 23, 2021-Orchard Hill Church, Grundy Center, IA, Friday Evening House Concert
July 25, 2021-Christ Presbyterian Church, Edina, MN, Sunday 9AM service-Lead Worship
July 28, 2021-Middleburg Free Grace Reformed Church-Orange City Iowa-Wednesday Evening House Concert
Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly

August 2021

August 1, 2021-GracePoint Church, New Brighton, MN, Morning Service-Preach/Sing-Evening Concert
August 4, 2021-Lakes Free Church, Lindstrom, MN-Evening Concert
August 21, 2021-Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” day retreat 9AM-4PM, Wellspring Church, Pacific Grove, CA
Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly

September 2021

September 18, 2021-Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” day retreat 9AM-4PM (Postponed)
Lectio Divina at Noon-Every Thursday from 12PM until 1PM on Zoom
Various Spiritual Direction Appointments-Weekly
September 26, 2021-Church of the Cross Modesto, CA-Preaching

October 2021

October 3, 2021-Escalon Presbyterian Church, Escalon, CA-assist as musician in morning worship service
October 10, 2021-First Presbyterian Church, Upland, CA-Morning
Special Music
October 17, 2021-Escalon Presbyterian Church, Escalon, CA-Lead morning worship
October 22, 2021-Journey Nigeria Zoom Presentation on worship
October 26-28, 2021-Journey Retreat Pine Spring Ranch, Mountain Center, CA-Teach/Lead Worship

November 2021

November 13, 2021-Press Pause Ministries Virtual “Be Still” Day Retreat
November 21-Cornerstone Church, Chowchilla, CA, Preach
November 28, 2021-Escalon Presbyterian Church, Escalon, CA-Lead morning worship

December 2021

December 5, 12, 19, 2021-Escalon Presbyterian Church, Escalon, CA, Teach Adult Class
December 26-Escalon Presbyterian Church, Escalon, CA, Preach

January 2022

February 2022

March 2022

Music

Send a check payable to Jon Byron for the price of the CD plus $2 shipping and handling. Please mail your check to: Jon Byron, 4413 Touraine Parc Lane, Modesto, CA 95356. Or you can order at www.cdbaby.com or Itunes.

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All I Really Need – $15

Available on cdbaby.com and itunes.

“Goodbye”
“Be Still”

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Holy Dance – $15

Available on cdbaby.com and itunes.

“The Rustling Of The Leaves”

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More Beneath The Surface – Double CD $25

Available on cdbaby.com and itunes.

“I Turn To You”

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This Heart Of Mine

Only available as a digital download on itunes.

“The Wind That Blows”

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