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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 Ferocity Of Fire

“On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.” Acts 8:1

In 1988 Yellowstone National Park experienced a devastating fire that shut down a great deal of the park leaving it scorched and desolate. It showed the great damage that fire can do, not only to wildlife, but also to the structures that have been erected over time. It was the largest fire in the history of Yellowstone National Park.

There is a particular fear and, at the same time, fascination that accompanies fire. Growing up in southern California I used to love to sit and just stare into the fireplace, watching the flames consume the logs neatly positioned there. It was relaxing, almost mesmerizing, and provided silent moments of reflection. When I moved north and purchased a home I wanted a wood-burning fireplace to recreate those moments. What I ended up with was a gas-burning artificial log. What became clear was that the concern for air quality and the destructive power of an uncontained fire were greater than my need for a re-creation of fond memories and reflective moments. And I understand. Though fire may provide a certain fascination it always carries with it a danger of life scorched, burned and consumed.

Therefore, though I don’t readily think about the dangers of fire or imagine myself having to deal with fire’s devastating effects, I realize that the possibility of fire calls for great caution. There are those who have endured the pain, devastation and loss associated with fire in a way far beyond what I understand. There are dangers that follow us in this world and at times consume our lives. These painful and destructive forces are to be avoided, if possible, when they present themselves. As a result we remain vigilant and alert to the dangers of life around us. We guard what we believe to be ours, no matter what form it takes. But even with all our vigilance there are times when the fire jumps the firebreak and finds a new source of fuel. We are left watching helplessly the destruction, thinking only of escape.

In the New Testament book of Acts, chapter eight, a fire storm of persecution rained down in Jerusalem on the new believing community called the church. Those followers of Jesus who were not dragged off to prison were scattered to the four winds, displaced by this spiritually based attack. The interesting thing is that rather than destroying the church, this fire of persecution seemed to cause the church to expand and flourish in new places.

Ecologists have come to realize the value of the fires in Yellowstone, as devastating as they were. The primary source of fuel for the fire was the great Lodge Pole pine trees that populate the forests there. Those species of tree have pinecones that encase the seed in an almost indestructible shell. It has been discovered that only intense heat will release the seed from the shell and allow new growth to occur. It has provided a further insight into these devastating fires.

In the early church the fires of persecution provided the intense heat to release the seed of the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ and scatter it abroad in the greater world. This persecution was not the end of the church, but the means used by God to scatter further the seed of Christ’s love and grace. It is this very seed that brings transformation to life.

I have been considering the places of pain and relative devastation in my own life and have realized, that compared to others, I have endured little. But I still want to escape whatever the painful circumstances are. My tendency is to run from the fire as fast as I can. But in so doing, I may be attempting to circumvent the very process of transformation God has for me. Only as the intense heat of the transforming love of Jesus is applied to my life can the new seed be scattered within me that produces a greater harvest of fruit, the fruits not only of influence for the sake of God’s kingdom, but the fruit of virtues like humility, kindness and love. It takes an increasingly mature eye to see the value of the transforming fire of the Holy Spirit bringing about the deeper inner transformation Jesus intends for my life. In the fires of transformation those things that are not of God are further removed while the seed of Jesus, His grace and His love, is exposed and given space to take root.

As you consider this day the difficulties and painful circumstances of your life, what is the seed of Jesus that those fires are exposing so that you might further be transformed by His power? As in the Yellowstone fires, what seems devastating at the time can result in new growth and greater fruit. Sometimes the greatest transformation comes as we surrender to the fire and allow the old to be burned away so that the new can then take root. May you experience the presence of Jesus accompanying you in the midst of the flames with His own love, grace and comfort, may the seeds of His love be further exposed and scattered within and through your life this day, and may you be further transformed into His own glorious likeness! Grace and peace from God our heavenly Father.

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Calendar

January

January 16, 2016, Lead half day retreat (8:30AM-1:30PM) at Journey Christian Church, Irvine, California

January 19-22, 2016, The Journey Retreat, Forest Home Christian Conference Center, Forest Falls, CA.

