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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


A Theology of Devolution

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:26-27

I discover more and more each day that I need more and more help. It seems in my life instead of evolving into a more self-sufficient person I am devolving into someone who increasingly prizes the assistance offered by others around me. I think the help was always there and available, but I was less receptive to the idea that I needed help of any kind. Asking for and receiving help always seemed to me to be a sign of weakness and dependence that diminished my good standing with others. The reality is that my reticence to admit weakness has more to do with my ego and the ways I want to be perceived by others.

What I am discovering is that Biblical maturity seems to be a devolution into a more child-like response of dependence and trust than it is evolving into someone more self–reliant and independent. Jesus knows our need for help when He speaks of the Advocate the Father will send to lead us and remind us of what is truly important. Growth and maturity are best realized when we recognize that God’s help is forever needed on the journey of life. There is not some moment in the path to maturity in which God becomes irrelevant. My salvation is not based on what I can accomplish but always based on His grace that transforms and renews me even when I am weak and imperfect. But it is not easy to let go of our own efforts to perfectly control the outcomes of our lives. The Holy Spirit, the Advocate, according to these verses, doesn’t come just to keep us company, but to both lead and remind us. His leading and reminding seem to indicate that we will get lost and forget along the journey of life with Jesus. God would not send and provide someone we didn’t need, or someone we only needed occasionally. The Holy Spirit remains with us always because we always need the power, advocacy, help, conviction and comfort He provides. Any outcomes we experience are due not to our control and management, but are the fruit of His presence with us in all of life.

One of the primary fruits of this relationship is peace. When I am attentive to relationship with Jesus I should be experiencing a growing peace. Therefore, if I have spiritual experiences that leave me anxious and afraid, they may not have originated with the Holy Spirit. Even Paul, in his second letter to Timothy, says that God has not given us a Spirit of fear, but of power, love and discipline.

I am praying for a growing sense of child-like faith that manifests itself in a true humility and vulnerability. I long to discover more and more the love of Jesus that greets me each day with a desire to help me become all that He has intended from the beginning. I long to abandon the merit based performance that seeks to accomplish more so Jesus will love me more. I long to manifest the peace that comes from Jesus rather than the anxiety that I have not done enough to earn my place with the Father. I long for a transformed perspective that realizes and acknowledges that my imperfections, character flaws and helplessness to change them are the very gateway to the grace of God in Christ. I long to be able to celebrate my weakness that the power of God that comes through grace might be manifested in my life.

I need the help that only Jesus can provide. Whatever I think I must do to achieve some sense of my salvation and transformation must be abandoned to allow His work of love and grace to bear the fruit of His life in me. Jesus seemed to indicate that all I can do is to trust what he has done, and will do to rescue me from myself, and the insanity of my merit-based life. He has provided the Advocate, His Holy Spirit, to assist me in this journey of faith. He knows I still need help along the way.

So, I am learning to be comfortable with my devolution and embrace again a child-like faith in all Jesus continues to offer and provide for me. I am learning a different definition of maturity and growth, which has far more to do with my weakness than my strength. Ultimately, Jesus, His love and sufficient grace, is truly all I need. May this song assist you further in your reflection.

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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 13-16, 2018, Nigerian Journey Retreat, Jos, Nigeria, Teaching and singing
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

November

November 11, 2017, 9AM-4PM Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat, Christ The King Retreat Center, Citrus Heights, CA,
November 26, 2017, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Modesto, CA, Preach in services

December

December 17, 2017, Press Pause Ministries Christmas Party, 4413 Touraine Parc Lane, Modesto, CA,

January

January 30, 2018, Redeemer Church Staff, 820 H Street, Modesto, CA 95354, Teach/Sing

February

February 3, 2018, 9AM-4PM Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat, Christ The King Retreat Center, Citrus Heights, CA,
February 4, 2018, North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave., Modesto, CA 95350, Preaching and Singing in Sunday morning service.
February 11, 2018, North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave., Modesto, CA 95350, Preaching and Singing in Sunday morning service.

March

March 11, 2018, North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave., Modesto, CA 95350, Preaching and Singing in Sunday morning service.

April

April 8, 2018, Escalon Presbyterian Church,1612 1st St, Escalon, CA 95320, 10:30 AM, Worship/Sing
April 15, 2018, North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave., Modesto, CA 95350, Preaching and Singing in Sunday morning service.
April 21, 2018, 9AM-4PM Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat, 617 Calle de Soto San Clemente CA. 92672
April 21, 2018, 7:30 PM Concert, Canvas Church, Irvine, CA.

May

May 1-4, 2018-The Leadership Institute Journey Retreat, Mountain Center, CA, Teach and Sing
May 19, 2018-9AM-4PM Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat, Christ The King Retreat Center, Citrus Heights, CA,
May 27, 2018-North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave., Modesto, CA 95350, Preaching and Singing in Sunday morning service.

June

June 5, 2018-Video Conference for Spiritual Direction Journey Cohort-Teaching
June 17, 2018-Southside Community Church, Sacramento, CA, Preach/Sing for Worship

July

July 1, 2018-North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave., Modesto, CA 95350, Preaching and Singing in Sunday morning service.
July 8, 2018-Escalon Presbyterian Church, 1612 1st Street, Escalon, CA, Preaching and Singing in Sunday morning service 10:30 AM.
July 12, 2018-Mount Hermon Christian Conference Family Camp, Mount Hermon, CA-Teach Thursday Breakout Session-11:15AM
July 17, 2018-Mount Hermon Christian Conference Family Camp, Mount Hermon, CA-Teach Tuesday Breakout Session-11:15AM
July 22, 2018-First Presbyterian Church Upland, 869 N. Euclid Avenue, Upland, CA 91786, Morning Service 10AM, Worship & Special Music
July 25, 2018-Flipside Church-10912 Jersey Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730, Encourage/Teach Staff

August

August 5, 2018-North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave., Modesto, CA 95350, Preaching and Singing in Sunday morning service.
August 14, 2018-Mount Hermon Christian Conference Family Camp, Mount Hermon, CA-Teach Tuesday Breakout Session-11:15AM
August 25, 2018 9AM-4PM Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat, Christ The King Retreat Center, Citrus Heights, CA,

September

September 13-16, 2018-The Journey Retreat Nigeria Mission Trip, Teach & Sing
September 28-30, 2018-Riverbend Church, Bend, Oregon, Lead Press Pause Weekend for Church

October

October 2-5, 2018-The Leadership Institute Journey Retreat, Mountain Center, CA, Teach and Sing

November

November 6, 2018-Journey Spiritual Direction Virtual Video Conference/Meeting, Teaching
November 10, 2018,9AM-4PM Press Pause Ministries “Be Still” Day Retreat, Christ The King Retreat Center, Citrus Heights, CA,

December

December 30, 2018-Southside Community Church, Sacramento, CA, Preach/Sing for Worship

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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