Rev. Jonathan T. Van Deventer, 61, of Monticello, Georgia, husband of Debra Yarnall Van Deventer, departed the church militant for the church triumphant Sunday, July 10, 2022. His funeral service will be held on Saturday July 23, 2022, in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1157 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. at 11:00 a.m. A second service will be held in Monticello Presbyterian Church, where he most recently served as pastor, at a later date to be determined. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.
Jon was born October 31, 1960, in Starke, Florida, the son of the late Rev. Dr. Barry D. Van Deventer and Laurie T. Van Deventer. He was a minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as well as a carpenter whenever he got the chance. He enjoyed woodworking, experiencing nature from the beach to the mountains with his wife, wordsmithing, photography, spending time with his grandchildren, disarming folks with a ready grin, a corny joke and a hearty laugh, and caring for the congregations he served. He loved dogs openly, cats begrudgingly, and was equal parts baffled, charmed, and envious of children. He preached and lived loving others. An ongoing seeker and dusty saint, Jon was most at home in jeans and a button down, but would don a tie and pastor's robe when necessary. He was a proud graduate of Middleton High School, Presbyterian College & Union Theological Seminary.
Jon is survived by his wife, Debbie; three step-children: Lindsey Nandrasy, Morgan Siler (Joel), and Alan Nandrasy (Suzzy); three siblings: David B. Van Deventer, Anne V. Camburn and Sara V. Williams; two granddaughters: Neva and Frankie; five nephews: Christopher Camburn (Katie), Collin Camburn, Jacob Williams, Seth Williams and Ethan Williams; as well as a large, loving extended family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Jasper County Community Food Bank (Monticello, GA) or the Mercy, Love, and Joy Fund at the Monticello Presbyterian Church.
The Charleston service may be viewed via livestream at the church's website, wpccharleston.org.