February

February 6, 2016, Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat, 9 AM-4 PM, 5153 Santa Fe Ave. Oakdale CA 95361-8251

February 28, 2016, Press Pause Evening, 6:30PM-8:30PM, 4413 Touraine Parc Lane, Modesto, CA 95356

March

March 12, 2016. Lead “Be Still” Day Retreat for Community Baptist Church Staff, Waterford, CA

April

April 26-29, 2016, The Journey Retreat, Pine Springs Ranch, Mountain Center, CA
April 30, 2016, East Hills Community Church Women’s Day Retreat, Riverside, CA

May

May 21, 2016, Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” day retreat, 9AM-4PM, Christ the King Retreat Center, Citrus Heights, CA

July

July 9, 2016, Men’s Ministry Breakfast 8:30 AM, Cross Sound Church, Bainbridge Island, WA
July 10, 2016, Evening House Concert, 6:30 PM, Hosts Jim & Lisa Bernardin, 1858 Commodore Lane NW, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
July 16, 2016, “Be Still” Day Retreat 9 AM, New Bridge Community Church, 812 Central Street SE, Olympia, WA
July 17, 2016, Preach, New Bridge Community Church, 812 Central Street SE, Olympia, WA
July 20, 2016, Evening Concert, Abbot David School for Spiritual Directors, Mary & Joseph Retreat Center,5300 Crest Rd. Rolling Hills, CA 90275
July 21, 2016, Morning Teaching, Abbot David School for Spiritual Directors, Mary & Joseph Retreat Center,5300 Crest Rd. Rolling Hills, CA 90275

August

August 13, 2016, Evening House Concert, 7 PM, Hosts Glenn & Julie Pickett, 3600 Linwood Place, Riverside, CA 92506-1869
August 20, 2016, Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” day retreat, 9AM-4PM, Asilomar Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Blvd., Pacific Grove, CA 93950

September

September 25, 2016, Teaching, Wellspring Christian Counselors, Oakdale, CA.
September 27-30, 2016, Teaching/worship, The Journey Retreat, Alhatti Christian Resort, Idyllwild, CA

October

October 21-23, 2016, Trabucco Hills Presbyterian Men’s Retreat, Twin Peaks Retreat Center, Arrowhead, CA
October 28-30, 2016, North Coast Community Church Singles Retreat, Palomar Christian Conference Center, Palomar Mountain, CA-Cancelled

November

November 5, 2016, Press Pause Ministries, “Be Still” Day Retreat, (location pending)
November 11-13, 2016, Mount Hermon Press Pause Men’s Reflective Retreat, Mount Hermon, CA-Cancelled
November 14-15, 2016, Calamesa Adventist Church Staff Retreat, Orange County, CA

December

December 10, 2016, Southside Community Church, Sacramento, CA, Mini-Concert for Christmas Event
December 11, 2016, Press Pause Ministries Christmas Party, Modesto, CA

January

January 1, 2017,Southside Community Church, Sacramento, CA, Preach/Sing for Worship
January 15, 2017, Mill Creek Church, Modesto, CA, Preach/Sing for Worship Service.
January 17-20, The Leadership Institute Journey Retreat,Idyllwild, CA, Teach/Lead Worship
January 30, 2017, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Modesto, CA, Lead Staff “Be Still” Day Retreat.

February

February 4, 2017, Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat, Citrus Heights, CA

March

March 2, 2017, Modesto Pastor’s Lunch, Modesto, CA, Speak
March 3, 2017, North Coast Community Church Singles Event, Vista, CA, Teach/Mini Concert
March 30, 2017, Recovery Modesto, Modesto, CA, Speak

April

April 25-May2, 2017, Entrust Missions Conference, Corinth, Greece, Lead Worship

May

May 2-5, 2017, The Leadership Institute Journey Retreat,Idyllwild, CA, Teach/Lead Worship
 
May 12, 2017, Patterson Christian Fellowship Men’s Retreat, Twain Hart, CA, Speak and Sing
May 20, 2017, Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat, Christ The King Retreat Center, Citrus Heights, CA

June

July

July 9, 2017, Officiate Wedding for Elly Byron and Todd Frickey, Minneapolis, MN
July 16, 2017 Grace Point Church, New Brighton, MN, Sing in Morning Service and Evening Concert
July 28-29, 2017-Spiritual Direction School Retreat, Palos Verdes, CA, PM Concert and AM Teaching

August

August 19, 2017 Press Pause Ministries 7PM House Concert, 617 Calle De Soto, San Clemente, CA, Singing
August, 26, 2017,9AM-4PM Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat, Asilomar, CA

September

September 15-17, 2017, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church of Thousand Oaks All Church Retreat, Carpenteria, CA, Speak and Sing

October

October 3-6, 2017, The Leadership Institute Journey Retreat, Mountain Center, CA, Teach and Sing

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”

Contact Us

For more information about Press Pause, or Jon Byron, you may contact us at 209-556-7389, or please contact using the form below:

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