Jon is a former Peace Corps volunteer, a community organizer, and a parish pastor. He has taught at Oregon State University, Seattle Pacific University, and the University of Washington. Since 1997, he has served as adjunct instructor for NMU’s Center for Native American Studies, teaching Native Cultures and
Jon has authored fifty articles on the subject of spirituality, cross-cultural conflict, and psychology. He is published in Montana Magazine, Lake Superior Magazine, America, The Christian Century, Theology Today and the Journal of Asian Martial Arts.
Since 2008, the Cedar Tree Institute has coordinated the Zaagkii Project, an effort to protect native plants and pollinators. This has been a collaborative initiative of the Marquette County Juvenile Court, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, and the US Forest Service. In October 2011, he plans to lead a delegation of youth volunteers into Mexico as part of this project, following the annual migration of the monarch butterfly.